Former Republican Sen. Bob Doll, who was the party's candidate in the 1996 presidential race against Bill Clinton, died Sunday at the age of 98.
Doll, who is considered a clear friend of Israel, was one of the most influential people in Washington during his 27-year tenure in the Kansas State Senate.
He died in his sleep, his family said, after "79 years of loyal service to the United States."
Even before he was elected to one of the two Kansas senators he was the party's candidate for vice president in the 1976 election, and also his home district representative in the House of Representatives in Washington for 8 years.
During World War II, while serving in Italy, he was severely injured in the spine.
Although thanks to many surgeries he was able to function relatively reasonably, and until his last day was almost paralyzed in his right hand and suffered from other physical problems, making him a revered figure from the entire political spectrum.
As mentioned in 1996, he ran for president and hoped he could take advantage of voter dissatisfaction with Clinton's problematic nature and the corruption scandals that arose in the White House, but in the end voters preferred to give Clinton another term because of the growing economy.
During the campaign he resigned from his post in the Senate, and after the loss announced that he was retiring from politics, but occasionally appeared in advertisements for various brands with a lot of self-humor, thus gaining the sympathy of the general public.
Bob Doll during his military service in World War II,
For his heroism in the war he was twice awarded the "Crimson Heart" and once the "Bronze Star."
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