Dole Back Again

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: One day before a crucial Senate vote on the chemical weapons treaty, Bill Clinton got backing from an unexpected source: Bob Dole. Citing alterations in the treaty language, Dole said "there are now adequate safeguards to protect American interests." Dole's support could provide crucial political cover to Trent Lott and other wavering Senate Republicans, TIME's Jef McAllister notes. "Dole has always been closer to the internationalist wing than to the isolationists that Helms has marshaled against the treaty." While White House officials hoped that Dole's endorsement would give them the needed votes, spokesman Mike McCurry said the Administration can't yet count on the necessary two-thirds majority.