By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
(Worthy News) – Bob Dole, who survived deep war wounds to become the U.S. Senate leader and a Republican presidential candidate, has died. He was 98.
The sharp-tongued son of the Kansas prairie, who was left for dead on a World War Two battlefield, became one of the longest-serving Republican Party leaders in the Senate.
His wife, Elizabeth Dole, said on social media that he died in his sleep. Dole announced in February 2021 that he’d been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.
During his 36-year career on Capitol Hill, Dole became one of the most influential legislators and party leaders in the Senate.
Friends and foes agreed that he combined a talent for compromise with a caustic wit, which he often turned on himself but didn’t hesitate to turn on others, too.
He shaped tax policy, foreign policy, farm and nutrition programs, and rights for the disabled. Having suffered himself, Dole worked for protection against discrimination in employment, education, and public services in the U.S with the Disabilities Act.
Commentators noted that one of the most visible hallmarks of his legacy is today’s accessible government offices and national parks. Additionally, sidewalk ramps and sign-language interpreters at official local events are other signs that he and fellow lawmakers sought for civil rights laws 30 years ago.
Dole devoted his last years to wounded veterans, their fallen comrades at Arlington National Cemetery, and the remembrance of the fading generation of World War II veterans.
Funeral arrangements were not immediately announced. In a statement, U.S. President Joe Biden said Bob Dole was a man admired by Americans. “He had an unerring sense of integrity and honor,” he added on social networking site Twitter.
The president cited Dole’s “legacy of decency, dignity, good humor, and patriotism.”
Vice President Kamala Harris called Dole “a war hero and patriot.”
Senator Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican, and minority leader, said in a statement that Dole’s “lifetime of service was rooted in a simple mission: looking out for his neighbors.”