WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Clinton said Friday the effort to defeat referendums in Oregon restricting the use of union dues for political purposes is a "metaphor for what this election is all about."
Addressing a fund-raiser for the Coalition to Defend America's Working Families, which is trying to defeat the referendums, Clinton took credit for changing the image of the Democratic Party so its opponents could no longer "demonize" its views.
One of his goals, he said, has been to see to it that "Republicans would never be able to make a lot of hay with their knee-jerk anti-union propaganda."
Clinton also praised the labor movement, a traditional backer of the Democratic Party, for improving the way it has presented positions on a range of domestic issues to the American people.
He predicted that the Oregon measure would be defeated.
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