U.S. Senate leader and former presidential candidate Bob Dole dies at 98

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Bob Dole, who became a symbol and celebration of a dwindling generation of World War II veterans from Kansas, a sharp-witted US Senate leader from Kansas overcoming the wounds of war, a Republican presidential candidate, has died Gaya. He was 98 years old.

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His wife, Elizabeth Dole, posted the announcement on Twitter on Sunday.

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Dole announced in February 2021 that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. During his 36-year career on Capitol Hill, Dole became one of the most influential legislators and party leaders in the Senate, combining a talent for compromise with a caustic wit, which he often turned to himself but others. Didn’t hesitate to turn on, too.

They shaped tax policy, foreign policy, agricultural and nutrition programs and the rights of the disabled, the Americans with Disabilities Act providing protection against discrimination in employment, education, and public services.

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Today’s accessible government offices and national parks, sidewalk ramps and sign language interpreters at official local events are some of the more visible hallmarks of his legacy and fellow lawmakers rounded up for that sweeping civil rights legislation 30 years ago.

Dole devoted his later years to the memory of wounded veterans, their fallen comrades at Arlington National Cemetery, and a fading generation of World War II veterinarians.

Thousands of veterans massed on the National Mall in 2004, which Dole called “our final reunion” while speaking at the dedication of the World War II memorial. He has been a driving force in its creation. “Our ranks have dropped,” he said then. “Yet if we gather at twilight it is illuminated by the knowledge that we have placed faith with our companions.”

Long moved away from Kansas, Dole made his living in the capital, at the center of power, and then in his shadow upon his retirement, all the while living in the storied Watergate complex. When he left politics and joined a law firm staffed by prominent Democrats, he joked that he brought his dog to work so he had another Republican to talk to.

He tried three times to become president. The last time was in 1996, when he won the Republican nomination only to have President Bill Clinton re-elected. He sought his party’s presidential nomination in 1980 and 1988 and was the 1976 GOP vice presidential nominee on the losing ticket with President Gerald Ford.

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