COLUMBUS (AllPolitics, March 17) -- He calls speculation he'll run for president in 2000 mere "hype," but boyish House Budget Chairman John Kasich (R-Ohio) has formed a political action committee to assess his presidential potential. GOP insiders say the 44-year-old congressman is gaining momentum among Republicans, and say Kasich yearns for the spotlight. Having made balancing the federal budget a virtual crusade, he's now writing a book and increasing his national exposure. "I think that just taking care of things will take care of the future," he told The Associated Press.
Jones: 'I'm Telling The Truth'
NEW YORK (AllPolitics, March 17) -- Appearing Sunday on CBS' "60 Minutes," Paula Corbin Jones denied she is lying about being sexually harassed by Bill Clinton on May 8, 1991, in a Little Rock, Ark., hotel room. Her account doesn't jibe with that of Arkansas State Trooper Danny Ferguson, who says that after bringing her to Clinton's suite, Jones told him she would be Clinton's girlfriend. "Now why would I say that? If it went so well in that room, that hotel room, why wouldn't I tell the governor myself?" The discrepancy could go to the heart of whether Clinton's alleged advances were unwanted. What does she want from Clinton now? "An apology," she told CBS' Ed Bradley. The Supreme Court is due to decide by June whether the case can proceed while Clinton is president.
Major Calls For British Elections
LONDON (CNN, March 17) -- British Prime Minister John Major has called a national election for May 1, signaling the start of a six-week campaign which is likely to include the first broadcast debates between leaders of the major parties. "I think we'll win," Major said, even though his Conservative Party, in power for 18 years, is far behind a revitalized Labor Party in opinion polls. Major made the announcement outside the prime minister's residence at 10 Downing Street, after meeting with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace and getting her formal permission to dissolve Parliament and hold new elections. Parliament will be dissolved by royal proclamation in early April, followed by an election on May 1. The election will involve all 659 seats in the House of Commons, the lower house of the British Parliament.
Agency Denies Voter Registration Fraud
LOS ANGELES (AllPolitics, March 17) -- Thirteen Los Angeles County residents have admitted to the Los Angeles Times that they illegally completed voter registration cards before becoming U.S. citizens. They were aided on by Hermandad Mecicana Nacional, a social service agency whose employees are denying they intentionally broke the law. Only one of the thirteen even voted, but the report may add fuel to former California GOP Rep. Bob Dornan's effort to establish voter fraud in his November defeat to Democrat Loretta Sanchez. Dornan lost to Sanchez by less than 1,000 votes.
Bob To Bill: I Can Be There In Five Minutes
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, March 17) -- Is there one more mission for Bob Dole? "Should you need someone to fill in and run the country during your recovery," the former GOP candidate wrote the president, who is recovering from knee surgery, "give me a call." Dole was miraculously unscathed from a tumble off a stage during last fall's campaign, and "From one who once fell off a stage and onto the front pages everywhere, best wishes for a speedy recovery and a successful summit with President Yeltsin," he said. If not jumping at Dole's offer, Clinton was reportedly amused.
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