Former Sen. Bob Dole dies

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Former Kansas senator leader Bob Dole died Sunday morning at the age of 98, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation announced in a Statement,

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Running news: An eminent figure in American politics and a 1996 Republican presidential candidate, Dole served in the Senate for 27 years, including 11 years as GOP leader. Earlier this year he revealed that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.

What are they saying: “It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Senator Robert Joseph Dole passed away in his sleep this morning,” the statement said.

  • “At the time of his death, aged 98, he had served the United States faithfully for 79 years.”
  • Spokesperson for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the flags would be reduced to half-staff At the Capitol to honor Dole’s passing.

big picture: Dole, a World War II veteran, was the longest-serving Republican leader in the Senate until 2018, when current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell surpassed his record. new York Times,

  • President Biden made a personal visit to Dole last February after his cancer diagnosis, and the White House described Dole as a “close friend” of Biden. AP,
  • Dole spoke about the 2020 election earlier this summer, saying that while he backed Trump, Biden had won fair.
  • During his varied political career, Dole ran for president three times in 1980, 1988 and 1996, when he eventually received the nomination but lost to Bill Clinton. He was the last World War II veteran to win his party’s nomination for the presidency, according to the Times.
  • He was also President Gerald Ford’s vice presidential running mate in 1976.
  • Dole endorsed Donald Trump in 2016 and was the only former Republican presidential candidate to attend a GOP convention that year, the Times wrote.
in pictures
Bob Dole salutes the coffin of the late former President George HW Bush in 2018. Photo: Drew Anger/Getty Images
Former President Obama talks with Dole. Photo: Bill O’Leary / TWP Location: Washington, DC
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi kisses former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole after receiving the Congressional Gold Medal in 2017. Photo: Mark Wilson / Getty Images


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