the Economic Club of Detroit on Tuesday Bob Dole said Bill Clinton is a
liberal bent on raising taxes. ABC's World News Tonight on Tuesday
(September 24) didn't mention the speech.
On the CBS
Evening News, Phil Jones charged that supporting a tax cut means Dole is
no longer concerned about the deficit. Jones also worried that criticizing
Clinton isn't the right strategy.
"The former Senator argued that voters have a choice between two
different visions of government."
Dole: "He wants families to pinch their pennies so government can
spend more money. I've got a new idea. I want the government for a change
to pinch its pennies so the families will not have to pinch theirs."
Jones: "The ex-deficit hawk returned to the centerpiece of his
campaign, a 15 percent tax cut."
Dole: "I know the critics say you can't do this, you can't cut taxes
and balance the budget. What they're really saying is that they cannot do
Jones: "Campaign aides claim they have private polls showing
President Clinton vulnerable on the tax issue. That's the reason for this
attack. But between now and election day the Republican nominee has to do
more than criticize. He's got to sell the Dole plan."
some of the same tax soundbites from Dole, on NBC Nightly News David Bloom
ran a clip of a new Clinton ad which criticizes Dole's Senate record,
emphasizing Dole's length of service. Bloom then charged:
"So now Dole who's complained about Clinton's campaign of fear is
taking a similar tack."
Dole: "Secrets, secrets. Remember the FBI files that went to the
Bloom: "With the election just six weeks away, calling Bill Clinton a
liberal might soon look tame. David Bloom, NBC News, Detroit."