87 Facts About Bob Dole

1. In 2014, Bob Dole was inducted into Indiana Wesleyan University's Society of World Changers for her humanitarian public service efforts.

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2. In 1995, Bob Dole was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

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3. Bob Dole is an Honorary Board Member of the humanitarian organization Wings of Hope.

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4. Bob Dole accepted no salary from the Red Cross during her first year as president of the organization.

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5. Bob Dole commissioned the RAND Corporation to develop the first nationwide comprehensive, evidence-based report on the needs of military and veteran caregivers.

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6. In September 2008, Bob Dole joined the Gang of 20, a bipartisan group working towards comprehensive energy reform.

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7. Bob Dole was criticized by Democrats during her first Senate campaign over the fact that for over 40 years prior to her nomination, she had not lived in North Carolina.

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8. In late December 2001, Bob Dole shifted her official residency from the Doles' condominium in the Watergate complex to her mother's home in Salisbury to seek election to the US Senate.

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9. In 1991, Bob Dole became the president of the American Red Cross.

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10. Bob Dole attended Duke University and graduated with distinction in Political Science, on June 2, 1958.

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11. Bob Dole serves as a spokesman for men's health issues including prostate exams and impotence.

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12. Bob Dole got the award because he was a man of the Congress and a legislator and therefore getting the distinction was crucial, according to Loomis.

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13. Bob Dole was as a political commentator for Daily Show in 2000.

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14. Bob Dole served in the Congress for 35 years and is known for his sense of humor.

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15. President Trump had something to say about Bob Dole, praising his political legacy.

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16. Bob Dole was grateful for the honor and thanked the Senate for presenting it to him.

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17. Bob Dole participated in the trials of the drugs and described them as "great drugs.

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18. Bob Dole graduated from Russell High School in 1941 and proceeded to University of Kansas.

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19. Bob Dole started representing Kansas in the Congress in 1961 and retired in 1996.

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20. Bob Dole lobbied his former colleagues from his hospital bed, trying to get them to vote for the Convention of Persons with Disabilities legislation.

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21. Bob Dole served in the Senate until 1996, winning re-elections in 1974, 1980, 1986 and 1992.

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22. Bob Dole became an advocate for Nixon against Democratic criticisms, and the Nixon administration took notice.

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23. Bob Dole was elected senator the same year that Richard Nixon was elected president: 1968.

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24. Bob Dole had one brother, Kenny, and two sisters, Gloria and Norma Jean.

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25. On September 13, 2017, Bob Dole was hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for low blood pressure.

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26. Bob Dole was released from the hospital in November 2010.

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27. Bob Dole spent ten months at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, recovering from the surgery, and experienced three bouts with pneumonia.

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28. Bob Dole had attended every GOP convention since 1964, and did not consider skipping the 2016 edition even though Trump's politics were closer to that of Dole's 1996 primary rival Pat Buchanan.

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29. Bob Dole endorsed Donald Trump after the latter clinched the Republican nomination, and Dole was the lone former Republican presidential nominee to attend the 2016 Republican National Convention.

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30. In early 2014 Bob Dole began a reunion tour of his home state of Kansas, in which he sought to visit each of the state's 105 counties.

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31. Bob Dole has cited the association made between himself and Gingrich as fellow Congressional leaders in Democratic advertisements as a key factor for his 1996 presidential defeat.

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32. On January 26, 2012, Bob Dole issued a letter critical of Newt Gingrich, focusing on Dole and Gingrich's time working together on Capitol Hill.

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33. Bob Dole served as a director for the Asia Universal Bank, a bank domiciled in Kyrgyzstan during the discredited Bakiyev presidential regime which was shut down owing to its involvement in money laundering.

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34. On September 18, 2004, Bob Dole offered the inaugural lecture to dedicate the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, during which he chronicled his life as a public servant and discussed the importance of public service in terms of defense, civil rights, the economy, and in daily life.

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35. In 2004, on the Larry King show, Bob Dole had a heated exchange with Democratic presidential primary candidate Wesley Clark in which Dole correctly predicted that Clark would lose the New Hampshire primary and other primaries.

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36. Bob Dole has written several books, including one on jokes told by the Presidents of the United States, in which he ranks the presidents according to their level of humor.

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37. Bob Dole made a cameo appearance on Saturday Night Live, parodying himself in November 1996.

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38. Bob Dole has engaged in a career of writing, consulting, public speaking, and television appearances.

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39. Bob Dole lost, as pundits had long expected, to incumbent President Bill Clinton in the 1996 election.

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40. Bob Dole found himself criticized from both the left and the right within the Republican Party over the convention platform, one of the major issues being the inclusion of the Human Life Amendment.

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41. Bob Dole was going to risk it all for the White House.

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42. On June 11, 1996, Bob Dole resigned his seat to focus on the campaign, saying he had "nowhere to go but the White House or home".

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43. Bob Dole hoped to use his long experience in Senate procedures to maximize publicity from his rare positioning as Senate Majority Leader against an incumbent President but was stymied by Senate Democrats.

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44. Bob Dole was transported to the United States, where his recovery was slow, interrupted by blood clots and a life-threatening infection.

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45. Bob Dole attended the University of Arizona from 1948 to 1949, before transferring to Washburn University and graduating with both undergraduate and law degrees in 1952.

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46. One of Bob Dole's father's customers was the father of his future Senate colleague Arlen Specter.

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47. Bob Dole appeared in numerous commercials and television programs and served on various councils.

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48. Bob Dole resigned from the Senate during the 1996 campaign and did not seek public office again after the election.

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49. Bob Dole was the Republican presidential nominee in the 1996 presidential election and the party's vice presidential nominee in the 1976 presidential election.

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50. Bob Dole attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, May 29, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia.

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51. Bob Dole would survive the mortar, shell or machine gun blast—"whatever it was, I'll never know", he says.

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52. Newt Gingrich and Bob Dole joined forces to create a small group of experienced oversight staff, myself included.

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53. Bob Dole uses New Jersey and its governor, Christine Whitman, as role model for his tax-cutting crusade.

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54. Bob Dole made a reference to "Democrat wars" in a 1976 debate, and Newt Gingrich was a big fan of using it as a snide insult to his foes in the Clinton.

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55. On September 13, 2017, Bob Dole was hospitalized at Walter Reed for low blood pressure.

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56. In February 2010, Bob Dole was hospitalized for pneumonia after undergoing knee surgery.

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57. In 2009, Bob Dole was hospitalized for an elevated heart rate and sore legs for which he underwent a successful skin-graft procedure.

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58. Bob Dole spent 40 days at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and upon release, his stronger arm, the left, was of limited use.

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59. Bob Dole often refers to himself in the third person in conversation.

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60. In 1975, Bob Dole was elevated to the 33rd degree of the Scottish Rite.

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61. Bob Dole is a Freemason and a member of Russell Lodge No 177, Russell, Kansas.

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62. Bob Dole met his second wife, Elizabeth, 13 years younger, in 1972.

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63. Bob Dole married Phyllis Holden, an occupational therapist at a veterans hospital, in Battle Creek, Michigan, in 1948, three months after they met.

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64. On January 17, 2018, Bob Dole was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his service to the nation as a "soldier, legislator and statesman.

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65. In October 2001, Bob Dole received the Gold Good Citizenship award from the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

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66. On January 17, 1997, Senator Bob Dole was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton for his service in the military and his political career.

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67. In January 2018, Bob Dole was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his service to the nation as a "soldier, legislator and statesman.

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68. In February 2016 Bob Dole donated $20,000 to help pay for a camp for children with cancer in central Kansas.

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69. In 2015, Bob Dole endorsed former Florida governor Jeb Bush in his presidential campaign.

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70. Bob Dole endorsed and campaigned for incumbent Kansas Senator Pat Roberts during the latter's 2014 re-election bid.

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71. On December 4, 2012, Bob Dole made an appearance on the Senate floor to advocate ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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72. Bob Dole served as national chairman of the World War II Memorial Campaign, which raised funds for the building of the National World War II Memorial.

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73. Bob Dole was, for a short time, a commentator opposite Bill Clinton on CBS's 60 Minutes.

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74. Bob Dole was the first defeated presidential nominee to become a political celebrity.

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75. Bob Dole is the last World War II veteran to have been the presidential nominee of a major party.

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76. Bob Dole was the first sitting Senate Party Leader to receive his party's nomination for president.

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77. Bob Dole was expected to win the nomination against underdog candidates such as the more conservative Senator Phil Gramm of Texas and more moderate Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania.

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78. In particular, as Gingrich and Bob Dole had been seen as potential rivals for the 1996 Presidential nomination, they had a tense working relationship.

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79. At the ceremony, Bob Dole was presented by the VFW with a cigar box, similar to the one he had used to collect donations for his war-related medical expenses, containing $7,000 in campaign donations.

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80. Bob Dole made another attempt in 1988, formally announcing his candidacy in his hometown of Russell, Kansas, on November 9, 1987.

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81. Bob Dole was re-elected in 1974, 1980, 1986, and 1992, before resigning on June 11, 1996, to focus on his Presidential campaign.

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82. Bob Dole was decorated three times, receiving two Purple Hearts for his injuries, and the Bronze Star with "V" Device for valor for his attempt to assist a downed radioman.

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83. Bob Dole recovered from his wounds at the Percy Jones Army Hospital.

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84. While in college, Bob Dole joined the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, and in 1970 was bestowed with the Fraternity's "Man of the Year" honor.

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85. While at KU, Bob Dole played for the basketball team, the track team, and the football team.

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86. Bob Dole had been a star high school athlete in Russell, and Kansas basketball coach Phog Allen traveled to Russell to recruit him to play for the Jayhawks basketball team.

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87. Bob Dole won the Republican nomination in 1996 and selected Jack Kemp as his running mate.

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