You’d think that a man who had run for president two times and served in Congress as a leader for more than two decades wouldn’t be a bother, especially for a wife running in her first real electoral office (let’s not count that presidential bid, okay?).
But Bob Dole does worry some. For one thing, he tends to become increasingly moderate when talking to the press. For another, he’s already commented that his wife’s campaign might provide a little “payback” for him. Thus some White House and Republican National Committee staffers are wondering if Bob Dole’s entrance could undercut what Elizabeth Dole’s campaign has achieved so far.
“She wasn’t against gun control before she returned to North Carolina, she wasn’t pro-life before she went to North Carolina. She’s trouncing Democrats in the polls,” says an RNC advance staffer for the mid-Atlantic states. “She’s walked her own ideological minefield and come out the other side with both legs intact. We’d hate to see her take some bad advice from Senator Dole.”
And who can blame them? Bob Dole’s campaign style on the national stage has been knocked repeatedly over the years. Too stiff, too obliging, wishy-washy on controversial issues. The concern is that his presence and public comments in North Carolina could alienate the strongly Christian, pro-gun ownership base that has taken to his wife, if for no other reason than she is a Republican and has said the right things.
“If he were to somehow say that his wife isn’t really pro-life, that she’s more moderate, or that she believes some gun should be banned, or if he waffles on some other issue he shouldn’t be getting his nose into, you know the media down there, the Democrats will jump,” says the RNC staffer. “We’d prefer that he stay away.”
The nervousness about Dole is all the more confusing because his actual voting record would indicate that he, too, could probably run and win in the Tarheel State. “Maybe it’s just something about big campaigns, tight races that screw him up,” the White House staffer mulls.p> GRANITE STATE br> While New Hampshire Republican Sen.
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