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San Antonio Couple Consider Meeting Worth It

August 13, 1995

DALLAS (AP) _ She said she did it for her children and grandchildren.

San Antonian Louise Lowes and her husband of 50 years, George, spent a long weekend at United We Stand America’s national convention.

The conference was tiring, but worth it, said Mrs. Lowes, whose neat red nails matched her red straw hat bearing small U.S. and Texas flags.

``We’re fighting this fight at our age because somebody’s got to,″ said Mrs. Lowes, a 70-year-old mother of four and grandmother of 10. ``Not that many people are active, and we’ve got to take back our government.

``It’s for you young people that we’re working _ for you.″

Mrs. Lowes can’t remember a time when she wasn’t politically involved. But her activism began in earnest when she worked for George Wallace’s American Party in the late 1960s.

The retired couple have kept it up since, primarily supporting Republican candidates. Lowes, 72, was a delegate to the state GOP convention in Fort Worth two years ago.

The couple said that when Perot decided to run for president in 1992, his ideas just seemed to click, and he got two votes from the Lowes household, and 19 percent of the vote nationwide.

``It was automatic. We liked what he stood for,″ Mrs. Lowes said. ``We were so disgusted with the way things were happening, it was like a breath of fresh air. Here was somebody speaking out.″

The Loweses are divided on whether they would support Perot again, saying he probably is in a more favorable position as an outsider. So far, they are attracted to Pat Buchanan and U.S. Rep. Bob Dornan, R-Calif., as presidential candidates but think it’s too soon to tell.

They both feel United We Stand may evolve into a third party.

``If we could make up more time getting our congressmen to enact the laws that we want, I think that would probably be better,″ Mrs. Lowes said.

Topics of key concern to the couple include moral issues, fighting crime, improving education, shrinking the government and doing away with unfunded mandates. Mrs. Lowes also opposes the United Nations.

While he was a bit disappointed in the conference turnout, Lowes, a retired contractor and World War II Air Force veteran, said the meeting produced ``a lot of fresh ideas.″

But, he said, ``It’s not a lot of rhetoric that is going to change the country. It’s going to be action that’s going to change it, and here’s a first step in something being done about it.″

Mrs. Lowes added, ``I think it gave a great deal of support to what we independent people in United We Stand have been working toward. It made us feel like it’s been worth it up to now.″

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