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GOP Pres. Candidate Taylor Speaks Tonight

By Orli G. Bahcall
Staff Reporter

Relatively unknown Republican presidential candidate and self-made millionaire Morry Taylor will speak at 8:30 p.m. tonight in Room E51-345. Taylor's appearence is sponsored by the College Republicans Club.

The club had expected to get several prominent politicians to speak since its inception last spring, but scheduling problems and luck have worked against it, according to College Republicans Club President Gary M. Rubman '96.

Talor stresses balancing the budget in 18 months, laying off one-third of the bureaucrats in the federal government, and creating a new and simple income tax.

Taylor runs Titan Wheel International, a firm headquartered in Illinois which is expected to make over $600 million this year. Taylor plans to give a short speech followed by a question and answer session.

"It is not often that we have a presidential candidate come to campus" Rubman said. Students should take advantage of this great opportunity, he said.

Taylor and his personal campaign staff will be present to answer more questions at a reception following the talk.

Taylor well-suited for MIT

"Taylor seemed to be just the appropriate [speaker] for our campus he has a mechanical engineering degree and is a businessman" Rubman said.

While Taylor "may not be leading the [presidential] race, he is still a very interesting and serious candidate," Rubman said.

"I first saw Taylor speak on TV at the Perot conference [in July] and have been trying to get him to come ever since" Rubman said.

Taylor "brings a new and different perspective to the race" with the angle he takes as a businessman, Rubman said. Taylor is also unique in not accepting any money from special interests.

"Taylor seems like a candidate that we have never had before," Rubman said.

Club trying to get more speakers

The College Republicans Club aims "to get people excited by big names," Rubman said in a previous interview. However, the Republicans Club has not been able to bring the more prominent Republican candidates to campus.

Other Republican leaders asked to speak include Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.), Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), former White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu '61, former Vice President Dan Quayle, and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

However, Rubman said that "we are working very hard to get these people here." This has "just been a matter of timing and we have been unlucky."

Club adviser Ronald P. Suduiko, assistant to the president for government and community relations, said the difficulty in getting candidates is a "question of the candidates' priorities." Currently, presidential candidates are focusing on budget problems in Washington, on the New Hampshire primary, and on raising funds, Suduiko said.

The most "likely window of opportunity is from now until the New Hampshire primaries in February" Suduiko said. Campaigns during this time will be focused in this area.

Rubman foresees having an easier time attracting other campaigns to campus after tonight's event.