Candidate's Entertainment Picks — EW polls Bob Dole and Bill Clinton about favorite movies, CDs, and more

By Benjamin Svetkey and Chris Nashawaty
Updated November 08, 1996 at 05:00 AM EST

Sure, we know Sen. Bob Dole‘s stand on taxes, immigration, and affirmative action, but what about the really important issues — like who’s his favorite Friend? Since this has been the most pop-culture-oriented election in history (Dole even made a photo op out of attending an Independence Day screening), we faxed Dole’s and President Bill Clinton‘s campaign headquarters the following entertainment questions. Dole’s responses — or, more likely, the responses of one of his cleverest aides — are listed below. We’re still waiting on Clinton; apparently Mister Ahead-12-Percent-in-the- Polls doesn’t realize how big EW is in California.


Q: Who should play you in the movie of Campaign ’96?
A: Gary Sinise. Since he portrayed Harry Truman in the HBO movie Truman, he has experience in portraying common sense Midwesterners who tell it like it is and who come from behind to win an upset victory.

Who would stand a better chance of battling the aliens from Independence Day — Democrats or Republicans? Why?
Republicans. The Clinton White House would just see them as another source of campaign contributions.

Popcorn or Twizzlers?
Popcorn (made from Kansas corn, of course).

Which comedian does the best impression of you?
Dan Aykroyd.

Favorite type of music?

What’s your favorite movie?
Chariots of Fire.

Do you watch It’s a Wonderful Life at Christmas?

Who was the best movie President of all time?
Nobody was better at being President — whether in the movies or in real life — than Ronald Reagan.

Favorite member of the cast of NBC’s sitcom Friends?
Monica [Courteney Cox] — even though she broke up with Tom Selleck, I’m taking the chance she adheres to his Republican beliefs. And since Monica is having problems finding a job, she would benefit the most from money she should receive through my 15 percent tax cut.

Do you know how to do the Macarena?
In fact, that’s what I was trying to do when I fell off the stage in Chico, Calif.

If stranded on a desert island, what CD would you take with you?
I’d take Elizabeth. She’s music to my ears.


Even though his campaign team chose not to respond to our survey, the Prez has made some preferences known. The White House screening room has been unspooling films nonstop — Broken Arrow and Independence Day both got a thumbs up. He’s told many a reporter that Gary Cooper’s High Noon is among his favorite flicks. His weakness for Barbra Streisand and fellow sax player Kenny G has been well documented, but this year First Daughter Chelsea Clinton introduced him to Alanis Morissette. And it’s no state secret that Clinton is a big Conan O’Brien fan; Clinton even reportedly sent him a letter. Still no word yet on his fave Friend — though we’d bet the budget on Jennifer Aniston.