November 22, 1989
The elections of Nov. 7 should serve as a warning to President Bush and the Republican Party. Victories by David Dinkins in New York City, James J. Florio in New Jersey and L. Douglas Wilder in Virginia demonstrated that two political strategies President Bush has brought to the forefront of American politics have now exploded in his face. First, the American people do not want the rights of women to choose an abortion to be abridged. The clock will not be turned back.
November 10, 1994 |
After looking over the 1994 election field, the National Rifle Assn. drew a bead on 24 congressional and gubernatorial candidates. The NRA called them: "The 12 That Gotta Go . . . and 12 We Gotta Have." Then the pro-gun group spent $3.2 million on television and radio ads, billboards, leaflets and direct contributions to elect their friends and obliterate the "dirty dozen." In addition, it later deployed actor Charlton Heston in a television ad to help oust House Speaker Thomas S. Foley (D-Wash.
June 6, 1994 |
One day after Oliver L. North won Virginia's GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate, Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole rained on North's victory celebration by refusing to endorse his fellow Republican and reaching out to potential North opponent J. Marshall Coleman.
November 14, 1989 |
Virginia Gov.-elect L. Douglas Wilder told fellow Democrats on Monday they can recapture the White House if they return to "mainstream" politics as he did in becoming the first elected black governor. Appearing before the Democratic Leadership Council's fall conference, Wilder appeared to agree with President Bush's strong stand against new taxes as he outlined a new party strategy for winning national office in 1992. "Americans everywhere want to hold the line on taxes," he said.
September 16, 1994 |
Former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder withdrew from the U.S. Senate race in Virginia on Thursday, apparently bowing to the wishes of Democratic leaders convinced that his campaign could boost Republican Oliver L. North's chances to take the seat from incumbent Democrat Charles S. Robb.
October 19, 1994 |
In addition to the record-setting spending in California's Senate race, Virginia's race between Republican Oliver L. North and Democratic Sen. Charles S. Robb may also go into the spending record books. North, who built a huge direct-mail fund-raising network initially to pay for his defense in the trial growing out of the Iran-Contra scandal and then for political purposes, so far has raised $15.1 million, according to Federal Election Commission filings.
November 13, 1994 |
Despite the charges, countercharges and remarkably angry tenor of this year's congressional campaigns, nearly three out of four voters say they feel they learned enough about the candidates to make informed choices, according to a new post-election survey of voters.
July 13, 1994 |
The back-yard barbecue in a leafy Virginia suburb was half over and the time had come for Oliver L. North, Republican candidate for Senate, to speak. Before jumping into his standard stump speech about the evils of the Washington Establishment he hopes to tangle with for a second time, the former Marine lieutenant colonel and Iran-Contra defendant referred to his wife of 26 years. "Betsy was supposed to be here half an hour ago, but she's operating on Betsy Standard Time," he said.
November 21, 1989 |
President Bush, who was 0 for 3 in campaigning for Republican candidates on Election Day, 1989, set his sights Monday on the 1990 elections, stumping for Senate and gubernatorial candidates in Illinois and Rhode Island.