October 31, 2002
A series of new polls show eroding support for Bush and for his proposed military action against Iraq. The nonpartisan Pew Research Center poll found that 59 percent approved of the job Bush is doing as president, a high number, but his lowest score since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist strikes.
It remains to be seen how these findings may affect the voters next week. Similar polls find little change in how voters see the two parties. A majority has more faith in Republicans on the topic of terrorism and in the Democrats on saving Social Security and other pocketbook issues.
Even in Florida, where the president’s brother Jeb is struggling to hang onto his gubernatorial seat, presidential coattails seem most noticeable by their absence. Gov. Bush’s lead has shrunk to single-digit margins in most polls and Democrats cherish hopes of mounting an upset win in that crucial state.
Both the president and his brother, Jeb, may be vulnerable on economic issues. Since George Bush took the White House, 106,400 Floridians lost jobs, and 170,100 of the state’s workers are in danger of losing unemployment benefits. Florida workers have lost $7.2 billion in 401(k) benefits caused by a sagging stock market and corporate scams. The state’s pension fund lost $415 million to corporate shenanigans like Enron and WorldCom.
Remember, too, that President Bush inherited a federal budget surplus when he took office. He has since turned that into a massive deficit.
“Your votes are crucial,” said IP Tom Buffenbarger. “Don’t be fooled by slick political commercials and campaign rhetoric. Just check the record.”
Mondale Enters Senate
Polls show Mondale with a lead in the race against GOP hopeful Norm Coleman, a former St. Paul mayor who was also trailing Wellstone before he died in a tragic plane crash that also took the lives of his wife, daughter, three staff aides and the two pilots.
ARA Issues Voting
Record on Senior Issues
The record is based on 10 votes cast in the House and 10 votes in the Senate. Seniors are a critical voting bloc and always pay close attention to how their representatives vote on their issues, explained George J. Kourpias, Alliance president. “This is a concrete way to determine whether their representatives truly stood up for them or caved in to special interests,” he said. For details, visit www.retiredamericans.org.
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Funeral Held for Slain U.S. Diplomat
Foley was serving as a senior official in the U.S. Agency for International Development in Jordan when he was shot from close range as he left his home near Amman.
A Boston native and distinguished Foreign Service official who began his career as a Peace Corp volunteer in 1965, Foley’s is also uncle to IAM District 38 Business Representative Jim Foley.
“The IAM extends condolences and prayers to Jim and his family,” said IP Tom Buffenbarger. “His uncle’s life time of public service will long serve as an inspiration to his friends, family and countrymen alike.”