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Bob Dole’s life and political career in a series of memorable moments
Bob Dole’s career in politics started in 1950, when he was elected to the Kansas Legislature, and concluded over five decades later, only one leap away from the White House. He worked until he was 90 years old in retirement for the causes he believed in. So here are some of his memorable moments through the years:
Dole originally wanted to take up medicine during his college years but something drastically changed his decision and it was because of World War II. Dole was injured as a second lieutenant directing an assault on German forces at the time, and he almost died as a result of his injuries.
But fortunately, after three years of physical therapy and surgeries, he recovered and regained basic motor skills but never completely recovered the strength of his right arm. The progress allowed him to eat, walk, dress up and even lift objects by himself. After this part of his life, he then returned to college and studied law which was successfully finished and was elected as the county attorney. ‘The theory was, if I can’t use my hands, I can use my head,’ said dole.
When President Gerald Ford picked Dole as his running mate, he was already a senator known for his harsh statements. And during the 1976 vice presidential debate, Dole stunned spectators when he declared the two world wars, Korea, and Vietnam, to be ‘Democrat wars’ that had killed or injured 1.6 million Americans. ‘Senator Dole has richly earned his reputation as a hatchet man tonight,’ said Minnesota Sen. Walter Mondale, his Democratic opponent.
Dole bounced back after losing to Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale. He lowered the volume of his jabs and directed most of them against himself. ‘President Ford was supposed to take the high road, and I was supposed to go for the jugular,’ he famously said of the 1976 presidential campaign. ‘And I did, on my own,’ he says.
Dole became known to be one of the tough deal-makers during his 36 years in Congress. He was trusted to make bipartisan adjustments. ‘You’ve got to make the hard choices,’ Dole said, ‘vote no against all the hard things and vote yes for all the easy things, and you go out and make speeches about how tough you are.’ He then added.
Senate Majority Leader Dole had stunned his friends and colleagues when he announced he was resigning to devote himself to his presidential campaign in May 1996. ‘I will seek the presidency with nothing to fall back on but the judgment of the people,’ Dole said, ‘and nowhere to go but the White House or home.’
Dole was 73-year-old when he became a presidential nominee. He faced tons of questions about his age but he always shifted the question and even turned his answers against the personal character of Bill Clinton which was his opponent. ‘If something happened along the route and you had to leave your children with Bob Dole or Bill Clinton,’ Dole asked voters, ‘I think you would probably leave them with Bob Dole,’ he added.
He wasn’t doing well during the campaign so Dole launched a marathon of events within the course of 96 hours stretching to Election Day in high hopes of bringing his presidential campaign to life.
For his first post-election appearance Dole decided to be a part of comedian David Letterman’s show. During the show, he let out razor-sharp wits that had been primarily masked throughout the campaign. Clinton’s weight has been brought up, and people have been invited to talk about it. ‘I never tried to lift him. I just tried to beat him,’ he said.
Fast forward to September 2018, when Trump, the president at the time, signed a bill awarding Dole the Congressional Gold Medal. In acknowledgement of Dole’s Army service and long political career, he received one of the highest civilian honours bestowed in the United States. In many ways, Dole embodied Kansas’ state motto: ‘Ad Astra per Aspera,’ or ‘to the stars through difficulty.’
On February 8, 2021, Dole announced he had been diagnosed with lung cancer in its terminal stage. He then added that he’d start treatment in a few days. On social media, there was an outpouring of grief, prayers, and well-wishes from people all over the world. ‘While I certainly have some hurdles ahead, I also know that I join millions of Americans who face significant health challenges of their own.’ said dole.
Elon Musk believes anyone over 70 should run for office
Entrepreneur Elon Musk shared his political thoughts on the age limit when running for office. He says that anyone over 70-years-old shouldn’t be allowed to run for political office. ‘Let’s set an age limit after which you can’t run for political office, perhaps a number just below 70.’ Musk tweeted.
Despite the fact that Musk didn’t mention anyone in particular in his tweet, both the current president, Joe Biden, and predecessor, Donald Trump, are over 70 years old. Senator Bernie Sanders, with whom Musk has had past disagreements, is 80 years old. Last November, in response to Sanders’ tweet urging that the ultra-wealthy pay their fair share of taxes, Must replied ‘I keep forgetting that you’re still alive.’
For years, older primary candidates have been a point of conflict. Although candidates running for president in the United States must be at least 35 years old, there is no higher age restriction. If Sanders had won the election, he would indeed be one of the oldest presidents in history on Inauguration Day.
Congress Ghulam Nabi’s Azad’s political choices have made people question
Although Azad, a former Rajya Sabha MP, has stated that he has no aspirations to start a new political party, his political tactics in his homeland have attracted interest, particularly given his at-odds history with the Congress since joining the renegade ‘G-23’ group in 2020.
The various recently held public meetings by Congress Ghulam and Kashmir in Jammu have raised the people’s ideas about the next step in his political career. A recent incident, in which at least 20 Congress leaders from the Union Territory, all of whom were regarded close to him, quit from the party after publicly revolting against State Congress President Ghulam Ahmad Mir, contributed to the notion.
‘No one can say what will happen next in politics like no one knows what happens after death. But I have no intention to form a party,’ said Azad.
Azad said the protests he was speaking to were aimed to reignite political activity that had slowed after Article 370 was repealed in August 2019. Since 2018, Jammu and Kashmir have been ruled by the Centre. According to reports, elections would be placed in the Union Territory as quick as the delimitation process is completed.
US to compensate separated immigrant families
President Biden stated that he believes some migrant families who were separated during Trump’s presidency should be paid, but he did not specify how much compensation should be provided.
When the Trump administration’s policy of family separation became known in 2018, it was met with outrage not just from Democrats, but also from Republicans including Senator Ted Cruz and Melania Trump.
Countless parents were incarcerated without knowing where their children were or if they would ever see them again. Thousands of children were trapped in shelters with hardly any idea what was going on. Attorneys for the families claim that most of the children are still dealing with the trauma years later.
When it comes to calculating what the federal government owes, some people are already suing for damages. According to news reports quoting unidentified insiders, the Biden administration is discussing settlements for migrant parents and children worth up to $450,000 per person. Leading Republicans and right-wing commentators exploded in outrage at the projected amount, describing it as ‘crazy’ or ‘nearly difficult to believe.’