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Bob Dole on Families & Children

Former Republican Senator (KS)


Are you comfortable leaving your kids with Clinton, or me?

Campaigns that search endlessly for "80/20" issues--proposition that 80% or more of voters favor--often end in failure. Dole talked about how his campaign's focus group had pointed to certain attack lines against Clinton. At one campaign rally, for example, he asked supporters whether they would feel more comfortable leaving their children with him or with Bill Clinton, because focus groups had told Dole that they would be more comfortable with him. Were voters supposed to be impressed with that?
Source: Courage and Consequence, by Karl Rove, p. 67 , Mar 9, 2010

1996: Are you comfortable leaving kids with me or Clinton?

Campaigns that search endlessly through surveys for "80/20" issues--proposition that 80 percent or more of voters favor--often end in failure or help elect a politician who will be frustrated in trying to enact the policies that got him into politics in the first place. Dole talked about how his campaign's focus group had pointed to certain attack lines against Clinton. At one presidential campaign rally, for example, he asked supporters whether they would feel more comfortable leaving their children with him or with Bill Clinton, because focus groups had told Dole that they would be more comfortable with him. Were voters supposed to be impressed with that?
Source: Courage and Consequence, by Karl Rove, p. 67 , Mar 9, 2010

2005: Hollywood crossed the line of taste and human dignity

In his "Hollywood values speech" in L.A. in early 2005 Dole said "I want to talk to you tonight about the future of America--about issues of moral importance, matters of social consequences." The entertainment industry was becoming "coarse", he said. "A line has been crossed--not just of taste, but of human dignity and decency--from 'music' extolling the pleasures of raping, torturing and mutilating women--from 'songs' about killing policemen and rejecting law. The mainstreaming of deviancy must come to an end.

"We will name their names and shame them as they deserve to be shamed. And let me be specific: One of the companies on the leading edge of coarseness and violence is Time Warner," he said, naming and describing some of their products. "Must you debase our nation and threaten our children for the sake of corporate profits?"

The New York Times played the story of Dole's speech on the front page. The headline read: "Dole Attacks Hollywood Wares As Undermining Social Values"

Source: The Choice, by Bob Woodward, p.185-187 , Nov 1, 2005

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