Electoralism/Democratism

Bob Dole, former senator and presidential candidate, dead at 98

I actually voted for him in the 1988 Republican primary.  I wasn’t so much a fan as much as I wanted to vote against Reagan’s VP, George H W Bush, and against Rev. Pat Robertson, who seemed to be crazy and would have his hands on America’s nuclear arsenal. It was the only time I ever voted for a Republican.

By Grayson Quay The Week

Bob Dole, who served for 25 years in the Senate and was the Republican Party’s 1996 nominee for president, died early Sunday morning in his sleep at the age of 98, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation announced.

The announcement did not mention a cause of death, but Dole announced in February that he had begun treatment for Stage IV lung cancer.

Dole served in the Army during World War II and was wounded while trying to drag a fallen comrade to safety. He spent months recovering and never regained the use of his right arm. According to his New York Times obituary, Dole “couldn’t shake hands” and “would clutch a pen in his fist to discourage people from trying.”

Over a long career as a senator from Kentucky, he helped pass legislation including the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Dole retired from politics following his defeat in the 1996 presidential election. As a retiree, he raised money for the World War II Memorial and met with veterans.

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