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Bob Dole's Age and Health in the 1996 Election: Did the Media Let Us Down?
Herbert L. Abrams and Richard Brody examine the issue of Robert Dole's age and health in the 1996 election and its impact on the vote of the electorate. They conclude that among the voters for whom age was an important consideration, most believed that age was a potential obstacle to Dole having a successful presidency. They fault the media for not seriously discussing the possibility that Dole might not last out his term because of illness, disability or death.

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