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CAMPAIGN ’88 : Reagan Assails Dukakis

President Reagan, campaigning among Chicago’s ethnic voters Friday for Bush, called on “responsible people” to disassociate themselves from “far-out groups on the left.”

As about 1,000 supporters drank beer and nibbled kielbasa at a rally outside Wozniak’s Casino, Reagan said: “You know, after the debate (last Sunday between Bush and the Democratic nominee, Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis) I had to say: ‘Isn’t that just like an ACLU member--he didn’t have a prayer when he needed one.’ ”

The self-described ethnics, including Latinos, Czechs, Hungarians, Poles, Italians, more than a dozen other groups and a sprinkling of blacks, loved it. They roared with laughter when Reagan said: “I know that this is a bipartisan gathering: Some of you favor the Cubs, others favor the White Sox.”

The Bush campaign has targeted white ethnic voters as a key group that could help the vice president carry some industrial states in November.

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The appearance was part of Reagan’s series of weekly campaign trips for Bush. While here, Reagan also spent 1 1/2 innings at a Cubs baseball game--doing a bit of radio play-by-play--and attended an evening fund-raiser at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.


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