Texas politicians honor late Republican Senator Bob Dole as an American patriot

Several current and former Texas political leaders offered their remembrance and praise for former Republican Kansas Senator Bob Dole.

Dole, who passed away on Sunday at age 98, served as a Republican Senate Leader and was a one-time presidential candidate.

Former President George W. Bush noted in a statement that Dole embodied the “finest of American values.” He added, “He defended them in uniform during World War II. He advanced them in the United States Senate. And he lived them out as a father, husband and friend.”

Sen. Ted Cruz also offered his condolences, writing on Twitter, “A member of the Greatest Generation, Bob Dole served our country as an extraordinary soldier, a relentless legislator, and a faithful statesman.” He added, “A decorated veteran of the Second World War, Dole embodied the heart and fighting spirit of his generation. Although he leaves us today, his name is etched into the history of this great nation.” 

Dole announced in late February that he had advanced lung cancer and would be undergoing treatment. The Elizabeth Dole Foundation, founded by Dole’s wife, released a statement which read: “It is with heavy hearts we announced that Senator Robert Joseph Dole died earlier this morning in his sleep. At his death at age 98 he had served the United States of America faithfully for 79 years.” 

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement that flags were lowered across the state on Sunday in Dole’s honor. “Dole was a WWII hero, a stalwart of the Republican Party, and above all a great man,” Abbott wrote on Twitter. “We send our prayers to the Dole family at this time.”

President Joe Biden also announced on Sunday that flags across the United States and in U.S. Territories would be lowered to half-staff for much of the duration of this week. He noted in a statement that Dole was “a friend whom I could look to for trusted guidance, or a humorous line at just the right moment to settle frayed nerves.” The two served in the Senate together for 23 years. 




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