Bob Dole, a former longtime senator, and the 1996 Republican presidential nominee has died aged 98 just months after being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.
“It is with heavy hearts we announce that Senator Robert Joseph Dole died early this morning in his sleep. At his death, at age 98, he had served the United States of America faithfully for 79 years. More information coming soon,” announced the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.
Dole was born and raised in Russell, Kansas, became state congressman 36 years before resigning from the Senate in 1996 to
run against Bill Clinton.
Dole was also a World War 2 veteran and was gravely wounded in northern Italy in 1945.
Dole left the army as a captain and earned two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars but has permanently lost the use of his right arm because of his injury.
Dole attempted to earn the GOP nomination in 1980 and 1988 and was President Gerald Ford’s vice-presidential running mate in 1976.
In January 2018, Dole was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal and was promoted to colonel in 2019.
Dole is survived by his second wife former U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina and his daughter from his first marriage Robin Dole.
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