Enid Greene is amazed. Jim Bartleson is resolute.
Greene and Bartleson meet next Tuesday in the GOP 2nd Con-gres-sional District primary election. They're spending this last week of the campaign pointing out their strengths - and the other's weak-nesses.Greene, former deputy chief of staff of Gov. Norm Bangerter, says she's stunned by Bartleson's proposal to solve the federal budget crisis.
"It is simply wrong. It's misleading. He's telling us he can cut taxes, balance the budget and not reduce vital programs. This is what politicians have been saying for a dozen years, and it's led to a $3 trillion debt," Greene says.
She says she'll spend the week pointing out errors in Bartleson's plan. "There's a $100 billion error. He says he can save hundreds of millions of dollars in agriculture price supports when we don't even spend that much on those supports. If a person is a serious candidate for Congress, he should understand the budget process. I do.
"I have real knowledge and have put forward an extensive plan, giving specifics, on how we have to move to solve the deficit problem. You can't just wave your wand and make it all go away. It's going to hurt."
Bartleson says he stands by his budget proposals.
He says the real issue in the campaign is reforming Congress. "And I'm the only candidate who can effectively do that. I've put forward clear, workable solutions."
Bartleson, before he entered the campaign, was the president of the National Center for Constitutional Studies, the old Freemen Institute. For a decade he's worked for the center, part of the time in Washington, D.C., where he taught constitutional principles to members of Congress and their staffs.
Those connections, plus an extended network of followers around the nation built up through the center, convinces Bartleson that he can organize and direct not just a Utah effort but a national effort to change Congress.
One technique he'll use is to pick an influential congressman and, using his center connections, start a telephoning campaign aimed at the congressman's office with the congressman's own constituents calling. "You flood them, talking about the changes they demand in Congress, including cutting congressional pensions, staffs, all that has been talked about for some time but never done."
Bartleson says if the deficit isn't cut in half by 1996, "I won't even think of running for re-election. After all, I'm going back there to bring change. If I can't, then I don't want to be a part of it."
He says he has the experience - "I've started a successful business on a shoestring, I've had to deal with FICA myself" - and maturity to succeed. Greene, an attorney in her early 30s, hasn't had the experience needed, he adds.
Greene says various polls show that she's the only candidate who can hold the center of the Republican Party and bring in dissatisfied Democrats as well. "Only I can beat (Democratic nominee) Karen Shepherd. I already lead her in polls, while Jim is behind (Shep-herd)."
The most recent Federal Election Commission reports show Bartleson has raised $52,112 and spent $51,893, of which he has either given or lent the campaign $14,503. Greene has raised $85,340 so far, spent $84,175. She's either lent or given her campaign $30,103.