That was long before Dole made a disastrous choice of Jack Kemp for VP, and Kemp made the disastrous choice of accepting.Kemp would have been a fine president - he was just a lousy VP candidate. Kemp committed the cardinal political sin for a Republican - he failed to defend his party - and the middle class generally - against the racism smear just because Gore exempted Kemp personally from the attack.
Kemp didnt want to be the attack dog of the ticket, so he should have declined to be the VP candidate. And Dole should have never nominated him.
In the convention, Dole responded to the racism smear by asking any racists in the convention to just leave. Like that was gonna convince anyone who bought the smear in the first place. If Dole had been serious about putting paid to the racism smear, he should have nominated Thomas Sowell for VP. That would have been interesting! One thing that wouldnt have happened would have been for Al Gore to win the VP debate.