Bob Dole, Senate giant and 1996 Republican presidential candidate, dies

By Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN

Bob Dole, a hopeful Republican and president who espoused a brand of conservatism or, simply put, was one of Washington’s most famous political figures during the second half of the century. 20, passed away on Sunday.

“Senator Robert Joseph Dole passed away early this morning in his sleep. On his death, at the age of 98, he faithfully served the United States of America for 79 years,” according to a statement from his family.

He stated in February that He is being treated for terminal lung cancer. President Joe Biden visited Dole for a short time after the diagnosis is made.

Dole, who was badly wounded during the Second World War, had suffered a series of illnesses in the previous years. In 1991, he had surgery for prostate cancer, surgery for an abdominal aortic aneurysm in 2001, was hospitalized in 2005 after a fall at home, and was treated for a leg infection in 2009.

Dole is survived by his wife, former Senator Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina, and daughter Robin Dole.

Arriving in Washington at the dawn of the Kennedy administration, Dole would serve for 27 years as a U.S. senator from Kansas, including two terms as majority leader in the Senate, although he may be best known for his unsuccessful run as the Republican presidential candidate against Bill Clinton in 1996, his third attempt at the White House. He also served as executive partner to President Gerald Ford in 1976 after Nelson Rockefeller refused to continue as vice president.

Early in his career in the Senate, he was labeled a “man” by critics and attracted national attention for vehemently defending President Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal. He considered Nixon a friend and mentor – Nixon later eulogized at his funeral in 1994 as “the most enduring public figure of our time”. In a notable difference from his sour public image, he choked up at the end of my comment.

But in assuming the GOP leadership role in the Senate, Dole’s reputation has been as a smart legislator and a tough negotiator willing to work across the board with Democrats on issues like Social Security reform, the Americans with Disabilities Act and landmark legislation.

“By all rights, he and I should have had a terrible relationship,” said former Democratic Sen. Tom Daschle, who served as the Senate’s top Democrat during his second term. of Dole as majority leader, said in a speech in 2000. “The fact that we are not by Bob Dole – for his politeness, his pragmatism, his quick wit and smug humour, and his love for this country. and the United States Senate. His sense of fairness and decency is a standard that everyone in public life should aspire to.”

In his book “What Happened” about the 1988 election, journalist Richard Ben Cramer described Dole as a Senate leader who was always available with a joke and a hello and “never the point of time.” happier, more peaceful now than when I was younger. now, when a deal is going down and he’s waiting for someone to crack it, while he drinks milkshakes and tells old stories in the Senate dining room.”

A hopeful three-time president

In 1996, he resign from the Senate as the chamber’s longest-serving GOP leader then focused on running for the White House, saying it was “the White House or the house.” He entered the race as runner-up and took an early challenge from his right from Pat Buchanan to secure the nomination, then picked former congressman and supply side economic champion Jack Kemp as his running mate.

But he easily lost the election to incumbent President Bill Clinton, who at the time was driving a strong economy and creating a contrast between his image as Baby Boomer and Dole 73 age, who is described as old and out of touch.

This was Dole’s last bid for the White House. His first, in 1980, drew little traction, but his second, in 1988, initially provided a strong challenge to eventual candidate George H.W. Bush after Dole won the Iowa caucuses. The race between the two men eventually soured, culminating in an endorsement Dole telling Bush in a live TV moment the night he lost the New Hampshire primary, “Don’t say it.” lie about my records.”

The rivalry between the two men will fade over time; in 2018, when Bush set foot in the state at the Capitol Rotunda, Dole was helped to get up from her wheelchair to greet one’s one-time rival.

Although he has never won an election as president or vice president, Dole’s long career on the national stage and as leader of the Republican party is evident in his career. a piece of party history: 14 GOP presidential tickets from 1952 to 2004 (all but 1964) including Dole, Richard Nixon, George HW Bush or George W. Bush.

Dole also had a remarkably warm personal relationship with Clinton, who told the audience during their first presidential debate, “You could say we like each other.”

A few months after his defeat to Clinton, Dole will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom for serving in World War II and Congress from a former rival and displaying his sense of humour.

“I, Robert J. Dole, solemnly swear…” he quipped during the ceremony, pretending to be sworn in. “Sorry, wrong statement. But I had a dream that I would be here this week, getting something from the president, but I thought it would be the front door key.”

Clinton and Dole later co-chaired a scholarship fund that initially raised more than $100 million for the families of those killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks and later collaborated on a CBS News weekly debate ’60 Minutes’.

He also shows off his joking skills when he appeared on “Saturday Night Live” in 1996 after his loss along with Norm MacDonald, who mercilessly stoned him during the election.

As he told NBC in 2005, it takes humor in Washington to “break the tension sometimes, and you can do that just – without offending anyone”.

War hero and legislator

Dole was born on July 22, 1923 in the small town of Russell, Kansas, and grew up during the Great Depression years. At the age of 19, while a student-athlete at the University of Kansas studying to become a doctor, Dole enlisted in the Army in 1942 after the United States entered World War II and was called up in 2009. he later wrote in his memoirs “A Soldier’s Story.” Sent to fight in Italy in 1945, Dole was seriously injured while trying to carry a soldier to safety. He spent 39 grueling months in and out of the hospital, recovering from near-fatal injuries that left his right arm permanently disabled and his left arm barely functional. move again. Dole received a Purple Heart twice and two Bronze Stars with a cluster of oak leaves for her service in World War II.

His injuries changed the trajectory of his life, leading him to pursue a law degree and a career in politics. He served one term in the Kansas House of Representatives and then for eight years as a Russell County prosecutor. Dole was elected to the United States House of Representatives to represent Kansas in Washington in 1960, serving four terms before he was elected to the United States Senate in 1968.

In addition to her career in Washington, Dole has campaigned for the nation’s veterans throughout her career, including serving as co-chair of a 2007 presidential commission investigating Walter Medical Center. Reed. After leaving office, he served as the National President of the Second World War Memorial Campaign, helping to raise millions of dollars to build the first memorial dedicated to all World War veterans. II. In his ’90s – as one of the oldest and most prominent members of the Greatest Generation – he spent Saturdays greeting his fellow veterans as they visited the memorial in Washington after it opened to the public in 2004.

In January 2018, Dole became the eighth U.S. senator to receive the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor bestowed by Congress. Dole is the only former Republican candidate to endorse Donald Trump’s candidacy in the 2016 election, and Trump recognized his service to his country at the medal ceremony.

“When they hear[Dole’s]story, they really learn what it means to be a great American,” Trump said at the medal ceremony. “Bob, that’s the legacy you left for our country and it will outlast all of us.”

Dole is one of the key members of the Republican Party saying that obviously after the 2020 election which Biden won. In a July 2021 interview with USA Today, Dole said that although he remains “a Trumper,” he has “removed Trump.”

This story has been updated with additional information.

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Aaron Pellish, Ashley Billings, Phil Gast, Chandelis Duster, Jeff Zeleny and Sarah Fortinsky of CNN contributed to this report.

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