Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., who also served as Gerald Ford's running mate in the 1976 presidential election and the Republican standard bearer in the 1996 presidential election, gave a rare interview Tuesday which was replete with half-truths and inaccuracies.
Dole's long career in the U.S. Senate is distinguished, for sure. And he managed to stake out a conservative stance on numerous issues which, at the time, were unpopular, much more so than at present. In addition, no one can fault Dole for his military record, having nearly died on the battlefield and consequently suffering his whole life thereafter with severe wounds of war. He is to be thanked for his courageous service to his country.
However, Dole's career is also characterized by a suicidal adherence to the "moderate" position on many issues, a stance that cost him two national elections...
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