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Dole Drops Out of 2000 Race

Republican Elizabeth Hanford Dole, who had recently voiced support for a controversial California law that seeks to block foreign-born children of illegal immigrants from attending public schools, bowed out of the 2000 presidential race last week.

Mrs. Dole announced Oct. 20 that she would not seek her party's nomination because she had failed to raise enough money to mount an effective campaign. She is still considered a possible vice presidential candidate.

Earlier, in an Oct. 14 town meeting in Iowa, Mrs. Dole gave her nod to California's Proposition 187, the controversial ballot measure adopted five years ago that aimed to bar illegal immigrants from most public services, including public education. Providing benefits to illegal immigrants "sends the wrong message" because they are breaking the law, Mrs. Dole said at the meeting.

Much of the law, which was approved by Golden State voters in 1994, never went into effect because a federal court deemed many of its provisions unconstitutional--including its language on education.Gov. George W. Bush of Texas, who is seen as the front-runner for the gop nomination, opposes Proposition 187.

Mrs. Dole's stand continued the conservative line she took in a speech focusing on education late last month. In a plan called the "Three R's: Return, Restore, Refine," she called for cutting bureaucracy, strengthening discipline, and giving parents and local schools more flexibility and control over federal funding. ("Dole Unveils K-12 Policies at Massachusetts School," Sept. 29, 1999.)

--Joetta L. Sack

Vol. 19, Issue 9, Page 31

Published in Print: October 27, 1999, as Election Notebook
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