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Houston Breakthrough, May 1980 - Page 20. May 1980. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 19, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/5534/show/5521.

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Transcript The Congress AND THEY'RE OFF BY ROSE WRIGHT Two area congressional districts face contested races. In District 22, three Democrats, Mike Andrews, Bob Gammage, and Joe Pentony are competing in the Democratic primary in order to challenge ultra- conservative Republican, Ron Paul, who is uncontested. In District h, Larry Washburn is running against long-time incumbent Bob Eckhardt. The Republican candidate, Jack Fields, is unopposed. Bob Gammage, Doctors Degree in law, University of Houston. Former Assistant Attorney General under Mark White, former State Representative and former State Senator. He was Congressman from the 22nd District before Ron Paul defeated him in 1978. Issues and answers roll out of Bob Gammage with ease. "While I've been accused of over explaining. . . I've never been accused of being simplistic," says Gammage. When asked how he would best describe himself on a political scale from right to left, Gammage says, "I believe in economic responsibility and economic justice. Because of my attitude towards fiscal practices and economic responsibility, my legislative voting record generally falls on what most people would measure as the conservative side of the mark. As far as social questions, human rights, ... I've been a very progressive person." Gammage received the Susan B. Anthony award from the Harris County Women's Political Caucus back in 1974, but angered feminists during his U.S. Congressional term when he voted in favor of the Hyde amendment which severely limited federal funding of abortions. When asked how he felt about the Hyde amendment being declared unconstitutional earlier this year, Gammage is quick to respond, "If it's unconstitutional, it's unconstitutional. I support the law of the land." If elected, Gammage intends to concentrate on two areas of legislation: "I would either sponsor or co-sponsor legislation to promote meaningful tax cuts. It would stimulate money circulation which also increases productivity which increases jobs. "I also would support legislation to stimulate our domestic production of traditional energy sources," says Gammage who would also "support major investments in the development of new energy technology . . ." Gammage on other issues: Rose Wright is an intern at Breakthrough. NATIONAL DEFENSE "I think we must increase our defense budget. There should be targeted expenditures as far as bolstering the body of our armed forces, our combat-ready forces." His main area of concern lies in the "conventional type exchange" whereas in an "international nuclear exchange . . . we are prepared for overkill," says Gammage. "By cutting out the chaff in the defense budget . . . and retargeting them towards areas of need, we shouldn't need more than an additional five—seven percent increase," he adds. On Iran: "I don't think we should take any overt military action until it is absolutely necessary." WOMEN'S ISSUES As a one-term Congressman, Gammage voted for the extension of the ERA. He also voted for the Hyde amendment Gammage believes military registration for women and men is necessary," without actual conscription at this point." On women in combat roles, Gammage feels a preference should be given to males for combat duties but "would want women to be trained to perform combat roles." RANDOM NOTES On energy: "we must develop nuclear fission . . . along with coal liquification, coal gasification, gasohol and any other technology that is available to us now." Gammage is also "very much a proponent to the development of solar energy." When asked how he differs from his Democratic opponents he asserts, "I have a solid record of accomplishment as a legislator in the State House, the State Senate and in the U.S. House." PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE Q. Who are you supporting in the presidential election? A. Jimmy Carter. Q. Why? A. Because Jimmy Carter is a man of courage and high moral principal. I haven't agreed with him most of the time on his proposed solutions or remarks or methods of handling particular issues. . . however, I have agreed with him on his willingness, I have admired him for his courage in dealing with many issues. . . Bob Gammage (District 22): "I think we must increase our defense budget." ENDORSEMENTS Harris County Council of Organizations, Harris County Gulf Coast Building Trades, Central Council of Teamsters. Mike Andrews, attorney, law degree from Southern Methodist School of Law. Former Federal District Court law clerk, and Assistant District Attorney. Private practice since 1976. Although he frequently attacks Congressman Ron Paul and calls him the "most ineffective congressman we have ever had," Mike Andrews is not as opinionated in defining his own goals as a potential member of Congress. When asked what legislative bills he intends to introduce, Andrews says: "First of all, not just legislation but being a responsible member of Congress is important. I'm not sure it's the amount of legislation you pass, maybe sometimes it's the legislation you stop. I would not introduce bills like Congressman Paul. . ." Andrews does express adamant concern on the issue of flooding, a topic which cropped up constantly in interview. He says he would "fight for national flood insurance" and "push for flood control legislation." Andrews also expresses concern for our national economic situation: "In terms of the economy which, in traveling around the district, is the number one issue out there, there are some positive things that Congress can do. One is to encourage people to save more rather than to spend. There would then be more money (available) for businesses. It would greatly stimulate the economy and do a great deal for our productivity," he adds. While he encourages people to save, Andrews will be spending more in his campaign than any other Congressional candidate. He is running a big media campaign. Bob Heller and Associates are working with a $120,000 budget, and putting it mainly into television. Andrews dodges labels. "It depends on what issues you're talking about." And now, the issues: NATIONAL DEFENSE In reference to the 134 billion dollar national defense budget for 1981, Andrews supports a "three percent increase in line with the Carter approach" to keep up with the "extremely rapid development of the Soviets. "We need to develop the B-1 bomber... and develop our missile system," he stresses. "Russian troops are 300 miles from the Persian Gulf. We have got to have a military presence over there and we've got to have allies, especially like Israel, well armed. God, I sound like Joe Pentony (District 22): "I am not for increasing our national defense budget." John Wayne," he adds rather sheepishly. As to the situation in Iran, Andrews claims he has "been supportive of the President . . . should he feel that it is necessary to mine the harbors or that a naval blockade would work, then I would be supportive of it. Until then I am not." WOMEN'S ISSUES Andrews supports the ratification of the ERA and would vote in favor of its extension. He believes the military registration of both women and men is necessary at this time but is opposed to the draft for the present. He does not believe that women should be included in combat duties. On abortion, Andrews feels it should remain "a woman's choice." As to federal funding of abortions, he is "in favor of government funding of abortions in cases where the woman's life is in danger or the pregnancy is the result of incest or rape. Only in those specific cases am I in favor of it," says Andrews. RANDOM NOTES Andrews has "a great deal of misgivings about nuclear energy. I'm not satisfied that there are adequate safeguards for nuclear energy development. I'm not anti-nuclear, I'm for cautiously going forward with it. . . I'm more concerned with solar energy . . J would hope to introduce legislation to help NASA and bring in federal funds to our district to encourage scientists to further develop solar energy." Andrews says his campaign differs from his Democratic opponents in that "I think I can beat Ron Paul. . . I don't think Pentony can win, he hasn't raised any money. It's a very expensive proposition to beat Ron Paul. I'm proud to be able to raise money, unfortunately that's what it takes . . . that's the way politics is . . " Asked how he differs ideologically from his opponents, "Quite frankly, I don't know what all their stands are on all the issues. I really don't," admits Andrews candidly. PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE In the presidential election, Andrews would "support the nominee of the Democratic Party. That's a very political answer, isn't it?" he asks. "I really don't have any favorites." ENDORSEMENTS Houston Chronicle, Harris County Women's Political Caucus and Rice Political Caucus. Joe Pentony, Ph.D., Chair, Psychology department, University of St. Thomas. Former State Representative (1972- 1976). 20 HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH