Forbes Makes Illinois Campaign Visit
OAK BROOK TERRACE, Ill. (AP) _ Millionaire publisher Steve Forbes brought his presidential campaign to the most Republican county in Illinois on Friday.
``It’s his flat tax. The tax laws are so complicated, and people are trying to save other people money by doing their taxes but I don’t think they’re doing it,″ said Ruth Adams, a Chicago family therapist among those roaring their approval.
As Forbes arrived at a DuPage County GOP dinner in this Chicago suburb, Adams said she found his tax simplification ideas comforting because ``the IRS is really scary.″
Forbes was met by cheering Republicans who are running as his delegates in Illinois’ Republican presidential primary on March 19.
``I like what he says about the tax,″ said Marty Saso, 67, a retired truck driver.
Joseph Tylutki, 20, a member of the DePaul University student Republican Club, said he felt ``very positive on Mr. Forbes.″
Tylutki was cool toward GOP front-runner Bob Dole. ``I don’t mean to bash the elderly, but I just don’t think that’s where the future of the Republican Party lies,″ he said.
Dole’s Illinois campaign coordinator, Edward Murnane, attended a local GOP dinner next door to the delegates’ reception and said the Senate leader has a comfortable lead over Forbes throughout the state.
Forbes, who was making his first visit to Illinois this year, said the state would be ``critical.″
``When you’re an outsider, you can’t take anything for granted and so you want to go into the big states early and put your message of growth and opportunity to the voters,″ Forbes said.