Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Role for Dole

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Role for Dole

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Elizabeth Dole's withdrawal from the Republican presidential race Wednesday was both a disappointment and more evidence that the nominating process needs fixing.

Mrs. Dole pointed to her inability to raise the funds needed to compete with Texas Gov. George W. Bush. But there's more to it than that.

It takes money to run, of course, but the need is increased by the ever-shrinking presidential primary process. Primaries and caucuses that used to stretch out from February to June are now collapsed into a six-week period starting at the end of January 2000. There's no longer any time to get a "bounce" out of the Iowa caucuses or the New Hampshire primary and raise funds along the way for a bandwagon campaign that picks up speed as it goes along.

On another level, however, Dole never quite succeeded in getting across the reasons for her candidacy. It's not enough to be the first viable woman candidate: Dole's vague platform and programmed public appearances kept her campaign sitting on the launching pad. …

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