Dole on Kerry
I asked Dole to explain his comments. Here's what he said:
"John Kerry and I are friends," he said, "but I didn't think these other guys ought to be denigrated and called liars by the liberal press -- there's a lot of that in the country. And I've talked to Kerry since, and I worked with him 14 years in the Senate.
"I defended him when Gen. (Wesley) Clark was getting on him (during the primaries). But I also I said (before the convention) John, stop pushing your Vietnam record. Not everyone served there, and two-and-a-half million other guys did. And when you left there you hated the war, and now you're something else.
"He's made it the whole campaign, and I don't think it works. I ran against a guy who evaded the draft in '96. We didn't talk about it. I think people get tired of it. There were a lot of good decent people who didn't wear a uniform. And I hope that (now) Kerry will kind of back off. Talk about education, talk about jobs."
I asked him about Bush's chances.
"I think Bush could win it. Not a big landslide, I think he could win it comfortably, with a good convention."
And has it been a good convention? " I think it's been excellent so far."
The elevator door opened, and Dole was whisked to his next appearance.