Bob Dole, Longtime GOP Senate Leader, Dies At 98

Headline Roundup December 5th, 2021

Robert Joseph Dole, a longtime Senate Republican leader and the party's presidential nominee in 1996, has died. He was 98.

Dole announced in February that he was battling Stage 4 lung cancer. The Elizabeth Dole Foundation confirmed that he passed away in his sleep Sunday. Dole was best known as the Republican nominee for president in 1996, when he lost by a significant margin against incumbent Democratic President Bill Clinton. He served in a combat division in Italy during World War II, where he suffered an almost-fatal injury while carrying a fellow soldier to safety. He spent 39 months recovering inside military hospitals, which encouraged him to pursue a law degree and subsequently a political career. Dole was the longest-serving Republican leader in the Senate until Minority Leader Mitch McConnell surpassed his record in 2018.

Dole's death was prominently covered across the spectrum Sunday. Most outlets lauded Dole as "one of the most durable political figures" of the last century. Left-rated outlets were more likely to emphasize that Dole was "one of the key Republicans to say plainly after the 2020 election that Biden had won," while others noted that "some saw Dole as his own worst enemy." Some right-rated outlets said Dole "supported President Donald Trump — not uncritically" and that his trepidations about Clinton were later "vindicated by the sexual scandal" that led to his impeachment.

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Bob Dole, a longtime Senate Republican leader and the party's presidential nominee in 1996, died Sunday at age 98.

Dole's death was confirmed in a tweet by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.

"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."

Dole was in many ways the embodiment of the World War II generation in Congress. He had served in a combat division in Italy and...

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Bob Dole, the World War II veteran who recovered from near-fatal wounds to become the U.S. Senate Republican leader and a three-time presidential candidate, has died. He was 98.

Dole died Sunday morning in his sleep, according to a Twitter post by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. He disclosed in February that he had stage-four lung cancer.

Dole’s loss to Democrat Bill Clinton in the 1996 presidential election ended a political career that spanned more than four decades and took him from the legislature in Kansas to the innermost circles of power in...

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Bob Dole, the one-time Kansas basketball player who went on to become a war hero and then the Republican leader in the Senate and his party’s nominee for president of the United States, died at the age of 98, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and his family said Sunday.

Mr. Dole, who in February announced he was battling Stage 4 lung cancer, had been ailing for some time, but his longevity and accomplished career were near miracles given the grievous wounds he suffered on a northern Italian hillside in April 1945.

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