Dole Presents Anti-Drug Agenda

Dole Presents Anti-Drug Agenda
Posted by FoM on October 07, 1999 at 10:04:07 PT
Source: CNN-All Politics
BORDERFIELD STATE PARK, California Taking a stand at the Mexican border, Republican presidential candidate Elizabeth Dole promises a strong fight against illegal drugs and an unhesitating cutoff of U.S. aid to any country that fails to cooperate. 
She also condemns President Clinton's recent veto of the Republican Congress' attempt to block the legalization of medical marijuana in the District of Columbia. "President Elizabeth Dole will lead a crusade with the goal of a drug-free America," Dole said in remarks prepared for delivery Thursday at Borderfield State Park, south of San Diego on the California-Mexico border. Clinton 'lacks moral authority'"I do not and will not -- under any circumstances -- support the legalization of marijuana or any other drug," she said. As for Clinton, "he lacks the moral authority to send a message that drugs aren't cool," Dole added. The get-tough address is her third in a rollout of what aides call the four cornerstones of her campaign: education, national defense, drugs and, still to come, taxes. Her campaign hoped Dole's focus on illegal drugs would earn her credit for leadership on an issue that voters do not rank public opinion polls as a priority. "Pundits and pollsters tell me that drug abuse is not an important issue. But I don't get my passion from polling," Dole said. She noted studies that show a doubling of teen drug use since 1992, the year Clinton was elected. 'Mexico needs to extradite drug lords'On the international front, Dole said Clinton has rendered hollow the United States' "certification" process, whereby countries with lax counter-narcotic efforts are supposed to be punished with economic sanctions. In March, Clinton certified Mexico as an ally in fight against drugs despite its disappointing record of extraditing of drug criminals and a declines last year in cocaine and heroin seizures. "It is time we throw down the gauntlet and cease timid negotiations with foreign governments that cannot or will not put a stop to the production or smuggling of drugs," Dole said. "Mexico, long a close friend and important neighbor, needs to extradite drug lords to the United States and make a concerted effort to reduce the flood of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and crack across the border." Reminds voters of previous leadership rolesShe called for an end to U.S. military aid for Colombia until it reclaims a zone where Dole said the government has ceded control to narco-guerrillas. Dole said she would meet personally with all international leaders in an effort to foster counter-narcotic cooperation. But if all else fails, she pledged to cut aid to countries that "do not vigorously combat the drugs that are destroying our communities and killing our young people." Trying to break through with limited cash in a Republican nomination race dominated by Texas Gov. George W. Bush, Dole presented her drug-fighting experience in a way that served to remind voters of her executive and public-service credentials. During her tenure as secretary of transportation, Dole said she instituted random drug testing of all rail workers after a deadly rail accident was blamed on operators found to be using marijuana and alcohol. She also made the department the first civilian agency to begin random drug testing of its 30,000 employees in critical safety and security positions, such as air-traffic controllers. Tobacco suit criticizedOn Wednesday in Kentucky, in the heart of tobacco country, she criticized a Justice Department lawsuit against tobacco companies that seeks to recover billions of dollars that taxpayers have spent on smoking-related health care. She said the government should instead focus on making sure that more than $240 billion cigarette-makers already have agreed to pay the states is spent on anti-smoking education for children. She also called for an all-out effort to prevent tobacco companies from selling cigarettes to young people. October 7, 1999Web posted at: 9:54 a.m. EDT (1354 GMT) 1999 Cable News Network, Inc. Dole Promises Crusade Against Illegal Drug Use - 8/23/99
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Comment #15 posted by rainbow on October 07, 1999 at 22:35:12 PT:
Back honesty everytime a change for the future
Dr. GanjIt is good to hear someone say something positive about Ventura. The press has been misquoting him left and right. I do not agree with all his statements but I sure respect him and agree with more of what he says that any politician I know of.So the lesson is do you want honesty and a knowledge of where your politician really stands on the issues.Do you want to really reform and reduce government? Republicans and Democrats have been saying it for a long time but Ventura is doing it.And he entertains us at the same time. its a real kick.Rainbow
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Comment #14 posted by Give us a break on October 07, 1999 at 22:29:18 PT
Mrs. Bob "Viagra" Dole
Doesn't her husband push a recreational drug called Viagra?(which has the potential to cause Fatal heart attacks)I think Mrs Dole should clean up her own back yard before she takes on anyone elses.
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Comment #13 posted by Dr. Ganj on October 07, 1999 at 21:26:17 PT
Mrs. Dole
Mindless, pathetic blather like this is only going to hasten her retirement, where she & good ol' Bob can test their Viagra on his withered, flaccid pud. A politician for the new millennium she is not. We need honest dialog like Johnson, or Ventura. Speaking of whom, read the entire Playboy article, and you'll see this man could really help our ailing nation. All this drug war talk is worse than Detroit, and I hope we as a nation will vote in a true champion of the people, for the people.Dr. Ganj
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Comment #12 posted by kaptinemo on October 07, 1999 at 16:41:33 PT
Verbal flatulance
I don't know what's worse, the brain-dead Republican males or their wives. Someone should tell this Betty Crocker clone to hightail it back to her cushy job with the Red Cross. She can do less damage there.Folks, someone else said it here better than I can: vote! With all the interest being sparked by by MMJ, with Governor Johnson publicly joining in with a more sensible alternative on this hated War, the timing is getting better for action. The other side will use their extensive resources to harass us, but that will stop when a few high and mighty types get their doors busted in after a few anonymous phone 'tips' and they get to see first hand what it's like. The Drug Warriors are on the philosophical run; now let's add the political pressure to boot. 
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Comment #11 posted by get real on October 07, 1999 at 15:34:33 PT
Mrs. Dole....?
Yeah, that's right! You tell those drug lords in Mexico and Colombia to get right on over here and serve out their prison terms in comfort (while still in business, too). You know everyone MUST do what the good ol' USA commands. As Paul Newman says (in Butch Cassidy and Sundance).........Who are those guys?
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Comment #10 posted by Freedom Fighter on October 07, 1999 at 14:47:43 PT
Biddy Libby....
Folks, these people are dangerous. More prisons, more violence, more cruelity, another Vietnam...not only must we vote, our voices must be heard. Otherwise, the future of this country is dismal indeed.
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Comment #9 posted by Alexandre Oeming on October 07, 1999 at 14:33:25 PT:
Brain Cells 'R' Us
Looks like this idiot has been getting too much of the ole "dumbstick" from the hubby. (thanx LING!) She's so out of touch with the public ... maybe she should go and steal a clue because she's obviously jones-ing for a release from ignorance. :)
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Comment #8 posted by Thomas on October 07, 1999 at 14:12:43 PT
Great Foreign Policy
Yea, that's it! Threaten the drug producing countries with cutting off funds and make demands and talk down to them as if they create the problem. That will win them over and solve things. By the way, who cares that people say cannabis helps them with certain ailments. Zero-tollerance (intollerance/bigotry) is the answer. The nonsense she spews forth is so Reaganesque. This viewpoint is as old and tired as he/she are. Please go away and let the more open-minded people handle things.
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on October 07, 1999 at 14:04:08 PT
LOL! That's Good!
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Comment #6 posted by Chris Knestrick on October 07, 1999 at 13:51:23 PT:
Perhaps A Reminder...
Perhaps someone should remind Libby that more people have died from Viagra than from marijuana.I hardly doubts she wants THAT to be illegal!!!!
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on October 07, 1999 at 13:12:32 PT
That's one thing I never want to be called as old as I get so I'll work hard that I won't be called a biddy! LOL!Thanks All!
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Comment #4 posted by Old news on October 07, 1999 at 13:01:25 PT
Out of touch
Been there, seen it and done it. Can't these politicians come up with something new.
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Comment #3 posted by Dankhank on October 07, 1999 at 11:39:45 PT:
A big reason for her low ranking in the polls ... Nothing new ... tired old biddy wants to tell me what to do ....
Hemp n Stuff
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on October 07, 1999 at 10:55:37 PT
Right On!
That's a good one Chris! You're right!
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Comment #1 posted by Chris Knestrick on October 07, 1999 at 10:33:27 PT:
She just needs to give it up. All the talk is as old and tired and uninspired as her husband.
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