July 23, 1996 in Nation/World

Dole Celebrates 73rd Birthday


In his quest to become the oldest man to win a first term as president, Bob Dole celebrated his birthday in very public style Monday with family and childhood friends here in the dusty Plains town where he was born 73 years ago.

“I’d like to say to anybody else who has a birthday today, ‘Happy Birthday - you can have mine if you want it,”’ Dole quipped during a day that included events in Washington and suburban Detroit.

Despite the festivities, Dole didn’t miss a chance to take a swipe at President Clinton. Criticizing the administration for failing to staunch drug use, Dole told a Midwestern governors meeting in Dearborn, Mich.: “Maybe because it is the problem they had in the White House with drugs that they didn’t want to push.”

If he is elected, Dole promised, “Anybody who uses drugs will not be in the White House.”

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