Elizabeth Dole wants arts endowment funds eliminated
October 3, 1999
Web posted at: 12:55 p.m. EDT (1655 GMT)
SALISBURY, Massachusetts (CNN) -- A controversial New York
art exhibit prompted Republican presidential candidate
Elizabeth Dole to say Sunday that she believes funding for
the National Endowment for the Arts should be eliminated.
Speaking on Fox News, Dole called the "Sensation" exhibit
that opened Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum of Art "very
The exhibit, which opened to capacity crowds, includes a
dissected cow and pig, castrated male dummies and a painting
of "The Holy Virgin Mary" painted with elephant dung. The
museum receives public funding.
"I think that the funding should be phased down," Dole said.
"No question there should be very strong guidelines. There's
supposed to be guidelines now. But certainly we need to
enforce strong guidelines, and phase down that funding for
Asked if she believed that funding for the agency should be
eliminated, Dole said, "Yes, yes, phase down and out."