Bob Dole RNC 2000 Ron Edmonds AP

Former U.S. Senator Bob Dole, Republican of Kansas, has died after a 10-month battle with lung cancer. Severely wounded near the end of World War ii, he lost the use of his right arm and was not expected to walk again. He worked very hard to recover, and won his first race for public office in 1946. In the Senate, he ran for president three times and was the GOP nominee in 1996, when he was defeated in a landslide by Bill Clinton. The next day Dole met reporters with his famed self-depracating wit. “I slept like a baby last night,” he said. “I was up every two hours crying.” In retirement he was a leading force in creating the U,S. World War II Memorial and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial; in retirement he used to drop by the WWII monument 2-3 times a week just to visit with fellow veterans on pilgrimage. Above: endorsing George W. Bush at the Republican Convention in 2000 after his own bid failed four year earlier. (Ron Edmonds/AP)

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