Star-Crossed Clinton?

For President Clinton, Saturday is Day Two of a cross-country, four-day fund-raising blitz for the Democratic party, reports CBS News Correspondent Mark Knoller.

He's spending the day privately with daughter Chelsea at the Woodside home of computer magnate Steven Jobs. Woodside is near the campus of Stanford University, where Chelsea is wrapping up her sophomore year.

Saturday night, the president is heading for Beverly Hills for a big fundraiser hosted by filmmaker Steven Spielberg and his business partners, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen.

Reports Knoller, "They will be putting the squeeze on Hollywood celebrities. Who else can afford [the ticket price of] $25,000 to attend?"

They expect to raise a total of $1.7 million, to be used for the Democrats' efforts to seize back control of the House and Senate in the 2000 elections. Stars on the guest list include Meg Ryan, Dennis Quaid, Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Whoopi Goldberg, and Ed Burns

But, just hours before the event, President Clinton challenged the entertainment industry to ban guns from ads and movie previews, and do a better job of keeping kids away from R-rated movies.

Television ratings and V-chips aside, "There's still too much violence on our nation's screens, large and small," Mr. Clinton said in his weekly radio address.

President Clinton made his anti-violence appeal nearly four weeks after the Columbine High School massacre in Littleton, Colo., and just as he has begun to try to mobilize a national, grass-roots campaign against youth violence.

The president and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton plan to visit Littleton on Thursday.

From events in Seattle, in the San Francisco Bay area and Saturday night in Los Angeles, Mr. Clinton continues on Sunday to fund-raisers in San Diego and Las Vegas, for a four-day take of more than $3 million for Democrats.

President Clinton applauded Hollywood for its voluntary ratings system for TV shows and the V-chip to enforce parents' decisions on what children may watch.

But still, he said, "By the age of 18, the typical American will see 40,000 dramatized murders."

"There are still too many vulnerable children who are steeped in this culture of violence, becoming increasingly desensitized to it and to its consequences and, therefore, as studies show, hundreds of them more liable to commit violence themselves."

Mr. Clinton issued three challenges to the entertainment industry:

  • Stop showing guns in ads or previews that children might see. The film industry already bans the depiction of drug use in movie trailers viewed by youngsters.

  • Strictly enforce ratings systems at video stores and theaters. "You should check IDs, not turn the other way as a child walks unchaperoned into an R-rated movie," he said.

  • Re-evaluate the ratings system, especially the PG rating, "to determine whethr it is allowing too much gratuitous violence in movies approved for viewing by children."
He lashed out again at the Republican-led Senate for passing new gun-show restrictions that he said were "riddled with new loopholes" and ignored his own proposed new legislation.

"If the Senate wants to fix the problem, it should fix the problem, not make it worse," he said.