Robert J. Dole, the World War II veteran who recovered from near-deadly wounds to become the United States Senate GOP leader and a three-time presidential nominee, died 98. According to a Twitter post from the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, he died Sunday morning in his sleep. Previously, in February, Dole disclosed that he had stage-four lung cancer.
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Joe Biden, the President of the United States, recalled the former senator as a friend from the rival party and the U.S. statesman like few in the country’s history who advocated legislation for American nationals with disabilities and a countrywide holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. The president stated that he had an absolute sense of honor and integrity. He also announced to lower the U.S. Capitol flags to half-staff in his honor until 9th December.
Former senator’s defeat to Democratic former President Bill Clinton in the U.S. presidential election of 1996 ended a political career covering over four decades. It took him from the legislature in Kansas to the deepest circles of power in Washington. Furthermore, Dole arose on the national stage as Hatchet Man of Richard Nixon, resolutely defending the president through the initial stages of Watergate.
Later he evolved into a skilled legislative dealmaker and softened his public image as half of one of the first celebrated Power Couples of Washington after Ronald Reagan appointed his wife, Elizabeth, as the United States Transportation Secretary. He was the only Republican presidential candidate to endorse Trump in the 2016 presidential election.
The South Dakota Democrat, Tom Daschle, who faced off with Republican Dole when they led their parties in the Senate, said in a two thousand tribute that the sense of decency and fairness of Dole is a standard for which everybody in public life should aim. Yet, Dole faced difficulties translating his verified skill at the inside game of Washington into success on the national political stage. Furthermore, in 1980, Dole lost bids for the Republican presidential nomination to Reagan, and in 1988, to George H.W. Bush.