Leaders from throughout the political spectrum provided tributes to Bob Dole, the previous Senate majority chief and Republican presidential nominee who died on Sunday, hailing him as a battle hero and statesman who devoted his life to public service.
“Bob Dole was a person to be admired by Individuals,” President Biden mentioned on Twitter. “He had an unerring sense of integrity and honor.”
The president cited Mr. Dole’s “legacy of decency, dignity, good humor, and patriotism.”
Vice President Kamala Harris referred to as Mr. Dole “a battle hero and patriot.”
Senator Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican and minority chief, mentioned in a assertion that Mr. Dole’s “lifetime of service was rooted in a easy mission: looking for his neighbors.”
That path began with serving prospects at a soda fountain in Russell, Kan., and continued by way of his service within the Military’s tenth Mountain Division throughout World Conflict II, and it was capped off by almost 30 years within the Senate and greater than a decade because the Republican chief, he mentioned.
“His Mud Bowl roots fueled a particular dedication to susceptible Individuals, and certain sufficient, Bob’s work on meals safety, veterans’ points, and the rights of disabled Individuals have continued to have an particularly lasting impression,” Mr. McConnell mentioned.
Mike Pence, the previous Republican vp within the Trump administration, mentioned Mr. Dole “lived a unprecedented lifetime of service to America.”
Former President Barack Obama mentioned on Twitter that Mr. Dole’s political management and demeanor harked “again to a day when members of the Biggest Technology abided by a sure code, placing nation over social gathering.”
Former President George W. Bush mentioned of Mr. Dole in a press release: “This good man represented the best of American values.”
“I’ll all the time bear in mind Bob’s salute to my late dad on the Capitol,” Mr. Bush added, referring to his father, former President George H.W. Bush, who died in 2018, “and now we Bushes salute Bob and provides thanks for his lifetime of principled service.”
Former President Invoice Clinton, Mr. Dole’s opponent within the 1996 presidential contest, mentioned on Twitter that Mr. Dole devoted his life to serving the American folks, “from his heroism in World Conflict II to the 35 years he spent in Congress.”
“In spite of everything he gave within the battle,” Mr. Clinton added, “he didn’t have to offer extra. However he did. His instance ought to encourage folks at the moment and for generations to come back.”
Al Franken, the Democratic former U.S. senator and comedy author, mentioned of Mr. Dole: “He was a battle hero, one of many nice senators, a beautiful man, and … properly, I’m lastly the funniest former US senator. I’ll miss this REALLY humorous man.”