Anne Arundel County got an early taste of the 1992 presidential campaign yesterday, as Democratic hopeful Sen. Tom Harkin swung into Linthicum to speak with more than 200 state union leaders
Iowa's Harkin, who joined the race Sunday, launched a strong class-based attacks against the foreign and domestic policies of President "George Herbert Walker Bush" and Vice President "J. Danforth Quayle," whose supply-side, trickle-down economic policies, he said, have only helped the privileged few at the expense of ordinary working people.
"Let's have a resource-based economic policy. Let's put the moneyin the bottom and let it percolate up for a while," he said, receiving one of several rousing ovations from the partisan crowd. "What's wrong in this country today is that there are too many people making money on money and not enough people making money in agriculture and mining and manufacturing and transportationand building and doing the things that create real wealth in our society."
The crowd, made upmostly of AFL-CIO leaders and rank and file members from across the state, assembled at the Masters, Mates and Pilots Union headquarters in Linthicum.
Maryland and District of Columbia AFL-CIO President Edward Mohler said the meeting was arranged at Harkin's request.
The senator boasted during his speech that he was proud to top the list of national politicians who have received money from organized labor. He ridiculed the concept that labor has come to be recognized as aspecial interest while the "wealthy, privileged few" running U.S. business are not.
Harkin's visit on just the fourth day of his official campaign is likely a sign of things to come. Arguing that the state's voice was lost in 1988 when Maryland held its primary on the same day as most of the South, the state's primary has been moved ahead one week to March 3, just two weeks after the New Hampshire primary, the first in the nation.
With Harkin and Nebraska's Bob Kerrey shuttling in and out of their Senate offices in Washington and Gov. L. Douglas Wilder in nearby Virginia, Maryland figures to be a routine stop for Democratic candidates over the next 5 1/2 months.
Harkin came to the 7 p.m. gathering looking pressed and fresh in a white shirtand blue blazer after spending the day laying bricks and doing electrical work at the new Camden Yards baseball stadium. But he removed the blazer and rolled up his shirt sleeves for effect during the speech.