September 13, 1995 in Nation/World

Elizabeth Dole Asks Agency To Tone Down Anti-Aids Program

Compiled From Wire Services

The American Red Cross is seeking to tone down the content of its AIDS-prevention program at the behest of its president, Elizabeth Dole, The New York Times reported.

Although internal Red Cross documents did not suggest any political motivation, some Red Cross officials told the Times the move by the organization’s board of governors was reflecting Dole’s desires at a time when her husband was trying to appeal to conservatives.

Her husband, Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, has sought to emphasize his conservative credentials in his quest for the Republican presidential nomination.

“It is unconscionable,” Shana Ross, the HIV-AIDS commissioner for the Red Cross’ Houston chapter, was quoted in today’s Times. “I have to take into account that this is because of who our president is, who her husband is and the fact that he’s involved in a campaign now for the presidency, and he is seemingly losing ground to opponents who are more conservative than he is.”

A spokesman for the Dole campaign, Nelson Warfield, said Elizabeth Dole’s work at the Red Cross was “strictly separate” from the campaign.

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