Former Presidential Candidate: US Republican Dole has died

Status: 05.12.2021 7:49 p.m.

For decades he helped shape politics in Washington – as a member of parliament, senator and presidential candidate. Now Clinton challenger Bob Dole has died at the age of 98.

Former US Senator and former Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole has died at the age of 98. He fell asleep peacefully on Sunday morning, said the foundation of his wife Elizabeth. For 79 years he served the United States faithfully, the foundation said.

Active as a politician since 1960

Dole was considered a US war hero, he had suffered several serious wounds during World War II. His political career began in 1960 as a member of parliament. A few years later, the lawyer was elected to the US Senate for his home state of Kansas. There he was leader of the Republican parliamentary group for many years. In the 1976 election he ran as Gerald Ford’s runner-up candidate, but the Democrat Jimmy Carter prevailed in the vote.

Together with the Republican minority leader in the House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich, he tried successfully from 1993 to prevent the policies of the new Democratic President Bill Clinton. The Republican opposition also fell victim to the health care reform that Clinton was seeking. From 1995 to mid-1996, Dole was the Senate majority leader – and was now able to slow down Clinton’s policies much more effectively.

Withdrawal from politics after losing to Clinton

In the 1996 presidential election, Dole finally ran as a Republican candidate against the then incumbent Democrat Bill Clinton, who was able to secure a second term. After that, Dole withdrew from politics.

Bob Dole and Bill Clinton at a World War II memorial in Washington in 2000

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As a senator for his home state of Kansas, Dole shaped tax policy, foreign policy, agriculture and food programs, and the rights of the disabled. He was instrumental in establishing protection against discrimination in the fields of employment, education and public services. He dedicated his later years to the wounded veterans, their fallen comrades, and the memory of the generation of soldiers of World War II.

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