Raw footage for "None of the Above," a documentary on non-voters during the 1996 presidential election. This tape features footage from the 1996 Republican National Convention in San Diego, CA.
00:00Copy video clip URL This tape begins with footage of Elizabeth Dole’s speech at the Republican National Convention. Dole is speaking directly to the younger Republicans in the audience. She lays out her husband’s platform for the presidency, placing an emphasis on budget balancing and tax cuts. She also addresses the drug problem in the country and states that fighting the problem will be an “all out war.” The young audience watches attentively as Dole goes through her speech. This lasts for several minutes.
08:30Copy video clip URL As Dole finishes her speech, convention attendees emphatically chant and cheer. Dole shakes a number of hands in the front of the convention center.
09:12Copy video clip URL Cut to a speech from an unnamed speaker. The man’s speech is fairly fragmented and cuts in and out throughout its entirety. The man, however, speaks of the importance of something he calls “Dole Pride.” “I am reminded that it’s up to me to just do it. And see our generation, we’ve lost that Dole Pride, to where we don’t make excuses we just go and we do it. And we just go and we get the job done when it’s time to take the exam no excuses. And we just go out and we get up every day and we go to class and we get up every day and we go to work. We get up and every day and we do what we must do to make sure that we’re taking care of business. That’s Dole Pride. No excuses.”
10:47Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of a black and white illustration of Bob Dole. Outside of the convention center, Republican advocates and protesters gather to voice their concerns about certain issues. A Dole protester holds up an illustration of Dole that reads, “DULL.” He and a pro-life advocate debate the issue of abortion. A televangelist addresses the onlookers from atop a soapbox. He eventually gets the audience to participate in an a capella version of a worship song.
12:13Copy video clip URL Cut to a debate between a Dole supporter and protester. The two try to one up each other with alleged facts about their candidates. A pro-life advocate and a non-religious person debate the existence of God. The two end up shaking hands with one another even after what seemed to be an intense debate. The camera operator continues to gather footage from in and around the area.
15:07Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of a man dressed in only a homemade semi-nude elephant costume. The man is reprimanded by a police official before skating his way around the outside of the convention hall. A slew of press and general public gather around the man to watch and take pictures of him. A man dressed as Uncle Sam also makes his way into the photos. The man dressed in the elephant costume talks about his reasons for dressing in such an odd costume. “There’s so much sadness in the world I’d like to put some smiles to people you know? It’s happiness you know? It’s cool, I think.”
17:16Copy video clip URL The camera operator continues to gather footage of the many protest signs that hang high outside the convention. We eventually see some footage of an Abraham Lincoln impersonator. Standing in front of a podium, the impersonator speaks with the press about a number of good books about Lincoln.
19:15Copy video clip URL Cut to inside of the convention hall. Amidst a sea of campaign signs and American flags, Dole supporters chant and cheer while awaiting the arrival of the Republican nominee. Dole eventually reaches the stage and begins to address the large crowd. The camera operator makes his way backstage and amusingly shoots a young man sleeping on a table during Dole’s address. The young man lays restless as Dole is seen in the background, giving his speech while projected on a big screen TV. As Dole lays out his platform for the presidency, the camera operator makes his way through the convention center, gathering different shots of Dole at work in front of a crowd of thousands. This lasts for several minutes.
39:09Copy video clip URL The crowd goes wild as Dole finishes his acceptance speech. Confetti and balloons begin to fly through the convention hall. The entire crowd is led by an RNC representative in a rendition of “God Bless America.” The convention then closes with a prayer. We then watch as supporters slowly begin to leave the convention hall. However, many stick around and watch as Dole poses with supporters for a number of pictures on the stage.
49:16Copy video clip URL Cut to outside of the convention where a large number of supporters are gathered to listen to a speech from Vice Presidential Nominee Jack Kemp. The camera operator does not capture much footage of Kemp while he speaks, but the audio of his address can still be heard. This lasts for the remainder of the tape.
58:17Copy video clip URL Tape ends.