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Voters Look Ahead to 1996 Election Year

December 16, 1995

Comments by voters asked their opinions of President Clinton, the Republican Congress and their hopes for the 1996 election year:

``It’s not so much that I think Bill Clinton is wonderful and great, but that I am very concerned about how the Republicans are all trying so hard to see who is the most right, the farthest to the right. I don’t understand that.″ _ Ann Wingrove, 40, a gift shop owner in Frankfort, Ky.

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``I think he has more heart. I think he is more of a people person than his opponents.″ _ Rene Siria, 48, manager of crafts boutique in Frankfort.

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``I don’t like his views, especially on the budget. He’s not taking good care of the country.″ _ Sue Corwin, 50, medical records clerk from Blue Ash, Ohio.

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``I really hoped (Colin) Powell would have been in the race. He would have been 100 percent my choice.″ Carolyn O’Neill, 31, a San Diego Republican who works in health care marketing.

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``He’s totally American _ everything about him,″ Aaron Kosanke, 17, of San Diego, saying he hopes to cast his first vote for president next year for Ross Perot.

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``I don’t think (Clinton) has a lot of strong convictions that he sticks to. ... He seems to waffle a lot. .... I’m probably falling behind Dole right now. I think Dole is a little bit of a waffler, too.″ _ Tobey Lewallen, 37, works for Williamsburg, Mich., company that makes miniature golf courses.

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``It seems to be you can’t tell the difference between a Republican and a Democrat. ... I don’t believe the leaders of either party have presented anything or anybody to help the people.″ _ John Floren, 58, an Orlando, Fla., entrepreneur who voted for George Bush in 1992.

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