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At the funeral for Bob Dole at the Washington National Cathedral, President Biden described how the Republican senator worked with Democrats on legislation and called Dole “a man of principle, pragmatism and enormous integrity.”
JOE BIDEN: We served together for 25 years. We disagreed, but we were never disagreeable with one another, not one time that I can think of. I found Bob to be a man of principle, pragmatism, and enormous integrity.
He came into the arena with certain guiding principles, to begin with, devotion to country, to fair play, to decency, to dignity, to honor, to literally attempting to find the common good. That's how I worked with George McGovern to fight hunger in America, particularly as it affected children, and around the world.
He worked with Teddy Kennedy and Tom Harkin to bring down the barriers of Americans living with disabilities, a profound change and a profound act of grace. He worked with Daniel Patrick Moynihan to literally save Social Security, because Bob believed every American deserves to grow old with their basic dignity intact.
And over the opposition of many in his own party and some in mine, he managed to build and create a federal holiday in the name of Martin Luther King, Jr. Bob Dole, Bob Dole did that.