Bob Dole: The small-town Kansas kid has lived a big life


“Thank you for your service.” A handshake, followed by a friendly chat. “Did we get our picture?”   

 It’s a typical Saturday for Bob Dole. Meeting veterans at the World War II memorial in Washington DC.

 “I try to go to every honor flight,” said Dole. 

 During our interview, Dole’s passion for service, country and the memorial he helped to build was obvious.

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“We raised 170 million dollars privately,” said Dole. “There is no federal money in the World War II memorial.”

A war hero, U.S. Senator, and the 1996 presidential nominee, the small town Kansas kid has lived a big life. He says his greatest political accomplishment was saving Social Security in 1983 with New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.  

“A lot of people, their checks would have been delayed,” said Dole. “We worked it out, we had a commission. The two of us sort of took over.”

It’s those victories, where Democrats and Republicans worked together, that Dole cherishes most.

“It’s bipartisan, and that’s good!”

His love of politics, clearly still burns deep. He says if he could, he would love to hit the road for fellow Republicans.  

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“I would like to go out and campaign for somebody,” said Dole. “I did a lot of it all over the country.“

Dole still campaigns for candidates on his Twitter page, and his support for fellow Kansans in D.C. is strong.

“Of course, Wichita, we have Mike Pompeo, who is the strongest man in the Cabinet. Is getting more and more involved with foreign policy,” said Dole. “I think Trump is lucky to have Mike Pompeo.”

Just as Kansas is lucky to have Bob Dole.

“I can say I really miss representing the good people of Kansas. They voted for me 36 years,” said Dole. “I still have many friends.”

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