Former Senator Bob Dole, who fought Clinton for president, dies

Former Senator Bob Dole, a powerful politician who ran against then-President Clinton, a Democratic nominee for re-election in 1996 as the Republican presidential nominee, passed away on the 5th (local time). age 98.

Former Congressman Dole is known as a symbol of World War II veterans and an American conservative political tycoon. In February, he publicly announced that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.

Born in Kansas in 1923, Dole enrolled in the reserve army in 1942 during World War II and a college student dreaming of becoming a doctor, and was called up to active duty the following year.

He was sent to Italy in 1945 and his right arm was permanently disabled. He turned to politics and became a member of the Kansas State House of Representatives in 1951, and has served in the U.S. House of Representatives four times since 1961.

He also served as a U.S. Senator representing Kansas from 1969 to 1996. After the first North Korean nuclear crisis broke out in 1993 when the Republican floor leader Bill Clinton was the leader, he criticized the Clinton administration’s strategy for negotiating with North Korea, arguing hard not to provide economic aid to North Korea until North Korea confirms that it does not possess nuclear weapons and halts its nuclear program.

He tried several times for the presidential election, but was unsuccessful. He failed to cross the threshold of the Republican primary in 1980 and 1988, and in 1996 fell on his knees to Democrat Clinton.

After retiring from politics, he paid great attention to the commemoration of veterans and war veterans. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Liberty in 1997 and the Congressional Medal of Honor, one of America’s highest decorations in 2018. He was the only Republican candidate to support former President Donald Trump in the 2016 US presidential election, but after last year’s election, he publicly stated that he did not agree with Trump’s objection to the election, including allegations of election fraud.

After serving 24 years in the Senate, President Joe Biden issued a statement today praising Dol as one of the greatest war heroes and greatest figures of the ‘Great Generation’, referring to those who went through the Great Depression and fought in World War II.

By Park Joo-yeon, staff reporter [email protected]

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