Bob Dole Takes the Low Road

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Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole has received the blessing of the Rev. Pat Robertson, spiritual director of the 1.7-million-member Christian Coalition. And why not? In recent weeks he has done all the right family values things.

For openers, he returned a $1,000 contribution from the Log Cabin Republicans, an organization for gay Republicans. In returning the money, Mr. Dole stood on principle: He does not accept contributions from organizations with which he is in fundamental disagreement, his campaign office said. Apparently the disagreement was not evident to the Dole campaign when it solicited the money three months ago.

The Republican presidential hopeful did more than spurn gay Republicans to establish his commitment to family values. Going into the convention of the Christian Coalition, he pledged to end affirmative action and called for a halt to multilingual education, saying every citizen should be compelled to speak English. Mr. Dole also repeated his support of a constitutional amendment to ban flag desecration. Weeks earlier, he made the obligatory assault on Hollywood as purveyor of violence and sex.

On taxes, Mr. Dole stands four-square for that keystone of family values, untaxed capital gains, and he has added a new goal: a constitutional amendment that would require a two-thirds vote in Congress to raise taxes. …

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