DEBATE NOTEBOOK: Kemp Can't Resist Football Analogies
Oct. 10, 1996
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) _ Vice President Al Gore handed Jack Kemp a tough challenge at the start of their debate: If the former NFL quarterback would refrain from football analogies, Gore wouldn't talk about chlorofluorocarbons.
Kemp agreed. But for a former AFC Pro-Bowler, it proved too much to ask.
Within 10 minutes, Kemp said: ``We cannot just run the clock out on the 20th century.''
A little later, the GOP nominee said he left pro football when he moved to Congress, but joked that some fans thought he had quit football several years earlier.
Kemp later repeated the reference to ``running the clock out on the 20th century.''
Gore, though, kept his end of the deal, talking about toxic waste and saving the Everglades, but never again mentioning chlorofluorocarbons.
As the candidates accepted congratulatory handshakes near the stage after the debate, parents pushed their children toward retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, who was in the audience.
Signing autographs and snapshots, the hero of the Persian Gulf War said he wouldn't have minded a feistier contest.
``I used to debate, you know. I like a little give-and-take,'' said the general, who lives in the Tampa area.
``We've almost washed debates of their flavor,'' he grumbled good-naturedly. ``There's nothing wrong with a little give-and-take. But that's just my opinion.''
In the middle of the debate, JoAnn Crowder screamed. She wasn't terrified by politics or policy. She was just thrilled to hear her name as she watched on television in Detroit.
Gore named the Detroit woman as an example of people who have moved from welfare to work during the Clinton administration, through a job created in an empowerment zone.
Crowder, 43, works for Pistons Packaging, a company started by two former Detroit Pistons. Previously, she was on welfare eight years after the factory where she worked closed.
During those eight years on welfare, Crowder raised three teen-age daughters. The load got heavier in 1993 after her husband died.
In September 1995, Crowder landed the job at Pistons Packaging, earning $6 an hour. Now, she's a quality control inspector, earning $8 an hour. The money has enabled her to move to a house and assume a mortgage.
Crowder's boss put her in touch with White House aides. On Monday, Gore called.
``We talked a little bit about the job,'' she said. ``I told him that now that I have my own house, he should come down and visit so