Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Crowing for Clinton at Rally, Accomplishments, Not Accusations, Carry the Day

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Crowing for Clinton at Rally, Accomplishments, Not Accusations, Carry the Day

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Karen Schmitz of Bonn, Germany, was so excited that she almost couldn't talk. "I got to touch him! The most powerful man in the world!"

After President Bill Clinton finished his speech, Schmitz, 16, an exchange student living with a family in Fenton, was one of those who pushed forward to shake hands with Clinton.

"I took his picture. I have to go back (to Germany) on Wednesday. It's the biggest thing for me," she said. This will be a super story to tell all her friends in Germany, Schmitz said. The thousands in the crowd were enthusiastically for Clinton, and they said they did not care about or believe accusations against Clinton. A few supporters of Bob Dole got in with their signs. They chanted "Dole-Kemp" and complained that Clinton volunteers tried to take the signs away. Erika Zoll of Chesterfield brought her 6-month-old son, Adam, in a stroller to stand in the crowd and support Clinton. "I like his pro-choice views, and he really cares about the people. He's in touch with the peop le," Zoll said. Riley Newsome of Spanish Lake wore a huge cowboy hat with Clinton-Gore stickers on it. He said he is 90 and remembers the 1932 race between Franklin D. Roosevelt and President Herbert Hoover. "My boss told me, `You've got a job, don't you? Think about that.' I voted for Roosevelt," Newsome said. As for Clinton, Newsome said, "He hasn't done anything wrong yet." Grace Costello of St. Louis brought her niece and nephew, ages 4 and 9 months. She could only find a spot behind the media stand, where she tried to peek between legs of reporters on the stand to get a glimpse of Clinton. "There are more people employed, and the minimum wage was increased. He had a Republican Congress, and he did a hell of a good job," Costello said. Flora Grace of St. Louis kept repeating, "I want to speak to the president." Asked what she would have said if she got to talk to him, Grace said: "I want the white policemen to stop shooting black people without provocation. …

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