Gingrich backs more anti-drug ads

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House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R., Ga.) said he would support a second year of funding for the federal government's new anti-drug advertising program that kicks off today. President Clinton and Rep. Gingrich were at an Atlanta event today that formally unveiled the start of the first year of the campaign. President Clinton said the ads, whose creative comes from the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, "are designed to knock America upside the head and get America's attention." The federal government pays about $175 million annually for the program with media companies and others expected to contribute an equal amount in donated time and space.

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