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

Bob Dole
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Dole in 2005
United States Senator
from Kansas
In office
January 3, 1969 – June 11, 1996
Preceded byFrank Carlson
Succeeded bySheila Frahm
15th United States Senate Majority Leader
In office
January 3, 1985 – January 3, 1987
Preceded byHoward H. Baker, Jr.
Succeeded byRobert Byrd
18th United States Senate Majority Leader
In office
January 3, 1995 – June 11, 1996
Preceded byGeorge J. Mitchell
Succeeded byTrent Lott
15th United States Senate Minority Leader
In office
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1995
Preceded byRobert Byrd
Succeeded byTom Daschle
Personal details
Born
Robert Joseph Dole

(1923-07-22) July 22, 1923 (age 95)
Russell, Kansas, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)(1) Phyllis Holden, divorced
(2) Elizabeth Dole
Law SchoolWashburn University, 1952

In 1976, 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.

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.

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