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1. Who would you most like to see lose in the November elections?

32% Jesse Helms

27% Newt Gingrich

9% Richard Gephardt

4% Tom DeLay

4% David Bonior

7% None

17% (Write-in)

…And our number one write-in was…Bill Clinton, with 30 votes.

2. Who said these famous debate soundbites?

a. Bob Dole called WWII “a Democrat war” during the 1976 vice-presidential debate with Walter Modale.

b. John F. Kennedy said “I think it’s time America started moving again” during the 1960 presidential debate with Richard Nixon.

c. James Stockdale said “Who am I? What am I doing here?” during the 1992 vice-presidential debate with Al Gore and Dan Quayle.

d. Ronald Reagan asked “Are you and your family better off than you were four years ago?” during the 1980 presidential debate with Jimmy Carter.

e. Damon Stoudamire, of the Toronto Raptors basketball team said “I think I’m a born leader. I’ve been preparing for things like this all my life” in respose to being named team captain on October 7, 1996.

f. Gerald Ford said “There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe” during the 1976 presidential debate with Jimmy Carter.

3. Who would you want to be president in 2000?

24% Al Gore

19% Ralph Nader

8% Colin Powell

8% Bill Bradley

7% Dianne Feinstein

5% Jack Kemp

5% Christine Todd Whitman

3% Governor George W. Bush

21% None of the above

4. How many times will the following words be said at next Wednesday’s debate? [Choose a number between 0 and 10, or “more than 10” times.]
The person with the closest answer wins a Hellraiser t-shirt. (To be based on a word count from AllPolitics transcript of debate.)

a. “Tobacco” — 6 times

b. “Campaign finance reform” — Once

c. Bob Dole says “liberal” — 3 times

d. Bob Dole refers to himself as “Bob Dole” — 3 times

e. Clinton says “That dog won’t hunt” — 0 times

f. Dole says, “I’m not going to make this an issue, but…” — 0 times

g. Dole mentions “Whitewater” — 0 times

And the winner is Carrie Stewart! Congratulations, Carrie!

5. If the elections were held today, and all these candidates had an equal chance of winning, who would you vote for?

32% Bill Clinton (Democrat)

29% Harry Browne (Libertarian)

26% Ralph Nader (Green Party)

7% Bob Dole (Republican)

3% Ross Perot (Reform Party)

1.2% John Hagelin (Natural Law Party)

.5% Howard Phillips (U.S. Taxpayers Party)

.3% Lyndon Larouche (Democrat)

1% None

6. If the elections were held today, and you were restricted to just these two candidates, which one would you vote for?

63% Bill Clinton

17% Bob Dole

20% None

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