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Robert Dole    

Former Senate Majority Leader; Former U.S. Senator of Kansas; 1996 Presidential Nominee

Chairman of the World War II Memorial Campaign, counsel to one of DC's top law firms, author of two best-selling books on political humor Great Presidential Wit, I Wish I Was In The Book and Great Political Wit, Laughing (Almost) All the Way to the White House, a frequent guest on the late night talk show circuit and political commentator for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and two Super Bowl commercial appearances - most recently for Pepsi Cola - Dole is part of the American landscape.

He is recognized as one of the most prominent political figures of the 20th century, with a distinguished record of service that continues to make a difference.

As the Republican Presidential nominee in 1996, he offered himself to Americans as an honorable leader. Dole's candidacy for the White House cemented his reputation, as an honest, respected statesman who will long be considered one of the most powerful senators and brilliant legislators of our times. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton as a tribute to his character and contributions to the nation.

The American public started seeing the lighter, entertaining side of Dole's legendary sense of humor with his post-election appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

Dole was raised on the plains of western Kansas. This tough, common-sense conservative from America's heartland accumulated political achievements second to none: in addition to becoming the Senate Majority Leader and candidate for President, he also serves as Chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, his party's nominee for Vice President, a member of the House of Representatives and Chairman of the Republican Party.

He earned national acclaim for his leadership on behalf of the disadvantaged Americans with disabilities, and for his mastery of foreign affairs.

Dole also has a personal history of service. During the Second World War, he was in a platoon leader in the legendary Tenth Mountain Division in Italy. In 1945, he was gravely wounded on the battlefield and was twice decorated for his heroic achievement. His decorations include two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster.

Dole's effectiveness as a consensus-builder and his commitment to deficit reduction and economic growth have earned him the admiration of Republicans, Independents and Democrats alike. On issue after issue, Dole is a statesman who has made his mark.

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