An Uphill Campaign, con’t
August 15,1996
Political

POLITICAL EVENT

Bob Dole secures the Republican Party nomination for the presidency. In August 1996, Bob Dole arrived at the Republican National Convention with his party's nomination already in hand. Dole united the GOP's deficit hawks with its Reaganesque supply-siders. Unable to gain much traction amidst "Clinton prosperity," the challenger trailed throughout the campaign. Dole's message of smaller government, tax reduction, regulatory and tort reform, and a strengthened national defense was not enough to close Clinton's double-digit lead in the polls.