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.
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.