Edythe C. Harrison (D)
7305 Barberry La., Norfolk Age: 50
Professional volunteer; member, Virginia House of Delegates, 1980-83; founding president, Women's American Organization for Rehabilitation Through Training in Virginia; founding president and general manager, Virginia Opera Association; member of advisory boards for Old Dominion University and Norfolk State University's School of Social Work; board member, Greater Norfolk Corporation; member, Advisory Committee of the Arts, National Conference of State Legislators; member of steering committee for National Women's Political Caucus.
1: Before accepting my party's nomination, I journeyed across Virginia listening to people and attempting to understand their concerns. I listened to farmers worried about staggering deficits, and the rising interest rates they cause. I listened to housewives dismayed about the arms control impasse and its dangerous implications for their families' future. I listened to teachers asking why their salaries are lower than those of cocktail waitresses. Mr. Warner hasn't listened. He has supported $600 billion in deficit financing. His votes have aggravated the arms race. He has cut funds for education. And these misplaced priorities have been codified into law. For 30 years I have served Virginia: in the legislature, in business, in community affairs. I am committed to its people and have built a common-sense agenda reflecting their priorities. All this, I believe, makes me an independent voice, and a better leader, for all Virginians.
2: The overriding issue is effective leadership for a secure future. Effective leadership would provide sustained economic growth and job security, instead of businesses and farms threatened by huge budget deficits. Effective leadership would provide a strong national defense based on sound choices -- not a military weakened by mismanagement and systems that don't work. Effective leadership would renew our commitment to a clean environment, instead of chopping down EPA's enforcement capability. Effective leadership would provide progress toward mutually verifiable arms control agreements, instead of escalating a mutually destructive arms race. Mr. Warner has gone along to get along with political powers in Washington, at the expense of all Virginians. He has failed to propose any original ideas. That is not the quality of leadership Virginians deserve. My agenda for the future is a better alternative.
3: There are several areas I'm deeply concerned about. The budget, defense, education, health care and the environment top the list. Once elected, I will try to obtain appointments to Budget and Armed Services committees so I can pursue my top two priorities. Everything is affected by the deficit. We must reduce it immediately. I have a plan to do that, and I want to sit on the panel that begins tackling this enormous problem. I believe that living next to the Norfolk naval base for 30 years, and the work I've done to become informed about military and defense issues, would make me a useful member of the Armed Services Committee. We must change our spending priorities in this area to have adequate conventional strength. I will be a voice for reason, and real military strength, on this committee. Meanwhile, my lifelong concerns about education, health care, the environment and other issues affecting people will always be with me, as areas I seek to improve. John W. Warner (R.)
Incumbent Atoka Farm, Middleburg Age: 57
Serving first Senate term, sits on Armed Services, Energy and Natural Resources and Aging committees; graduate of University of Virginia Law School; has 20 years of experience in federal government, including post of secretary of the Navy; legislative interests have included Economic Recovery Tax Act, Virginia Wilderness Bill, military pay and pensions, increased use of American coal, energy assistance for low-income people, Chesapeake Bay cleanup and upgrading communications with Moscow.
1: I offer six years' experience as a U.S. senator, working in partnership with Republicans and Democrats to achieve a revitalized economy, fair and equal treatment of people, a strong national defense and a more peaceful world. This record of proven leadership rests on a broad foundation of experience in the private sector -- in law, venture capital and agriculture -- and in military and federal government service. Through my record of service, and 2,700 votes for successful legislative initiatives, I believe my leadership is effective, and that Virginians believe I have earned their trust for a second term. I have listened to Virginians, voted my conscience on their behalf, and have shown independence and leadership on tough decisions. I take seriously the obligations of being a public servant, and have earned the trust and respect of a cross-section of Virginians.
2: Sustaining this economic recovery -- which has produced more than 6 million jobs, including 3 million new jobs for women; cut inflation from 13 percent to 4 percent; slashed 21 percent interest rates almost in half; and reduced the federal budget by $20 billion this year alone -- is the most important challenge on our domestic agenda. More Americans are working than ever before, and Virginia has the fourth-lowest unemployment rate in the nation. Expanding private-sector job opportunities is the key to long-term stability and job security. We have lowered taxes and encouraged business development. As your senator, I will continue to support those measures that will bring down the deficit, but will not impede our economic progress. A strong, high-employment economy is the single most important factor in maintaining a strong national defense and working to reduce the deficit.
3: Throughout my service as secretary of the Navy, and as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee's Strategic Forces Subcommittee, I have steadfastly worked to secure a more peaceful world; it will continue to be of highest priority in my second term. In negotiating the successful Incidents at Sea Agreement with the Soviet Union in 1972, I gained valuable firsthand experience in seeking verifiable arms control agreements. I authored legislation that resulted in a U.S./U.S.S.R. agreement to upgrade our hotline communications -- the Jackson-Warner bipartisan resolution, calling for substantial, equitable and verifiable reductions in nuclear weapons. The Nunn-Warner initiative, calling for the establishment of nuclear risk reduction centers in Washington and Moscow, has become law. The success of these confidence-building and arms control measures is critical. At stake is the future of peace, the future of freedom -- the future of America.