“Dole….Bob Dole.”

A behind-the-scenes look at the GOP’s leading man.

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He’s a self-proclaimed “man of action.” And he is by all accounts an experienced politician. But what are his priorities? Where do his allegiances lie? And the $64,000 question: Does Bob Dole have a real plan for the future?

The Dark Side: What you need to know about Bob Dole
Will 1996 bring us a kinder, gentler Bob? Thus far in the race, he’s been the poster- child for politeness and self-restraint…but history tells us that Bob Dole’s anger has been one of his strongest points. What happened to the fire in his belly?

Tobacco Dole
Mother Jones reveals the connection between Bob Dole and the tobacco industry. Read about William McInturff, chief pollster for Bob Dole’s presidential campaign, whose polling firm also oversaw a tobacco-commissioned poll designed to intimidate Texas attorney general Dan Morales. Just a part of our extensive Tobacco Strikes Back package.

Playing the Dole Game
Who said it, Bob Dole or Tobacco hack? Can you tell the difference in rhetoric? Play the MoJo Wire exclusive interactive quiz and we’ll have you wondering if Dole is thinking about a new career as a P.R. hack (judging from the response to his quotes, he shouldn’t).

Taking Stock in Congress
A special feature of The MoJo Wire’s “Coin-Operated Congress” section. You’ll find out about Bob Dole’s stock purchases and the PAC money that he’s accepted from some of the same companies. In return, the companies got favorable legislation and Dole got a nice gain on his investments. And while you’re at it, check out the stock deals of other politicians.

The Hunters
The GOP machine has continued to chew up and spit out anyone who dares to question its motives. From the conservative Washington press to Rush Limbaugh, the Republicans are back for the attack. Their head swordsman? Bob Dole.

Captains of Malice
Mother Jones Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Klein draws an unusual literary comparison: How about Bob Dole as Captain Ahab? In this 1994 Editor’s Note, he reports on some chilling predictions and makes a few too many Melville references.

The Race for the White House
Another MoJo Wire exclusive, this section provides links to other Internet resources, from newsgroups to other Web pages. A good place to start your search for Dole info.

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