Gov. Bill Clinton, responding to questions from news organizations, said Saturday he would soon make public more detailed information about his medical history, but a top aide said the candidate would continue to deny reporters access to his doctors. "I believe the American people must be assured that candidates for the presidency are physically sound," Clinton said, in a statement by his campaign staff in Kansas City, Mo. "Several months ago, I released statements from my doctors confirming that I am in excellent health, but as Election Day draws near, I believe it necessary to provide more details."
Perot buys more TV time,
plans to meet with supporters
DALLAS _ Ross Perot's TV campaign is getting more active. Perot has bought an hour on ABC on Saturday, a half-hour on NBC the night before the election and dozens of 30- and 60-second spots on ABC between now and then, the Dallas Morning News reported. The Dallas businessman spent $1-million last week to twice broadcast a half-hour program in which he lectured about the nation's troubled economy. Perot has done no other campaigning since formally declaring his independent run for the White House on Oct. 1. After the debate tonight he will meet with supporters from Missouri and Illinois. Perot will pay ABC $1.5-million for two 60-second ads per day through the election on Good Morning America, network spokesman Steve Battaglio told the Dallas newspaper. Perot will spend an additional $1.7-million for ads that will run during ABC's prime time programing next week. And Perot will pay $237,000 for several 15-second commercials to promote the hourlong program Saturday, which will cost $540,000. That program will air in place of Covington Cross. NBC will charge Perot about $900,000 for the 30-minute program the night before Election Day.
Bush holds mock debate
with Sununu and Darman
WASHINGTON _ President Bush studied for the first presidential debate and planned a mock debate Saturday, White House officials said. He went over thick notebooks containing issues for discussion and then conducted a mock debate. Former White House Chief of Staff John Sununu was expected to play the role of Perot, and Budget Director Richard Darman was to represent Clinton at the practice debate, officials said.
Quayle attacks Clinton's character, not his patriotism
TOLEDO, Ohio _ Vice President Dan Quayle attacked Bill Clinton's credibility and character Saturday, but stressed that he was not suggesting the Democratic presidential nominee's opposition to the Vietnam War was unpatriotic. At an airport news conference, Quayle said the Arkansas governor "simply doesn't tell the truth" about the extent of his involvement in anti-war protests during his days as a Rhodes scholar in England or his efforts to avoid the draft. "It's not the fact that he was against the Vietnam War," the vice president said as he prepared for an afternoon of campaigning. "Many people were. But he first says he didn't take part in an anti-Vietnam protest. Now we find that he organized one. He doesn't tell the truth, that's the focus." Clinton long has said that he opposed the Vietnam War. But he only recently acknowledged that he once mobilized an anti-war teach-in during his student days in London.