One of the most prolific names in the GOP has passed away.
Former Senator Bob Dole died this weekend.
Dole was 98 years old.
Bob Dole served this country from the time he was able to vote.
Dole joined the Army in 1942 to fight in World War II.
He entered the service as a Lieutenant in the 10th Mountain Division.
In 1945, Dole was seriously wounded by German artillery fire, shattering part of his spine and collar bone.
When Dole was initially hit, he thought parts of his body had been blown completely off, unable to move.
Dole expected to die from his wounds, but he somehow recovered, eventually discharged from the Army as a Captain.
He would later be given the honorary rank of Colonel.
In 1950, Dole moved to the political arena, where he would serve in office until 1996.
Dole first served in the Kansas House, then the House of Representatives in 1960, eventually moving to the Senate in 1969.
He led several unsuccessful campaigns for the presidency, never able to break through against more prominent names at the time.
He finally broke through in 1996, facing off against Bill Clinton.
Dole was defeated in an election some thought he would have won were it not for Ross Perot.
Perot won a pitiful 8.4 percent of the vote, but that was almost the exact margin that Dole lost to Clinton, making many wonder if Perot cost Republicans and Dole the presidency.
Former President Bush commented on his career and death, stating, “He defended them in uniform during World War II.
“He advanced them in the United States Senate. And he lived them out as a father, husband, and friend. Our entire family benefited from that friendship, including my father.
“I will always remember Bob’s salute to my late dad at the Capitol, and now we Bushes salute Bob and give thanks for his life of principled service. Laura and I send our heartfelt condolences to Elizabeth and join our fellow citizens in prayer for her comfort.”
The accolades and condolences came in from both Democrats and Republicans, as he was someone that was both loved and respected on both sides of the aisle.
Rest in peace, Mr. Dole, and thank you for your service.
Source: Fox News