The activists in attendance roundly cheered two 1996 prospects who still have not decided whether to run and who are not given much of a chance if they do: Dornan and Buchanan. Dornan, who was recently disciplined by the House for contending that Clinton had given "aid and comfort" to North Vietnam by avoiding military service, repeated his controversial remarks, then asked the audience: "Should I run?"
The response was a thunderous yes.
Buchanan delivered a populist polemic in which he denounced the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and the North American Free Trade Agreement. He also criticized the United Nations, abortion rights and the financial "bailout" of Mexico. Referring to the current GOP platform provision opposing abortion, Buchanan declared: "Anyone who tries to rip that plank out of the platform will have to go over Pat Buchanan."