Bob Dole 1996 On the Issues
Where Bob Dole
Stands on Values
Bob Dole Will Be a Role
Model for America's Children
The President should be a powerful voice in teaching and promoting the values
that made America great. Ronald Reagan and George Bush both used the Oval
Office to address timely social and value-related issues ranging from teen drug
use to urban violence and social decay. They offered visible role models for
our young people to emulate, and their leadership helped strengthen the
As President, Bob Dole will restore that important tradition of leadership by
example. He will use the bully pulpit of the Presidency to speak out on the
important moral issues of the day.
Bob Dole Has the Strong Moral Character to
Lead America into the 21st Century
Bob Dole's values are rooted in the small Kansas town in which he grew up: love
of God and country and family, commitment to honesty, decency and personal
responsibility, and self-reliance tempered by a sense of community.
Those values have guided Bob Dole throughout his life, and they will be the
foundation on which he bases his Presidency.
It was those values that Bob Dole talked about last year in Hollywood when he
challenged the entertainment industry to stop peddling gratuitous sex and
random violence to our children. "Our music, movies, television and
advertising regularly push the limits of decency, bombarding our children with
destructive messages of casual violence and even more casual sex," Dole
said. "The mainstreaming of deviancy must come to an end, but it will only
stop when the leaders of the entertainment industry recognize their responsibility."
He took a similar message to Indianapolis a few months later: "We must
speak out about our values," Dole said, "and insist that our culture
and our government reflect them. Yes, this means braving the ridicule of the
cultural elites and speaking out about our popular entertainment. Our movies
and music, advertising and television are having a profound impact on our
children. And it's not for the good."
Dole's message struck a chord with millions of parents and launched a national
debate over the impact popular culture has on our children. The grassroots
movement he started has borne fruit in a voluntary television ratings system
and this summer's educational programming agreement with the major networks.
A Better America
With Bob Dole as President, America will once again have a President who will
focus public attention on values -- a role model who every parent can point to
in teaching their children the difference between right and wrong.
Source: Bob Dole 1996 Official Campaign Web Site