CAMPAIGN '96: THE AD WARS TURN NASTY

DOLE SLAMS CLINTON ON DRUGS, BUT THE PRESIDENT WINS THE FIRST POLICE ENDORSEMENT EVER FOR A DEMOCRAT

For once, Bob Dole drew an excited response--in this case a spontaneous gasp--from a crowd. To an audience at Chaminade Prep school in West Hills, California, Dole read a quote from Bill Clinton in 1992. Asked by a young man on an MTV show if he would inhale marijuana a second time around, Clinton replied, "Sure, if I could. I tried before."

Could this finally be the Dole campaign's spark? His aides hoped so. Within two days they had rushed onto TV a spot featuring tape of the actual 1992 MTV show, though with the original color converted to a blurry...

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