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Dole Likely to Speak For Republicans Club

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MIT College Republicans Club founders Ricardo A. Egozque '96 and Gary M. Rubman '96.

By Orli G. Bahcall
Staff Reporter

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) is expected to speak at MIT near the end of the semester, according to MITCollege Republicans Club President Gary M. Rubman '96.

The Republicans Club wants "to get people excited by big names" in order to "get people to come out and listen to us" said Rubman.

Over the next week, a firm date will be set for the visit, which will likely include a speech and a fundraiser, Rubman said. The club has a letter from Dole's campaign expressing the candidate's interest in appearing at MIT.

The club was formed last April in response to a protest of House Republicans' "Contract with America."

The club has also invited Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.).

Gingrich could have visited MIT during his book tour three weeks ago, but MIT was not in session and the visit was postponed, Rubman said.

An Institute appearance will be considered for Gingrich's next tour, next semester, he said.

Speeches to promote interests

"Most people at MIT just don't really care about politics and what information they do hear is often one-sided," Rubman said.

"We want to expose students to some of the leaders of the U.S., so that they can make educated [political] decisions."

Candidate speeches are chances for MIT students to learn more about politics and "a way to find people interested in politics and who possibly will help out with next year's campaign," he said.

The club has also invited Massachusetts Reps. Peter S. Torkildsen and Peter Blute.

Other possible speakers include former Vice President Dan Quayle, former White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu '61, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and Governor William F. Weld.