Former Senator, presidential candidate and Kansas native Bob Dole made a stop in McPherson Tuesday as part of his second Kanas thank-you tour.
Dole is 90 years old and can no longer hide his age or war wounds. He battled in WWI, served as both majority and minority leader of the U.S. Senate and battled President Bill Clinton in the 1996 presidential election. Unfortunately he was on the losing side of that latter.
But Dole is well remembered in the nation’s political landscape and well regarded among Kansas Republicans. He has been touring the state, sharing stories and thanking voters for their decades of support.
During his stop in McPherson, he made no formal speeches, opting to sit, answer questions and greet visitors. Dole made known his frustration with the current administration but he didn’t hold back from expressing thoughts on the in-fighting of the GOP.
I don’t personally remember much from Dole’s time in Washington but it was great to see a well-known and highly respected Kansas legislator in-person. Derek and I took our son, Evan, who I believe was the youngest in attendance. He won’t remember seeing Dole but it’s something to put in his baby book. I believe it’s important to take advantage of opportunities, such as this, to hear from former leaders and see historically significantly men of our great states. Leaders like Dole don’t stop in McPherson all that often and and today’s politicians don’t retain the popularity and respect that Dole continues to enjoy.