Tributes poured in Sunday for Bob Dole after the World War II veteran and one-time Republican nominee for president passed away at the age of 98.
“When I think of the greatest generation, I think of Senator Bob Dole — a man who dedicated his life to serving our country,” Dole’s fellow former GOP presidential pick Mitt Romney shared on Twitter.
“Senator Bob Dole was a truly great man who lived an extraordinary life of service to America and he will be deeply missed by all of us who had the privilege to know him,” tweeted former Vice President Mike Pence. “His courageous service in World War II, his heroic recovery, his service in the House and in the Senate where he served as Majority Leader and his service on two national tickets, including as Republican nominee for President in 1996 were all driven by a love of country and patriotism synonymous with the Greatest Generation.”
Cindy McCain, whose husband John McCain was a close collaborator of Dole’s, called him “the last of the lions of the senate.”
In addition to his service in elected office, Dole was remembered for his advocacy for people with disabilities, and the role he played as a bipartisan consensus-builder.
“Bob Dole helped create a world that allowed people like me to live,” Independent columnist Eric Michael Garcia, who has autism and writes about disability rights, shared.
Still others remembered Dole’s tribute to President George H.W. Bush after the former president’s death in 2018. The then 95-year-old Dole poignantly stood with the help of an aide to give Bush, another WWII veteran, a proper military salute.
“Barbara & I are sad to hear of passing of war hero/Senate Majority Ldr /presidential nominee Bob Dole,” tweeted Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). “He was a dedicated public servant + kind + funny + hard worker + a true patriot.”
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