Bob Dole

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Robert Joseph Dole
United States Senator
from Kansas
In office
January 3, 1969 – June 11, 1996
Preceded by Frank Carlson
Succeeded by Sheila Frahm
15th United States Senate Majority Leader
In office
January 3, 1985 – January 3, 1987
Preceded by Howard H. Baker, Jr.
Succeeded by Robert Byrd
18th United States Senate Majority Leader
In office
January 3, 1995 – June 11, 1996
Preceded by George J. Mitchell
Succeeded by Trent Lott
15th United States Senate Minority Leader
In office
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1995
Preceded by Robert Byrd
Succeeded by Tom Daschle
Personal details
Born July 22, 1923 (1923-07-22) (age 91)
Russell, Kansas, US
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) (1) Phyllis Holden, divorced
(2) Elizabeth Dole
Religion Methodist[1]
Law School Washburn University, 1952

Robert Joseph Dole (born July 22, 1923) is a former United States Senator from Kansas. He was the Republican leader of the Senate from 1985 until 1996. In 1996, he ran against Bill Clinton for President, and lost. After that, he retired from politics at age 72.

In 1976, President Gerald Ford chose him to be his Vice Presidential choice for the November, 1976 election. They lost the election so Bob Dole never became Vice President.

Shortly after the 1996 election, he famously appeared in a Pepsi commercial, saying, "I just cannot win". He has also done commercials for Viagra.

Bob Dole has a habit of talking in the third person, or using his own name instead of "I" when he talks about himself. This habit is the basis for many jokes about Dole.

An episode of The Simpsons had Bob Dole in it. The episode takes place during the election of Bill Clinton and Bob Dole, and they get abducted by aliens.

References[change | change source]

  1. frontline: the choice '96: Stories of Bob | PBS