Former US senator Bob Dole, a Republican Party member and presidential hopeful, has passed away at the age of 98. The war hero was riddled with lung cancer and succumbed to the illness early this morning in his sleep. Dole had served in various roles for America for 79 years. His reputation was that of one of Washington’s most recognisable political figures. The Elizabeth Dole Foundation announced the news with a statement that read:
President Biden has ordered that flags at the White House and other public buildings and facilities be flown at half-staff in honour of Dole after hearing of his passing. Born in Russell, Kansas in 1923, Dole served in the US infantry in WWII, suffering serious wounds in Italy and winning a medal for bravery. In 1976 he was the Republican nominee for vice-president to Gerald Ford, in an election the sitting president lost to Jimmy Carter. Two decades later, aged 73, Dole won the nomination to take on Bill Clinton, to whom he lost.
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