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Dole On Drugs: ‘Just Don’t Do It’

Thu., Sept. 19, 1996, midnight

Revisiting a theme that has had almost as many sequels as the “Rocky” or “Police Academy” movies, Bob Dole lectured the entertainment industry for the third time on Wednesday, trying to give his presidential campaign a boost by upbraiding musicians and filmmakers for their depictions of heroin use.

The Republican nominee also chastised President Clinton for having raised “a white flag of surrender” in the war against drugs, and tried to coin a new motto against drug use: “Just don’t do it.”

Dole spoke at a suburban high school that polices its campus with drug-sniffing dogs. It was part of his weeklong effort to showcase his anti-crime agenda - on Tuesday, Dole used a county jail in Phoenix as a campaign backdrop.

“When adults, the entertainment community and government fail to define a confident standard on drug use, our children are endangered,” Dole told students and Republican supporters crowded into the gymnasium of Chaminade College Preparatory High School.

Citing statistics showing an increase in teenage drug use and the resurgence of heroin, Dole said children would test the limits of acceptability in “a world of temptation and confusion.” Adults must maintain those limits, he asserted.

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