Bipartisan tributes flood in for “giant of the Senate” Bob Dole

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Republican and Democratic politicians, including former Senate aides, are sharing condolences and memories of the life of Bob Dole, who died at 98 on Sunday morning.

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big picture: Dole, the Republican presidential nominee in 1996, was the longest-serving Republican leader in the Senate until 2018, when current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell surpassed his record,

What ex-colleagues are saying: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) Remembered that That Dole had taken him “under his wing” when he first arrived in the Senate, calling the former senator his “best friend and adviser”.

  • Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Called Dole is a “veteran of the Senate”, adding that his memories of working with him are some of his favorites in the Senate.
  • “Bob Dooley served his country with courage on the battlefield and with dignity in the Senate. Jane and I send our condolences to his family,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) tweeted,
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What other sitting and former MLAs are saying: Former Vice President Mike Pence said, “Senator Bob Dole was a truly great man who lived an extraordinary life of service to America and he will be greatly missed by all of us who had the privilege of knowing him.” tweeted,

  • “When I think of the greatest generation, I think of Senator Bob Dole—a man who dedicated his life to serving our country. Rest in Peace, my friend,” Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) wrote on twitter,
  • “Senator Bob Dole has left behind an incredible legacy of love and service to the nation. God bless his wife Elizabeth and the entire Dole family as our nation mourns the loss of a true American hero,” Representative Greg Murphy tweeted,
  • “Today I join all Americans in mourning the passing of Senator Bob Dole—a heroic WWII veteran, committed politician, and passionate advocate for people with disabilities,” Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) wrote on twitter,

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