Metzenbaum blasts Cheney in talk with Ohio delegates
August 16, 2000
LOS ANGELES - Coffee wasn't the only jolt that Ohio Democrats got
when they gathered for breakfast yesterday morning.
Fresh from talking to Iowa Democrats, former U.S. Sen. Howard
Metzenbaum of Ohio walked slowly into the ballroom at the Westin
Century Plaza, where the Ohio Democrats are staying.
He lashed into Dick Cheney, the former Wyoming congressman and
Defense Secretary who is Republican George W. Bush's running mate.
"Bush has made only one decision. Who would be his vice
president? Bush is from the oil industry. So who did he pick? Dick
Cheney, from the oil industry," Mr. Metzenbaum said.
Mr. Metzenbaum then went on to criticize Mr. Cheney's voting
record on gun control, abortion rights, equal rights for women, and
But the former U.S. senator was not overconfident about Democrat
Al Gore's campaign to maintain control of the White House.
He said it is important to talk about someone that Democrats are
trying to avoid: Ralph Nader, the Green Party candidate running for
As supporters of Mr. Gore tout his environmental record, Terri
Swearingen tried to get her message through to the press - not an
easy task when you need special credentials to get to the media
"All of these young people, especially if they have not been in
the grass-roots movement, think Al Gore is an environmentalist
because he wrote a book," said Ms. Swearingen, the leading foe of
the Waste Technologies Industries incinerator in East Liverpool, O.
In 1992, Mr. Gore released a statement about WTI, which is 300
feet from the closest homes and 1,100 feet from an elementary
Mr. Gore said "serious questions concerning the safety of an East
Liverpool, O., hazardous-waste incinerator must be answered before
the plant may begin operation. The new Clinton-Gore administration
will not issue the plant a test-burn permit until these questions
Four months later, the Clinton administration issued a temporary
test burn to WTI, and backers of the incinerator said "sound
science" had prevailed.
Ohio Citizen Action, the statewide consumer and environmental
group, has produced a 30-second ad and is trying to raise at least
$20,000 to air it in battleground states where Mr. Gore campaigns.
The ad's narrator says: "Vice President Al Gore, this is your
conscience speaking. Where have you been the past eight years?¦.¦.¦.
Because you broke your promise, schoolchildren are breathing lead,
mercury, and dioxin every day. You're going to keep hearing from me
until you make things right."