Republicans, Democrats React To Bob Dole's Death: He 'represented The Finest Of American Values'

Republicans, Democrats React To Bob Dole's Death: He 'represented The Finest Of American Values'

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Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole died Sunday morning at age 98, prompting a flurry of reactions and condolences from Republicans and Democrats alike commemorating his nearly four decades of service.

“It is with heavy hearts we announce that Senator Robert Joseph Dole died early this morning in his sleep,” the Elizabeth Dole Foundation tweeted Sunday. “At his death, at age 98, he had served the United States of America faithfully for 79 years.”

LONGTIME GOP SENATOR AND PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BOB DOLE DEAD AT 98

Former Senator Bob Dole stands up and salutes the casket of the late former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state at the U.S. Capitol, December 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) ((Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images))

The Dole family issued a statement later saying America was grieving the loss of “one of its heroes.”

“Thank you for the outpouring of love over the last year, it continues to sustain us as we grieve the loss of the precious man we knew as husband and father,” the statement read. “Bob Dole was never only ours – we shared him with Americans from every walk of life and every political persuasion. He dedicated his life to serving you, and so it is heartwarming that so many honor him at his passing.”

President Biden issued a lengthy statement Sunday touting Dole’s accomplishments as an “American statesman like few in our history.”

“A war hero and among the greatest of the Greatest Generation,” he said. “And to me, he was also a friend whom I could look to for trusted guidance, or a humorous line at just the right moment to settle frayed nerves. I will miss my friend. But I am grateful for the times we shared, and for the friendship Jill and I and our family have built with Liddy and the entire Dole family.”

Former Vice President Mike Pence said on Twitter that Dole “lived an extraordinary life of service to America” and that he will be “deeply missed by all of us who had the privilege to know him.”

Former President George W. Bush issued a statement saying Dole represented “the finest of American values.”

“He advanced them in the United St

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