Dole Slams First '60 Minutes' Debate
Mar. 08, 2003
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) _ Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole says he's displeased with the first of at least 10 debates against former President Bill Clinton that will air on ``60 Minutes.''
The two 1996 presidential opponents taped a debate Thursday morning about the wisdom of a tax cut in wartime. It will air Sunday.
``I think it needs to be a little tougher,'' Dole said Friday before speaking at a Lincoln Day dinner held by Guilford County Republicans. ``It needs to have a little more edge to it for people to be interested.''
Clinton picked the first topic and Dole will choose the next.
Each of the debates will feature about 45 seconds of commentary from each man.
``I don't know how they'll get it into 60 minutes,'' Dole said. ``To try to get (Clinton) to say anything in 45 seconds is pretty hard.''
Both men are spouses of U.S. senators. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., and Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., were ``both terrified'' about what their husbands may say, Clinton has said.