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The passing of Sen. Bob Dole marks the end of an era.

Sen. Dole’s service in World War II, his love for President Dwight Eisenhower, (with whom he shared Kansas roots), and his dedicated life of public service, despite a severe war wound, made him a remarkable man.

LONGTIME GOP SENATOR & PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BOB DOLE DEAD AT 98

Sen. Dole was a very effective leader of the Senate who was key to implementing the Contract with America. He was a major architect of the bipartisan effort to develop an effective food program for low-income Americans, and a staunch defender of American agriculture.

We often attended Sen. Dole’s birthday parties in Washington. His parties brought together an amazing number of elected Republicans and Democrats, congressional staff, lobbyists and journalists.

The Bob Dole fan club was wide and bipartisan. His extraordinary wife, Elizabeth, a senator and Cabinet member in her own right, was always supportive and by his side.

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Sen. Dole was a unique American figure whose courage, dedication, endurance and patriotism made him worthy of study and emulation.

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Our hearts and prayers go out to Elizabeth and the Dole family. We, like millions of Americans, will miss Sen. Dole and will cherish his memory.

Callista L. Gingrich is the former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican.

To read, hear, and watch more commentary from Ambassador Gingrich and Speaker Gingrich, visit Gingrich360.com.



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