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Bob Dole, Ex-GOP Lawmaker and Presidential Candidate, Dies at 98

HeadlineDec 06, 2021

Former senator and Republican presidential contender Bob Dole has died at the age of 98 after a struggle with lung cancer. Dole served four terms in the House of Representatives before Kansas voters sent him to the Senate in 1969. He served three years as Senate majority leader before resigning in 1996 to unsuccessfully challenge then-President Bill Clinton’s reelection. In April of 1990, Dole led a congressional delegation to visit Saddam Hussein in Baghdad. Later that year, Iraq invaded Kuwait. Dole would go on to support both the 1991 U.S.-led assault on Iraq and the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. Dole attended the 2016 Republican National Convention, telling USA Today, “I’m a Trumper.” He also supported Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign. President Biden called him a friend and ordered flags to be flown at half-staff through Thursday in honor of Bob Dole.

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