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Baker Calls For Campaign Groundrules

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Month
October
Year
1987
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Agenda Publications
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ANN ARBOR- Early this month, Dean Baker, the 1986 second district Democratie nominee for Congress, laid out a series of guidelines for carrying out the primary campaign. The Baker camp says their guidelines are designed to minimize the extent to which the Democratie candidates will be attacking each other, and to maximize their cooperation in the effort to unseat Rcpublican incumbent Cari Pursell in 1988. They believe the guidelines should also increase the likelihood that the candidate with the best chance of defeating Pursell will win the primary. The main point of the guidelines is a campaign spending limit of 510,000. Baker believes the limit would minimize the amount of resources that the Democrats use against each other leaving the maximum possible amount for the campaign against Pursell. He says the actual limit could be negotiated among the candidates in the race. The amount suggested is three times what Baker used to win the 1986 primary The guidelines also cali for debates in each county. Baker is proposing that one debate take place in each county in the district in order to ensure that the voters of the district will have the opportunity to hear the candidates stands on the issues. He says this will guarantee that voters in each area will be able to hear the candidates views on issues of importance in their counties. Baker commented, "In the last election over 98% of the Representatives in Congress who sought reelection won. This shows that it is virtually impossible to unseat an incumbcnt with a conventional big money campaign. In one of the few races where an incumbent was unseated, it was only because Louise Slaughter mobilized 3,800 volunteers to work on her campaign. This is the only way Pursell or any other incumbent can be defeated. It is therefore essential that we nomínate someone who has a genuine mass movement behind their campaign if we are to be able to have a shot at unseating Pursell in 1988. These guidelines will elimínate the possibility of somcone trying to buy the primary. They will give the voters the chance to hear candidates stands on the issues, and the one with the most grassroots support should win." On September 22, State Senator Lana Pollack entered the race. When asked in a WUOM interview for her reaction to the proposed guidelines, Pollack said she wasn't going to enter the race "with one hand tied behind my back."