Republican presidential candidate George Bush has done it again. On Sept. 7, he surprised an American Legion convention audience by wondering aloud how many Americans remembered that it was Pearl Harbor Day.
Now, as if missing the date that the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and led the United States into World War II by three months wasn't enough, Bush has issued a press release with the names of four prominent Utahns misspelled.The five-paragraph press release notes the support the vice president has from Rep. Howard Neilson, R-Utah; Lt. Gov. Val Olva-son; state Rep. Nolan Karris, R-Roy; and the co-chairman of Bush campaign in Utah, De Lonne Anderson.
Nielson and Oveson are referred to in the press release as among "several of the state's most prominent and respected leaders," along with Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Utah, who will serve on the vice president's "leadership team."
Karras is announced as co-chairman of the Utah State Legislators for Bush Committee, with state Sen. Fred Finlinson, R-Salt Lake. And Delonne Anderson is co-chairman of the state campaign with Bonnie Stephens.
It should be noted that the Bush press release gets the names of Sens. Jake Garn and Orrin Hatch, both R-Utah, right as well as that of the state's Republican governor, Norm Bangerter.
These three are the campaign's Utah Honorary State Chairmen, according to the press release dated Sept. 1 from the national Bush-Quayle headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Rep. Wayne Owens, D-Utah, has agreed to debate his Republican challenger at least eight times once Congress recesses on Oct. 9, according to a staff assistant. The congressman will also make at least four joint appearances with Salt Lake ice cream company executive Richard Snelgrove.
The first debate is set for Oct. 12, when the 2nd Congressional District candidates will square off before students at the University of Utah at noon.
That's the day after the two are scheduled to make their first major joint appearance before the Salt Lake Rotary Club and the day before their second debate, which will be taped by KSL-TV to air on Oct. 15.
They are also scheduled to debate on Oct. 18 before the Youth Providers Association; on Oct. 20 on Mills Crenshaw's K-TALK radio show; on Oct. 23 on KUTV's Take Two show; on Oct. 24 on KUED; on Oct. 25 on KALL radio; and on Oct. 27 before the Sandy Chamber of Commerce.
"We haven't turned anything down," said Guy Williams, Owens' staff assistant. "I think we've been quite accommodating." Williams pointed out that the requests have come from the organizations, not from Snelgrove.
Snelgrove, who has moved his campaign to a store front at 2286 E. 33rd South, has been busy trying to capture the attention of voters through such tactics as riding along with Salt Lake police officers.
That ride, taken earlier this month, was to give the candidate a first-hand look at the city's drug problem and to criticize his opponent's vote on an amendment to an anti-drug bill.
Owens voted against legislation that will permit federal death sentences for those convicted of murder during drug-related felonies. The bill passed the House with the support of Utah's two Republican congressmen.
Snelgrove said in a recent press release that's an example of how Owens aligns himself with the "Northeastern liberals" and is "completely out-of-step" with the majority opinion of his Salt Lake constituents.
The Campaign for U.N. Reform has endorsed Owens' reelection. The bipartisan organization, based in Washington, D.C., is dedicated to building a more effective United Nations system.
The organization based its endorsement on the congressman's "commitment to work for a better functioning United Nations, his membership in the Arms Control and Foreign Policy Caucus of Congress," and its own high rating of his performance.