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Clinton Opposes California Initiative to End Affirmative Action

As a board member of the "No on CCRI" Campaign and the executive director of the Lawyers Committee on Human Rights in San Francisco, Eva Paterson met with President Clinton last week to discuss his opposition to an anti-affirmative action measure on the November ballot in California. Clinton said he believed the "California Civil Rights Initiative" -- which would eliminate affirmative action and gut sex discrimination law in the state -- can be defeated. Paterson said Clinton said of the measure, "I am against it. What more do I need to say?"

Presumed Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole has endorsed CCRI and is sponsoring federal legislation with similar language that also would end affirmative action and undermine sex discrimination law.

Media Resources: The San Francisco Chronicle - May 13, 1996



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