Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Dole Visit Brings in $35,000 GOP Candidate Talks Values, Taxes

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Dole Visit Brings in $35,000 GOP Candidate Talks Values, Taxes

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Republican presidential candidate Elizabeth Dole raised about $35,000 yesterday in Jacksonville with a $500-aplate luncheon hosted by U.S. Rep. Tillie Fowler.

Dole, about 20 minutes late to the function because of an airport delay, spoke for about 40 minutes to the 70 or so supporters gathered at the River Club downtown.

Upon her arrival, she worked the room in her trademark Donahue -style, addressing many by name and flashing her familiar smile with each hand she shook.

After lunch, Dole focused her prepared remarks on why she would be a better candidate than Democratic Vice President Al Gore. The more immediate, and perhaps tougher, battle is how she plans to beat Texas Gov. George W. Bush, the early lead contender for the GOP nomination and the brother of Florida's governor, Jeb Bush.

Noting the scandal-plagued Clinton-Gore administration was sending the wrong message, Dole said a strong economy couldn't make up for a loss of values in society.

"We need a president who can use the bully pulpit to promote that which is right and change those things that are wrong," she said. "We need that leadership."

Dole also amused the crowd when she answered the question of where her husband, Bob, was. Bob Dole ran for president against Clinton in 1996, and he lost.

"He's home making the bed," she said. "Turnabout is fair play."

If elected, Dole said her top issues would be defense, drugs, education and tax relief. When asked how she could spend more money to strengthen the military and improve drug interdiction while cutting taxes, Dole said money could be saved by setting priorities differently, spending some expected surplus funds and cutting wasteful spending through privatization.

Overall, the crowd that gathered for Dole was white and mostly middle-aged or older, and about evenly split between women and men with an emphasis on business people. …

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