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' NOvember 13, 1992 Catholic Continued from page 1 Catholic News Service in a telephone interview that the = Bush campaign made a point =ql o. go after what it called "tro- t aitional Democratic Party ons!ituencies" __ including lacks, women, labor and Jews. It lost all those groups. | But the Republicans, he said, did not mention Catholics. "T , . ,, , F ..here s a missing group, Other Murnion said. There vasa. large number of "ethnic j, orkl.ng class" Catholic peo- n le Who send their children o parochial schools, who The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana were not specifically targeted, vote was "an interesting phe- ers with the same perfect he said, despite a Republican nomenon." But "I don't know track record are Eastern vet- platform promoting school if we can go so far to say that ers and men ages 18-29. choice, a religious group such as Nor were Catholics the The Democrats did not tar- Catholics can now be called a only voter group to switch to get Catholics either in 1992, bellwether,' said Desler, him- the Democrats after three Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican newsnaner said it hm,a .... ,. wu rresident-elect Bill tmnton,s term would be raarked by concern for the Unborn, the elder ,+ ..... ly and soci- '{  neglected. - tien th,la a clear reference to abor- Vato::' newspaper, L Osser- eraiamano, said the U.S. v ,ms on treedom should KU | according to Jim Desler, assis- tant press secretary for the Democratic National Commit- tee. "What we focused on was the economy," Desler said. "It was a message that appealed to many groups, and it en- abled us to put together a coalition that took us to vic- tory." Desler said the Catholic self a Catholic. The Catholic knack of pick- ing the winner is by no means the only barometer of predicting success. Exit polling has also shown that men overall and women overall, representing 46 and 54 percent of the 1992 vote respectively, have correctly chosen the winner since 1976. Smaller groups of vet- Newspaper hopes Clinton will care for unborn, elderly, neglected By JOHNTHAVIS come, freedom should never legal abortion in the United States should be overturned. The editorial also credited Bush with making an "essen- tial contribution" to the fall of communism in Eastern Eu- rope and for his disarmament efforts "The compliment is due to George Bush for the political wisdom demonstrated in fun- damental aspects of domestic and international life," the editorial said. Clinton's success, however, rode a wave of popular desire for greater 6conomic equality, the article said. It said that in recent U.S. economic history, the free market had become a ,, ,, vmmus market. This in it- self represented a "deforma- tion of the concept of free- dora," it said. I I Peoples Trust Company SOUTH MAIN STREET P.O. Box 191 be deformed into devastating models of behavior that are raised to standard practices or turned into a license to strike the weakest  from un- born children to neglected el- derly; from abandoned chil- dren to the lonely," it said. The editorial noted that Clinton has been called the "president of the future." "May he deserve the title of such great and delicate re- sponsibility," it said. As a candidate, Clinton said he opposed abortion but believed it should remain legal. The newspaper praised outgoing President George Bush, particularly in what it called his "defense of life." Bush had said the Supreme Court decision that allows never be used to le itimize practices +., L .g . , eminent came in a rr%nt-page editorial Nov. 8. . -!le neWspaper offered its nest Wishes to Clinton but s,ld those wishes were _ ply rooted in moral COnCern ,, h_e demanding years to i, i i ...... "A family name you can trust" , Miller-- & Miller elections favoring Republi- cans. Sizable groups who also switched included suburban- ites, independents, the young and middle-income voters. White Protestants, compris- ing 49 percent of the elec- torate, gave Bush 46 percent, compared with Clinton's 33 percent and Perot's 21 per- cent. White "born-again Chris- 3 tian/fundamentalists."the term used by exit pollers in 1992, gave Bush a 62 percent majority, while Clinton got 23 percent and Perot got 16 per- cent. They made up 17 per- cent of all voters. Jews, who were 4 percent of the electorate, gave Clinton 78 percent of their votes, compared with Bush's 12 per- cent and Peters 10 percent. Clinton swept the 12 states with the largest percentage of Catholics, the first such sweep since Lyndon Johnson in 1964. He also won in heavily Catholic suburbs of New York City, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Baltimore. Hispanic Catholicsl who make up 70 percent of all Hispanics, sided with Clinton by a 62-25 margin. Catholics of French ancestry also helped Clinton take southern Louisiana, Manchester, N.H., and other areas of New Eng- land. Cardinal urges pro-life movement to be more forceful WASHINGTON (CNS) Bill Clinton's election as president means abortion op- ponents should be more forceful than ever, according to Cardinal John J. O'Connor, chairman of the Committee for Pro-Life Activities of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. "We call upon President- elect Clinton and Vice Presi- dent-elect (Albert) Gore to ex- ercise the same compassion toward the unborn that they p l(;a(le(t for d u ri n g th e ca m- paign on behalf of tim tllh!II!- ployed and others disenfran- chised," said a Nov. 4 statement from Cardinal O'Connor. "The pro-life movement must demand of all elected officials and those who will campaign for office in the fu- ture that they recognize the grave moral obligation in do everything within their power both to stop the slaughter of the innocents and to stop mouthing plati- tudes asserting that anyone can morally exercise the 'choice' to kill an unborn baby," the cardinal wrote. He called for unity anmng abortion opponents and for prayer and t)euan(:e "to re- store sanit\\; to this land and to rid ourstdes of the fright- ening contempt for the human person that masquer- ades as 'choice' or 'privacy' or any other political slogan." Election results mixed for issues +>_i fi t t the h h l! 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