July 12, 1996 in Nation/World

Dole Says Naacp ‘Tried To Set Me Up’

Compiled From Wire Services

Criticized for bypassing the NAACP convention, Bob Dole accused the head of the civil-rights organization Thursday of “trying to set me up” and said he’d look for more receptive audiences that “I can relate to.”

The Republican presidential candidate, interviewed by radio show host Don Imus, said he probably would have gotten a cool reception had he agreed to address the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s annual convention this week in Charlotte, N.C. And he called NAACP Chairman Kweisi Mfume a “leading liberal Democrat” who is no friend of his.

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