Response to the death of Bob Dole by US dignitaries and veterans

US dignitaries and military veterans mourn former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, a World War II veteran and former Republican presidential candidate who served in Congress for 36 years. According to his wife Elizabeth, Dole, who had stage 4 lung cancer, died on Sunday at the age of 98.

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“Bob was an American statesman like few in our history. War hero and one of the greatest representatives of the greatest generation. And to me, he was also a friend to whom I could turn for reliable advice or a humorous remark at the right time to calm my shattered nerves. I will miss my friend. But I’m grateful for the time we spent together and for the friendship Jill and I and our family have built with Liddy and the entire Dole family. … He had an unmistakable sense of honesty and honor. God bless him, and may our nation forever benefit from his legacy of decency, dignity, good humor and patriotism. ” – President Joe Biden, who served with Dole in the Senate.

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“Laura and I are saddened by the passing of the great patriot, Senator Bob Dole. This good man personified the highest American values. He protected them in uniform during World War II. He put them forward in the United States Senate. And he lived them as a father, husband and friend. This friendship has benefited our entire family, including my father. I will always remember Bob’s greeting to my late father at the Capitol, and now we, the Bushes, welcome Bob and thank him for his life and principled service. ” – Former President George W. Bush, speaking of Dole’s tribute to former President George W. Bush.

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“Senator Bob Dole was a war hero, political leader and statesman – with a career and demeanor dating back to the days when the greatest generation followed a certain code, placing the country above the party. We’re thinking about Elizabeth and the Doles family. ” – Former President Barack Obama.

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“Bob Dole has dedicated his entire life to serving the American people, from heroism in World War II to 35 years in Congress. After everything he gave in the war, he didn’t have to give more. But he did it. His example should inspire people today and for future generations. ” – Former President Bill Clinton.

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“Whatever their politics, anyone who saw Bob Dole in action should have admired his character and his deep patriotism. Those of us lucky enough to know Bob admired him even more. A bright light of patriotic sentiment burned throughout his youthful combat heroics Bob throughout his career in Washington DC over the years. He continued to shine brightly without dim light until his last days. Bob Dole lived a full, rich, and deeply venerable American life that cannot be fully conveyed today. ” – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kai.

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“America has lost a prominent statesman and tireless veteran defender. Bob Dole excelled in combat long before he became one of the most respected voices in Congress. His leadership and determination led to the construction and consecration of the World War II National Memorial. America became a better country as a result of the service of this great patriot. The American Legion proudly presented Senator Dole with our organization’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal in 1997. Our condolences to his wife Elizabeth, his family and many friends. ” – National Commander of the American Legion Paul E. Dillard.

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“Bob Dole was the giant of the Senate. I remember a large number of Republican and Democratic senators gathered in the hall to praise him when he stepped down from the Senate. Traveling with him, working with him and writing laws with him is one of my fondest memories of the Senate. ” – Senator Patrick Leahy, Vice President and longest-serving Senator.

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“Senator Bob Dole will be remembered as a true American hero and exemplary statesman – a man who chose the right one instead of the convenient one. Whether on the battlefield, in the halls of Congress, or in everyday life, Senator Dole’s passion and dedication to his fellows in Kanzan and his country has been a constant reminder that one person can make a difference and change the world. … In the United States Senate Hall, I use Senator Dole’s desk, and I am regularly reminded of his tireless commitment to Kansas values, being above all a statesman who treated others with respect and kindness. ” – Senator Jerry Moran, R-Kan.

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“Over the past few years, I’ve been fortunate enough to spend a few Saturdays a year with Senator Dole. He made it his mission to welcome other WWII veterans to Washington, D.C. as they came to visit the WWII Memorial, a memorial that Senator Dole helped bring to life. When Rhode Island veterans flew to Washington on Honor flights, one of their highlights was meeting Senator Dole. He was here to show respect and deference to others, and it was truly a privilege for me to be by his side and see the veterans and guardians alike ignite and communicate with him. Senator Dole was a great listener and storyteller at the same time, and he always made sure our veterans knew this was their monument. He belongs to them. ” – Senator Jack Reid, M.D., Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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“Senator Dole was to many: a war hero, a father, a husband, a civil servant; and Kansas, a man who embodied everything good and worthy that is in Kansas and America. … He has been more visible in our country’s politics and has demonstrated the decency, humility and courtesy that should serve as a model for those of us who participate in public life. ” – Governor Laura Kelly, D-Kan.

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“As a civil servant, private citizen and a true patriot, Senator Bob Dole has demonstrated a complete commitment to the American experiment and its deepest ideals, responding to the call for freedom at every turn. A fighting hero, disability advocate, Kansas-based congressional leader and presidential candidate, Dole has served the country for 79 years. He has lived a life of heroism and humor, courage and consequence, leadership and legacy that every American should strive for. ” – House of Representatives Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Republic of California.

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“His track record as the second longest tenure as Republican leader in Senate history demonstrates the respect he has earned from his side of the pass. But it was his willingness – in fact, his commitment – to walk the aisle that led to such landmark achievements as bailing out social security, strengthening America’s hunger and nutrition programs, and reforming the tax code to better reward hard work and investment. Senator Dole’s bipartisan spirit is an important part of his enduring leadership legacy. ” – Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine.

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“Bob Dole was a soldier, legislator and statesman. He always stood for what was just and right. It was an honor for me to present him with the Gold Medal of the Congress, and I will always be grateful for his service to our country. ” – Former House Speaker Paul Ryan, Rhode Wisconsin.

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