Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Dole Braves a Storm

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Dole Braves a Storm

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Bob Dole bid an emotional farewell last week to the US Senate. He weathered many storms there, but his was usually a sure hand at the tiller.

Now he steps into a craft, his presidential campaign, with much trickier steering, and which is currently tossed by a gale of Mr. Dole's own making.

But there's method in the candidate's willingness to roil the waters after he supposedly smoothed them last week by announcing he favored inclusion of a tolerance statement in the GOP convention platform. Though intended to moderate the party's unequivocal call for a constitutional amendment to ban abortion, the statement was to be innocuously placed in the platform's preamble rather than its text - or so Dole aides and party right-wingers thought.

Their candidate has now made it clear that the tolerance wording should be placed more prominently, preferably right in the abortion plank. That, alas, is heresy to ardent pro-lifers such as Patrick Buchanan. To them, it implies a retreat from the party's stated intolerance of abortion. …

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