Tens of thousands of Latinos this weekend staged their first major march in Washington to protest against immigration and welfare reforms they view as a racist backlash against their community. Waving U.S. and Latin American flags and chanting slogans in Spanish, the demonstrators marched from a predominately Hispanic neighborhood to the Ellipse park behind the White House for a major rally. Estimates varied from 50,000 to 100,000 people, this according to the park police, who usually underestimate crowds. We’ll have more on that later in the show.
Bob Dole is emphasizing tax cuts and trust and promised to prove wrong those who believe his quest for the White House is a lost cause. “We’re used to fighting back,” Dole said during a bus tour of New Jersey, where he targeted Italian Americans by marching in Newark’s Christopher Columbus parade. Dole promised to be tougher in his second debate with the President.
Meanwhile, President Clinton has signed a bill outlawing Rohypnol and other date rape drugs, and later went to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he plans three days of mock debates, golf and rest before his second and final face-off with Bob Dole Wednesday night in San Diego.
Al Gore says Republicans have made a cottage industry of attacking Clinton as part of a desperation strategy to win the White House, and Jack Kemp is questioning Clinton’s trustworthiness in a network TV appearance. Asked whether he thought Clinton has ever lied to the public, Kemp said, “That’s for the American people to decide.”