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Missouri's Political Parties Agree to Stop Race Charges Against Each Other

November 3, 1999
By: Farrah Fite
State Capital Bureau

The leaders of Missouri's two political parties are promising not to make charges of racial prejudice against each other in the Senatorial campaign between Senator John Ashcroft and Governor Mel Carnahan. They're also denying they ever made the charges in the first place. Farrah Fite has the story from Jefferson City.

Missouri Republicans and Democrats reached a cease fire agreement Wednesday on the issue of race in the 2000 Senate battle.

While a truce on this issue has been made, it didn't stop Republicans from firing off another round against the Democrats when Daryl Duwe, spokesman for Missouri Republicans said the democrats initiated the racebaiting.

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OutCue: "take all that off the table."
Contents: Duwe says that the Democrats began racebaiting back in 1988 with ads of burning crosses and exploding churches if you didn't vote Democratic. He also says racebaiting needs to be taken off the table.

Missouri Democrats say the accusations are not true and offered six ground rules for both candidates to follow. Farrah Fite from the state capitol.