Elizabeth Dole has never held elected office,
but she boasts an impressive resume of government service, with posts in the Nixon,
Reagan and Bush administrations, including stints as secretary of transportation and
secretary of labor. As transportation secretary, Dole supported random drug testing
and spearheaded the move to raise the national drinking age to 21. As labor secretary,
she worked on projects to upgrade workers' skills. One-half of the ultimate Washington
power couple, Dole took an unpaid 14-month leave from the Red Cross in 1996 to help her
husband's presidential campaign, and gave him a boost with her walk-though-the-audience
talk at the GOP convention in San Diego on his behalf. But Dole also regularly draws
criticism, including Doonesbury parodies, for her ultra-scripted approach to campaigning.
How she will react to the messy give and take of a presidential campaign when she is the
candidate is an open question.
Update: Elizabeth Dole has chosen to drop out of the Republican Presidential Race.
||Formed exploratory committee March 10, 1999;
Announced June 30, 1999 that she would formalize her candidacy in the fall.
Withdrew from the race October 20, 1999, citing fund-raising problems
|Age on Inauguration Day 2001
||July 29, 1936 in Salisbury, North Carolina
||J.D., Harvard University (1965); M.A. in Education and Government, Harvard University (1960); Post-graduate work at Oxford University (Summer, 1959); B.A. in political science, Duke University (1958)
Family: Married to Bob Dole, former U.S. senator; has stepdaughter Robin
||Husband, Robert Dole.
||Secretary, Department of Labor (1989-91);
Secretary, Department of Transportation (1983-87); Assistant to President Ronald Reagan for
Public Liaison (1981-83); Chair, Voters for Reagan-Bush, (1980); Member of the Federal Trade
Commission (1973-79); Deputy assistant for consumer affairs to President Richard Nixon, (1971-73);
Staff assistant at U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare (1965-67)
||President of the Red Cross (1991-1999) (with 14-month unpaid leave of
absence from November 1995-January 1997 for husband's presidential campaign)
||Elizabeth Dole for President Exploratory Committee
P.O. Box 58247
Washington, D.C. 20037
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||Dole supported the air campaign against Yugoslavia, saying,
What we're doing is the right course and we must not shrink from it.
She toured refugee camps and urged Americans to help aid groups assist the Kosovar Albanian refugees.
||Dole says the U.S. policy of engagement with China has helped build a
more open, prosperous economy in that country, but the human rights situation in
China has stagnated and the U.S. should press China harder for reform. Washington
does not do China any favors when it averts official eyes from Beijing's stagnant
human rights situation, or important questions of trust and national security, she says.
||Dole says she favors cutting taxes and has signed the
Americans for Tax Reform
Taxpayers Protection Pledge, promising to work for tax relief. She says she would oppose
all efforts to increase income tax rates or reduction or elimination of deductions and credits.
||Dole has looked for middle ground,
saying she would not work for a constitutional amendment banning abortion.
||Dole says all money flowing into the system
should go to Social Security and not be spent on other government
programs. She does not favor government-controlled investment of
Social Security funds in the stock market, but does favor exploring
the possibility of individually directed, personally controlled retirement accounts. .
|Crime & Guns
||Dole has endorsed mandatory child-safety locks
on guns, and favors banning
certain assault weapons and so-called cop killer armor-piercing bullets. I don't think
you need an AK-47 to defend your family, she says.
||Dole says she would like to renew Americans' faith
in politics and government.
Politics and the politics of governing have become so negative, so paralyzed by special interests, that as a
people, we're beginning to lose faith in our own institutions, she says. She says it's important
to place service over politics, consensus over confrontation and a constant recognition of the desire
of my fellow countrymen to do what is right.
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