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Disabled group protests at Republican headquarters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly 350 supporters of a civil rights organization for the disabled blocked the entrances to Republican National Committee headquarters in the nation's capital, demanding a meeting with the party's presidential candidate, Texas Gov. George Bush.

The protesters claimed Bush has not announced his support for the Americans with Disabilities Act, and want to meet with him before the Nov. 7 general election.

Negotiations were ongoing between Republican Party officials and the protesters to end the incident.

Bush and Democratic presidential candidate Vice President Al Gore were scheduled to meet Tuesday in the campaign's first presidential debate starting at 9 p.m. EST in Boston, Mass.

Demonstrators also demanded changes in government policy toward long-term care for disabled people.

"The public policy is upside down. All the economic incentives are to put people in warehouses," said Bob Kafka, a member of the American Disability Attendant for Programs Today organization.

The group wants disabled people to have housing options other than being placed into nursing home care.

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