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        Iowa Caucus History: Bob Dole’s Battle with the Conservative Right in 1996

        Kansas Senator Bob Dole, a World War II veteran, was in the political fight of his life in 1995. The Republican “establishment's” popular choice for the nomination, Dole was under siege from a band of outsiders, some fueled by personal wealth like Steve Forbes, others fueled by increasingly conservative rhetoric. Although Dole would win the 1996 Iowa Caucuses, much of the nation’s attention was focused on the strong showing and conservative surge of Pat Buchanan. This segment from Iowa Public Television’s Caucus Iowa: Journey to the Presidency documentary includes archival footage and contemporary interviews with politicians, campaign staff and journalists of the era.

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