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Daschle out of Step With South Dakotans, Poll Shows

Sunday, 10 February 2002 12:00 AM

The poll, conducted by the Club for Growth, shows that if Daschle ran for president today, he would be overwhelmingly defeated in his home state.

"By more than two-to-one, South Dakotans think Congress should cut taxes to stimulate new jobs and economic growth rather than increase government spending," said Club for Growth President Stephen Moore. "South Dakotans also strongly believe increased spending is more responsible for the deficit than President Bush's tax cut."

When asked which factor contributed more to the current budget deficit in Washington, 59 percent of respondents said spending, compared to 25 percent who said tax cuts.

Meanwhile, 53 percent of those surveyed said cutting taxes would stimulate economic growth and create new jobs, while 22 percent said increased spending would.

"Tom Daschle has blamed the deficit on the tax cut and blocked speeding up last year's tax cuts to create jobs. He is completely out of step with South Dakotans on this issue," Moore said.

Then South Dakotans were asked if the following statement were true or false: "Tom Daschle is more concerned about the national agenda of the Democratic Party than he is about the needs of South Dakota?"

Fifty percent of those responding said the statement was true while 44 percent believed it to be false and 5 percent either didn't know or refused to answer the question.

The poll also reveals that South Dakotans are opposed to Daschle running for president, and if a presidential election were held today, Daschle would be soundly defeated in his home state.

Fifty-six percent of respondents said Daschle should not run for president, and if he were to run against President Bush in a presidential election today, 54 percent would vote for Bush, while only 31 percent would vote for Daschle.

"The people of South Dakota see right through Tom Daschle and he needs to get back on their side instead of following the lead of Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton. South Dakotans overwhelmingly support tax cuts to stimulate economic growth and create new jobs and Mr. Daschle needs to come home ... in more ways than one," Moore said.

The poll, conducted by Basswood Research of Washington, D.C. for the Club for Growth, has a margin of error of plus or minus 5.66 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. It surveyed 300 likely voters statewide in South Dakota on January 31.

Daschle's office did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Meanwhile, a group calling itself "Fight Back South Dakota" said Monday that its non-profit www.dumpdaschle.org website has raised over $10,000 with 257 online contributions since it began about three weeks ago.

"With 257 online donations totaling $10,220 we're well on our way toward our goal of defeating Tom Daschle in 2004 and fully demonstrating the grassroots power of the Internet in American politics," said Robert Moran, president of Fight Back South Dakota.

Moran also noted that contributions have come from donors from outside South Dakota. Some have come from Baton Rouge, La.; Redondo Beach, Calif.; Kapaa, Hawaii; Pittsburgh, Pa. and Tacoma, Wash.

"This effort, still in its infancy, should give liberals pause before they reform the campaign finance laws and outlaw the soft money that disproportionately funds their elections. If grassroots/cyberoots fundraising is the future of campaign finance in America, conservatives will hold the upper hand," Moran said.

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