Former Sen. Bob Dole, longtime Republican leader, dies at 98

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  • Former US senator and Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole died at 98 a.m. Sunday, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation said.
  • Dole was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer earlier this year.
  • In 1996, he received the GOP nomination for president before eventually losing to Democrat Bill Clinton.

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Former US Senator and Republican presidential candidate Bob Dooley died on Sunday morning The Elizabeth Dole Foundation said:, He was 98 years old.

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Dole was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer earlier this year and said he was starting treatment.

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Senator Robert Joseph Dole passed away in his sleep this morning,” the foundation said on Twitter.

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Dole served as a U.S. Senator for Kansas for nearly 30 years, starting an influential political race. In 1976, he was Gerald Ford’s nominee for vice president, although the pair were defeated by President Jimmy Carter and his running mate Walter Mondale.

He began testing the waters in 1980 for his own presidency. He later received the GOP nomination for the presidency in 1996, losing to President Bill Clinton.

Prior to his political career, Dole served in the military during World War II, during which he was seriously injured. He was temporarily paralyzed from the neck down, and spent years in rehabilitation in a military hospital. Dole regained most of his movement, but his arms never fully recovered.

Tributes poured in after the foundation announced Dole’s death.

“Bob was an American politician like few people in our history,” President Joe Biden said in a statement. “A war hero and among the greatest of a generation. And to me, he was also a friend I could look to for dependable guidance, or a humorous line at the right time to settle bad nerves. The friend will be missed but I am grateful for the time we shared, and I am grateful for the friendship that Jill and I and our family have made with Liddy and the entire Dole family.”

flags will fly in the capitol Half staff in honor of Dole, President Nancy Pelosi’s office said on Sunday.

“Senator Dooley was a war hero, a political leader and a statesman – with a career and demeanor in a day when members of the greatest generation followed a certain code, putting the country above the party. His sharp wit only matched Former President Barack Obama said in a statement, “Her honesty, and she lived her life in a way that made it clear how proud she is to be an American, and to make this country everything she can.” How committed are they to what they knew it could be.

President George W. Bush, whose father was Dole’s Rivals Were Considered Before George HW Bush’s Funeralsaid, Dole “represented the best of American values.”

“He defended him in uniform during World War II. He led him into the United States Senate. And he lived up to him as a father, husband, and friend. Our whole family benefited from that friendship, including my father. Me. I will always remember Bob saluting my late father at the Capitol, and we now wish Bush salute Bob and thank him for his principled service,” Bush said in a statement.

Former President Donald Trump hailed Dole as an “American war hero and true patriot”.

Trump said in a statement, “He served the great state of Kansas with honor and the Republican Party was strengthened by his service. Our nation mourns his passing, and our prayers are with Elizabeth and her wonderful family.” Is.”

Dole was one of the few big Republican politicians to support Trump in 2016. He remained with the 45th president through the 2020 election. However, Dole pointed out USA Today earlier this yearAfter being diagnosed with cancer, he expressed regret that Trump and his allies pushed false claims that the election had been stolen.

“I’m a trumpeter,” he told the newspaper. Then, later in the same interview, he added: “However, I’m Trump out.”

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