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Dole was also a key figure behind building a memorial in honor of Americans who served in World War II at Washington’s National Mall, now a popular tourist stop.

President Joe Biden fondly recalled his visit to Dole in February at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C., where he lived.

Bob Dole and his wife Elizabeth wave from the podium on the floor at the Republican National Convention in San Diego in 1996.

Bob Dole and his wife Elizabeth wave from the podium on the floor at the Republican National Convention in San Diego in 1996. Credit:AP

“We continued right where we left off, as if it was only yesterday that we shared a laugh in the Senate dining room or discussed the day’s big issues, often against each other, in the Senate,” Biden said in a statement.

“Although we often disagreed, he never hesitated to work with me or other Democrats when it mattered most,” Biden said in a statement, a contrast to today’s bitter bias that has made it difficult for the major parties to cooperate. on legislation.

Former President Donald Trump called Dole “an American war hero.”

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Dole, who described himself as “a Trump” in support of the former president, expressed impatience in July with Trump’s ongoing claim that the 2020 election had been stolen from him due to massive voter fraud – a claim that has been rejected of multiple court challenges and Trump’s own Justice Department.

“He lost the election and I regret that he did,” Dole said USA Today’s Susan Page. “I’m kind of trumped,” he added.

“When I think of the greatest generation, I think of Senator Bob Dole – a man who dedicated his life to serving our country. Rest in peace, my friend,” Senator Mitt Romney, a former Republican presidential candidate, wrote on Twitter.

American flags were ordered to be flown at half-mast in the White House, the US Capitol and other federal buildings.

“To those who think I’m too combative, I say that if I’m combative, it’s out of love for the country,” Dole said in his speech in which he accepted his party’s presidential candidate in 1996. “… And “To those who believe that I live and breathe compromise, I say that in politics, honorable compromise is not a sin. It is what protects us from absolutism and intolerance.”

On Capitol Hill, Dole was a pragmatic conservative and an effective lawmaker who liked Democrats as well as Republicans for his ability to build coalitions and pass widely acceptable laws. He was the majority leader of the Senate from 1985 to 1987 and then again from 1995 to 1996, and was the minority leader of the Senate from 1987 to 1995.

Dole gained a reputation for occasionally beating rivals and took on the role of “hatchet man” as Ford’s deputy comrade in 1976.

In a debate with Mondale in 1976, Dole declared, “If we put together those killed and wounded in the wars of the Democrats in this century, that would be about 1.6 million Americans, enough to fill the city of Detroit.” In an attempt to get back from that statement, Dole displayed a glimmer of humor and said, “They told me I should go for the neck, so I did – mine.”

Reuters

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