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Bob Dole, who overcame crippling war wounds to become a Republican Senate leader and presidential candidate, has died aged 98.
Tributes poured in from across the American political divide for a widely respected politician remembered for his caustic wit and campaigning on behalf of the disabled.
Joe Biden, who visited Mr Dole shortly after his terminal cancer diagnosis earlier this year, paid an emotional tribute to the former Kansas senator.
“Bob was an American statesman like few in our history. A war hero and among the greatest of the Greatest Generation,” he said.
“And to me, he was also a friend whom I could look to for trusted guidance, or a humorous line at just the right moment to settle frayed nerves.”
The US president ordered flags on public buildings to be flown at half-mast as a mark of respect.
Former US president, Donald Trump, added: “Bob Dole was an American war hero and true patriot for our Nation. He served the Great State of Kansas with honour and the Republican Party was made stronger by his service.”
Former president George W Bush described Mr Dole as a man who represented the finest of American values.
“He defended them in uniform during World War II. He advanced them in the United States Senate. And he lived them out as a father, husband, and friend.”
Republican Senate leader, Mitch McConnell, added: “Whatever their politics, anyone who saw Bob Dole in action had to admire his character and his profound patriotism.
“Those of us who were lucky to know Bob well ourselves admired him even more.”
Mr Dole, who spent 36 years in the Senate, was Gerald Ford’s running mate in the 1976 presidential election and the party’s candidate in 1996 when he was defeated by Bill Clinton.
He was among the Republicans who defied Donald Trump by insisting that Mr Biden had won the 2020 presidential election.
Enlisting in the US army in April 1945, he suffered serious wounds three months later, spending three months in hospital.
He was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for bravery.
Although a conservative, he was a shrewd tactician capable of working across the aisle and was an architect of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990.