In addition to his unsuccessful bid for the White House in 1996, Dole also ran for president in 1980 and 1988 but was not nominated. He was President Gerald Ford’s running mate in 1976 after Nelson Rockefeller declined to stay on as vice president.
He served for 27 years as a US senator from Kansas, including two stints as the Senate majority leader. He was also a congressman from 1961 to 1969.
“In hearing (Dole’s) story they will truly learn what it means to be a great American,” Trump said at the medal ceremony. “Bob, that is the legacy that you have left our nation and it will outlive us all.”
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