Cut ‘Star Wars’ for Day Care--Kitty Dukakis

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Associated Press

The United States can afford a national day-care program if “fantasy” programs like President Reagan’s “Star Wars” defense plan are cut, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Michael S. Dukakis said today.

Kitty Dukakis said the question is whether to pay for “exotic weapons programs that have little chance of working, or do we provide the best for our children, whether it’s in day care or education?”

“Our country is the only industrialized nation in the world without comprehensive child care policies,” she said.


She spoke to reporters after her visit to the day-care center at St. Ambrose University, where she sang songs and chatted with 12 youngsters aged 2 to 5 years.

She said the record of Sen. Dan Quayle (R-Ind.), Bush’s vice presidential choice, is suspect.

“I think women of this country are going to vote on the issues, on records, character. . . . Mr. Quayle, as senator, voted against Head Start, voted against the farm credit bill and the drought relief bill.

“In terms of family issues, when you are against (the) equal rights amendment and against money for Head Start, then you have problems,” she said.