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McCain, Perot Blast Clinton, Gore

Sunday, 05 November 2000 12:00 AM

Perot, a Reform Party candidate in 1992 and 1996, endorsed Texas Gov. George W. Bush as the "better horse in the race,'' though Perot did say he admired Ralph Nader for "speaking his mind.''

"The question is, who is better qualified? It's like having two horses in a race and you wish your horse in the barn was in the race, but he's not. We've got to focus on the fact that one of those two will be our next president,'' Perot said on NBC's "Meet The Press.''

Perot dismissed campaign reform. "Let's face it, the established parties, neither one of them, want campaign finance reform. They're used to getting all the money,'' he said.

But McCain, a sponsor of campaign finance reform in the Senate, said reform could come next year. He said Bush supports "significant parts of'' McCain's reform package even tough he has spoken against it on the campaign trail.

"We're going to have campaign finance reform next year because the majority of members in Congress in both houses support it,'' McCain said.

McCain, who highlighted campaign reform in his Republican presidential primary bid, tried to link Gore to President and Hillary Clinton: "The vice president should be ashamed that the Clintons are still renting out the Lincoln Bedroom,'' McCain said. "You'd think he'd want to have some beneficial influence on them if he is as devoted to campaign finance reform as he he is.''

"They've probably got mints in there,'' McCain said.

McCain and Sen. Bob Kerrey, D-Neb., sparred over Bush's military record.

Kerrey said Bush joined the Texas National Guard to become a fighter pilot and checked forms saying he did not want to go to Vietnam, and that his campaign biography claims he flew jets through 1973. But Kerrey said there was an apparent gap in his service when he was assigned to a unit in Louisiana and may not have fulfilled his obligations "at a time when 350 men [were] dying every week'' in Vietnam.

"Bush got in the military to avoid serving in the military, to avoid service that might have taken him into the war, and then he didn't even show up for duty,'' said Kerrey, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. "If he's elected president, how will he be able to deal, as commander in chief, with someone who goes AWOL when he did the same thing?''

McCain said, "Service in the Guard and Reserve is honorable service. Today there are Guard and Reserve people serving all over the world – Bosnia, Kosovo, Saudi Arabia. It is honorable service.''

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