Bob Dole, a Republican Party loyalist and presidential hopeful whose plain-spoken conservativism set him apart as one of Washington’s most recognizable political figures throughout the latter half of the 20th century, died Sunday. The former Senator had announced in February that he was being treated for advanced lung cancer. President Joe Biden visited Dole shortly after learning of the diagnosis.
“Senator Robert Joseph Dole died early this morning in his sleep. At his death, at age 98, he had served the United States of America faithfully for 79 years,” according to a statement from his family.
President Biden on Sunday released a statement mourning Dole. “Bob was an American statesman like few in our history. A war hero and among the greatest of the Greatest Generation. And to me, he was also a friend whom I could look to for trusted guidance, or a humorous line at just the right moment to settle frayed nerves,” President Biden said. “I will miss my friend. But I am grateful for the times we shared, and for the friendship Jill and I and our family have built with Liddy and the entire Dole family.”
Bob Dole was a man to be admired by Americans. He had an unerring sense of integrity and honor. May God bless him, and may our nation draw upon his legacy of decency, dignity, good humor, and patriotism for all time.
— President Biden (@POTUS) December 5, 2021
Dole, who was seriously wounded during World War II, had a reputation for being a stoic presence while battling a series of health problems. In 1991, he received surgery for prostate cancer, received abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery in 2001, was hospitalized in 2005 after a fall in his home, and was treated for a leg infection in 2009.
Note the difference between the respect paid to Bob Dole by Donald Trump compared to Barack Obama. pic.twitter.com/YdfTPjCigz
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) December 5, 2021
Dole is survived by his wife, former Sen. Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina, and daughter Robin Dole.
It is with heavy hearts we announce that Senator Robert Joseph Dole died early this morning in his sleep. At his death, at age 98, he had served the United States of America faithfully for 79 years. More information coming soon. #RememberingBobDole pic.twitter.com/57NtGfqtmL
— Elizabeth Dole Foundation (@DoleFoundation) December 5, 2021