Bauer Calls for Clinton to Quit
By Edward Walsh
Gary Bauer, the conservative social activist who is considering a run for the 2000 Republican presidential nomination, began a television advertising campaign in Iowa today demanding that President Clinton resign from office because of his affair with Monica S. Lewinsky.
In a 30-second commercial broadcast in the state that will hold the first test in the presidential nominating process, Bauer says that news accounts of Clinton's sexual relationship with Lewinsky "have taught our children that lying is okay, that fidelity is old-fashioned and that character doesn't count.
"Every American parent's job has been made more difficult," said Bauer, of the Family Research Council. "The virtue deficit has grown. Mr. President, it is time for you to put our country and our children first. It is time for you to resign."
A second 30-second commercial with the same message is being produced, although no decision has been made on whether to use it, said Kristin Hansen, a Bauer aide. She said the Iowa television campaign will last for two weeks and cost about $250,000.
Another potential Republican presidential contender, millionaire publisher Malcolm S. "Steve" Forbes, also stepped up his criticism of Clinton yesterday. At a news conference with other conservatives to advocate major tax cuts this year, Forbes said, "I believe he's guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors," the standard set in the Constitution for impeachment of a president.
Forbes, who has not called for Clinton's resignation, added that "the American people, in open hearings, have to see the pattern of abuses during the last five years and I think will come to the same conclusion."
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