Via Jason Kottke, Bob Dole’s campaign website is still on the internet. Among the awesome nuggets (I personally love the cookie recipe), you can see debate highlights. This is Bob Dole’s closing statement from the first debate:

Thank you, Jim. Thank you, Mr. President. Thanks to everyone for watching and listening. I want to address my remarks to the young people of America, because they’re the ones who are going to spend most of their life in the 21st century. They are the ones who have the challenges, and there are people out there making predictions that it’s not going to be the same, you’re not going to have the same opportunity, it’s going to be more deficits, more drugs, more crime, and less confidence in the American people. And that’s what you’re faced with, what parents are faced with and what grandparents are faced with.

It’s important. It’s their future. And I would say to those – I know there are more young people experimenting with drugs today than ever before, drug use has gone up. If you care about the future of America, if you care about your future, just don’t do it.

And I know that I am someone older than you, but I’ve had my anxious moments in my life. I’ve learned to feed myself and to walk and to dress, and I’m standing here as proof that in America the possibilities are unlimited. I know who I am and I know where I’m from, and I know where I want to take America.

We are the greatest country on the face of the earth. We do more good things for more people in our communities, our neighborhoods, than anywhere that I know of.

This is important business – this election is important. I ask for your support, I ask for your help. And if you really want to get involved, just tap into my home page at

Thank you and God bless America.

As a young person in 1996, I would have been totally befuddled by this. Obviously I think it was aimed more at old people who wanted young people to hear something like this. But especially if I was in high schooler (I was actually 10) I don’t know what I would’ve made of Bob Dole personally exhorting me to stay away from drugs.

Also: plugging his website, that must have been a first.