Bob Dole 1996 On the Issues
Where Bob Dole Stands on Civil
Bob Dole Has a Distinguished Record of Leadership in Civil Rights
As President, Bob Dole will continue his strong commitment to protecting the civil rights of all Americans. During his career, he:
- Supported the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
- Voted for the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) of 1967. The act protects older employees and job applicants from age discrimination in employment. In 1990, Senator Dole supported the expansion and clarification of the ADEA to protect older workers from the loss of their employee benefit plans due to age discrimination.
- Played an instrumental role in extending the Voting Rights Act in 1982.
- Led the battle to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act, which is the first comprehensive federal law which protects individuals with disabilities from discrimination in employment, public services, transportation and telecommunications.
Introduced the Equal Opportunity Act, which prohibits the use of racial and gender preferences in federal contracting, federal employment, and programs wholly administered by the federal government.
Bob Dole believes that we have made great strides to end discrimination in this country, but that we still have much work to do.
Americans Should be Judged as Individuals
Bob Dole believes that Americans should be judged as individuals, on the basis of their own unique talents and abilities, rather than on the basis of the color of their skin, ethnic background or gender. He supports conscientious enforcement of our anti-discrimination laws and efforts to remedy past discrimination against specific individuals.
Bob Dole also supports efforts to recruit qualified women and minorities, so long as these efforts do not resort to preferences. However, he opposes quotas, set-asides and other government preferences that favor individuals simply because they belong to a particular group. "The key," he says, "is to guarantee the opportunity to compete, not rig the results of the competition with quotas, set-asides and other preferences."
A Better America
As President, Bob Dole will ensure that individuals are not treated differently because of skin color or gender. He will lead America in the pursuit of a new civil rights agenda that will ensure equal opportunity -- not equal results -- for all Americans.
Source: Bob Dole 1996 Official Campaign Web Site