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Bill Clinton and Bob Dole Debate "Housekeeping" (03:06)


Peter Jennings introduces the last 1996 joint appearance debate between Clinton and Dole, and moderator Jim Lehrer. Lehrer outlines the debate format and introduces the candidates.

Opening Statement: Dole (02:07)

Dole thanks debate attendees, his family, and viewers. He wants everyone to understand who he is and know that he understands the problems uppermost on American minds.

Opening Statement: Clinton (02:10)

Clinton will do his best to make this a discussion of issues and ideas. He shares the philosophy he followed the last four years.

Practice what we Preach (04:59)

Dole states that many lost their faith in the American government; public officials have an obligation to keep their word. Clinton is for opportunity, responsibility, and community; we must move beyond partisan arguments. Dole highlights the importance of public trust.

Health Care Reform (03:38)

Clinton highlights what his administration did for health care during his presidency and the four things he wants to focus on during the next four years. Dole wants to stop talking about cutting Medicare and cites the Kassebaum bill. Clinton cites provisions in his balanced budget.

Pay Scale Gap (03:23)

Dole believes we need to look at closing the gap between military and civilian pay. Clinton cites a recent bill to increase military pay and improve quality of life. Dole promises to address this issue at the beginning of his possible presidency.

American Troops as Peacekeepers (04:15)

Clinton does not believe Yasser Arafat wants U.S. troops in the West Bank; the job of the U.S. is to minimize the risks of peace. Dole comments on the defense budget; he does not want to commit forces anywhere. Clinton believes Arafat and Netanyahu will find trust and peace.

Nicotine Addiction (04:11)

Dole cites his record on tobacco since 1965 and discusses the increase of drug use during the Clinton Administration. Clinton explains his position on limiting the access of tobacco to young people. Dole states that the Clinton Administration has done nothing about smoking and drugs.

Medicare and Social Security Reform (04:05)

Clinton addresses making changes to extend Social Security out to 70 years; Medicare needs help now. Dole believes Medicare reform will need to be done by a commission. Clinton says we need to reform Medicare, not wreck it.

Welfare Reform (04:02)

Dole states that the president vetoed reform twice and signed it with provisions on the third attempt. Welfare reform has been important to Clinton since 1980; he has a plan to work with the private sector. Dole discusses the importance of growth and an economic package.

Capital Gains Tax (03:36)

The Clinton Administration has plans to reduce capital gains tax on home sales and capital gains for new small businesses. Dole states that Clinton's plan is temporary whereas his plan is permanent. Clinton counters with comments on balancing the budget.

Presidential Age (03:55)

Dole explains his connection with young voices in America. Clinton counters with Dole's record on education in Congress and outlines his education plan. Dole promises to provide a tax cut.

Affirmative Action (03:48)

Clinton is against quotas but favors the right kind of affirmative action; he cites examples. Dole supports the California civil rights initiative. Clinton explains why he opposes the initiative.

Tax Reduction and Balanced Budget (04:02)

Dole comments on Clinton's position against quotas before explaining his economic package. Clinton cites cuts in Dole's tax scheme. Dole takes exception to the word "scheme" and promises to cut taxes and balance the budget.

Family Leave Act (03:34)

Clinton is proud of the first bill he signed and shares two ideas for expanding it. Dole states that the Family Leave Act only affects 5% of employers. Clinton explains why employers with less than 50 employees are exempt.

U.S. Manufacturing (03:50)

Dole states that an aggressive trade policy, regulatory reform, and an economic package will increase manufacturing jobs. Clinton states that we gained manufacturing jobs during his presidency. Dole counters with economic statistics.

Employment Nondiscrimination Act (03:38)

Clinton supports the policy and remarks on looking to the future. Dole is opposed to discrimination but does not support creating special rights for any group; he counters Clinton's remarks on the economy. Clinton cites an example of improving the economy.

Managed Care (04:33)

Dole explains why he opposed Clinton's 1993 proposal allowing the government to takeover health care. Clinton favors a federal bill to repeal any gag rules on providers.

Voter Participation (04:25)

Clinton explains three ways to improve participation. Dole wonders if the candidates discourage participation; he would be willing to participate in more debates. Clinton suggests making a connection between everyday lives and Washington.

Retirement Funds (04:04)

Dole believes individual retirement accounts will encourage savings; the government needs to look at Social Security. Clinton discusses encouraging pension plans. Dole highlights areas of his economic package.

Trade Deficit in Japan (03:48)

Clinton explains what his administration did to improve trade with Japan. Dole states that we have to stop exporting jobs. Clinton explains that we had over 200 individual trade agreements in the last four years.

Religion and Politics (04:12)

Dole states that the president has a responsibility to lead by example and ethics. Clinton tries to support policies that respect religion and help parents inculcate those values to their children; he cites examples. Dole supports voluntary prayer in school.

Special Rights (04:28)

Clinton discusses guidelines about prayer in school and states that "we are stronger when we unite around shared values instead of being divided by our differences." Dole reiterates that he opposes discrimination.

Closing Statement: Dole (02:20)

Dole is honored to run for president. He highlights connections with the American people and issues Clinton opposes. He promises the economy will get better and states that his promises are good.

Closing Statement: Clinton (02:25)

Clinton thanks the public for the opportunity to serve as president. He states that this election is about choosing between two different visions for moving into the 21st century. Lehrer thanks the participants.

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Bill Clinton and Bob Dole Debate (10/16/1996): U.S. Presidential Election Debates

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In this October 1996 debate between Senator Bob Dole and President Bill Clinton, the presidential candidates address domestic and foreign matters. Dole and Clintion highlight their positions on health care reform, Social Security, welfare, foreign aid, retirement, Affirmative Action, U.S. manufacturing, and more. An ABC News Production.

Length: 93 minutes

Item#: BVL94925

ISBN: 978-1-68272-175-9

Copyright date: ©1996

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