Texas political leaders, past and present, have issued statements of praise and remembrance for former Republican Senate Leader and presidential candidate Bob Dole of Kansas, who died Sunday at the age of 98.
Former President George W. Bush said in a prepared statement that Dole represented “the finest of American values.”
âHe defended them in uniform during WWII,â he said. âHe brought them to the United States Senate. And he lived them as a father, husband and friend.
Bush said his entire family, including his father, former President George HW Bush, had benefited from Dole’s friendship.
“I will always remember Bob’s greeting to my late father on Capitol Hill, and now we, Bush, salute Bob and give thanks for his life of principled service,” said Bush. “Laura and I extend our deepest condolences to Elizabeth and join our fellow citizens in prayer for her comfort.”
Republican Senator Ted Cruz said on Twitter that he and his wife, Heidi, âjoin all Americans in mourning a true American hero.
“A member of the Greatest Generation, Bob Dole served our country as an extraordinary soldier, relentless lawmaker and staunch statesman,” Cruz tweeted. âA decorated WWII veteran, Dole embodied the heart and combativeness of his generation. Although he is leaving us today, his name is etched in the history of this great nation.
Flags were lowered across Texas on Sunday in honor of Dole, Gov. Greg Abbott said in a prepared statement.
“Dole was a WWII hero, a mainstay of the Republican Party and most of all a great man,” Abbott wrote on Twitter. “We send our prayers to the Dole family at this time.”
Former Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, whose Senate time overlapped that of Dole in the mid-1990s, tweeted that she was sad “to learn of the death of a great American patriot, majority leader in the United States. Senate, and source of inspiration for disabled citizens @SenatorDole! May he rest in peace. “