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Bob Dole

Bob DoleAKA Robert Joseph Dole

Born: 22-Jul-1923
Birthplace: Russell, KS

Gender: Male
Religion: Presbyterian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Senator from Kansas, 1969-96

Military service: US Army (1942-48, arm paralyzed)

During an August 22, 2004 appearance on CNN's Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, former U.S. Senator Bob Dole derided Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry for accepting purple hearts for allegedly non-life-threatening injuries:

"Three Purple Hearts and never bled that I know of. I mean, they’re all superficial wounds. Three Purple Hearts and you’re out... I mean, the first one, whether he ought to have a Purple Heart -- he got two in one day, I think. And he was out of there in less than four months, because three Purple Hearts and you're out. And as far as I know, he's never spent one day in the hospital. I don't think he draws any disability pay. He doesn't have any disability. And boasting about three Purple Hearts when you think of some of the people who really got shot up in Vietnam.”

But in his 1988 autobiography, Dole described the circumstances around one of his own purple heart medals this way:

As we approached the enemy, there was a brief exchange of gunfire. I took a grenade in hand, pulled the pin, and tossed it in the direction of the farmhouse. It wasn’t a very good pitch (remember, I was used to catching passes, not throwing them). In the darkness, the grenade must have struck a tree and bounced off. It exploded nearby, sending a sliver of metal into my leg -- the sort of injury the Army patched up with Mercurochrome and a Purple Heart.

Father: Doran R. Dole
Mother: Bina Talbott
Sister: Gloria
Sister: Norma Jean
Brother: Kenny
Wife: Phyllis Holden (m. Jun-1948, div. 1972, one daughter)
Daughter: Robin (b. 18-Oct-1954)
Girlfriend: Lesley Stahl (journalist, dated a few times)
Wife: Elizabeth Dole (US Senator, m. 6-Dec-1975)

    High School: Russell High School, Russell, KS (1941)
    University: University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
    University: University of Arizona
    University: AB, Washburn Municipal University, Topeka, KS (1952)
    Law School: LLB, Washburn Municipal University, Topeka, KS (1952)

    US Senator, Kansas (3-Jan-1969 to 11-Jun-1996, resigned)
    Republican National Committee Chairman (1971-73)
    US Congressman, Kansas 1st (1963-69)
    US Congressman, Kansas 6th (1961-63)
    Kansas State House of Representatives (1951-53)
    Member of the Board of Asia Universal Bank (2007-)
    APCO Worldwide Senior Counselor (2004)
    Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand Special Counsel
    4-H Club Honorary Co-Chair, Centennial Initiative Committee (2001)
    American Bar Association
    American Political Science Association Advisory Committee
    Bread for the World Board of Directors
    Bush-Cheney '04
    Caring Institute Board of Trustees (Honorary)
    DeMint for Senate Committee
    District of Columbia Bar
    Dole-Kemp '96 Candidate
    Elizabeth Dole Committee
    Elizabeth Dole for President
    Benevolent & Protective Order of the Elks
    Friends of John Boehner
    It's My Party Too Board of Directors
    Freemasonry 33rd Degree
    Friends of Dick Lugar
    Friends of George Allen
    George W. Bush for President
    The Hawkeye PAC
    John McCain 2008
    Kennedy Center Trustee Emeritus
    Keep Our Mission PAC
    Kiwanis Club
    Knights Templar
    The Leadership Circle PAC
    Leadership PAC 2006
    National Coalition on Health Care
    National Republican Senatorial Committee
    New Republican Majority Fund
    Northern Lights PAC
    Rand Paul for US Senate 2010
    Ryan for Congress
    Santorum 2000
    Santorum 2006
    Senate Victory Fund PAC
    Steele for Maryland
    Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Honorary Board of Directors
    Veterans of Foreign Wars
    Kappa Sigma Fraternity
    Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster
    Purple Heart twice
    International Security Leadership Award 1986
    Presidential Medal of Freedom 17-Jan-1997
    World Food Prize 2008 (with George McGovern)
    Shrapnel Injury
    Paralyzed right arm
    Prostate Surgery (18-Dec-1991)
    Hip Replacement Surgery Dec-2004
    Endorsement of American Express
    Endorsement of Dunkin' Donuts
    Endorsement of Pepsi 2001
    Endorsement of Pfizer Viagra
    Endorsement of Visa 1996
    Funeral: Richard Nixon (1994)
    Funeral: Ronald Reagan (2004)
    Funeral: Tim Russert (2008)
    Funeral: Jesse Helms (2008)
    Risk Factors: Prostate Cancer, Smoking

    The Daily Show Guest political commentator, Indecision 2000

    Wordplay (6-Apr-2006) · Himself

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Author of books:
One Soldier's Story: A Memoir (2005, memoir)

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