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We sought the differences were a healthy thing and that's why we're also.
Because we have a lot of differences in this chamber.
I've never seen -- healthier group in my life.
That was Bob Dole in 1996.
When he was master of the senate and the favorite -- on Sunday talk jobs.
He's been out of office now for seventeen years but one we sat down with them last week for a rare interview we found some things happen change.
He's as perceptive and -- biting late funny.
-- -- We will send the president bill after bill.
Returning power and programs to the states and to the people.
Bob Dole was -- man in full in the US congress.
He represented Kansas on Capitol Hill but he served the nation.
He -- save Social Security expand food stamps and passed the Americans with disabilities act.
There -- -- a time tonight out of the future.
But I have learned as many -- you have learned that obstacles can be overcome.
That was his -- call it a strapping young man from Russell Kansas he enlisted to fight in World War II when he was just nineteen.
Grievously wounded in Italy.
He spent three years in the hospital and came out without a kidney -- functioning right arm Bob Dole today continues to be a portrait of courage.
He has wheelchair bound and losing his sight but there is no self pity not a bit.
You turned ninety in July and my father used to say growing old isn't -- -- as a.
Now his thought process is good.
A lot of benefits.
You think about your past and what you've been able to accomplish -- -- thing.
When you see what's happening in Washington today the chronic failure to be able to solve our problems.
How frustrating is it for a legislator like here.
And came to him almost.
That we can't get together blood sugar.
And we weren't perfect by long.
-- -- for that our work done.
So what's the problem why can't the president and congress why can't Republicans and Democrats.
Get together and make -- I'm not a critic of the -- -- -- I think one mistake is made.
-- India the morals congress.
Early on in his first administration.
There's nothing like.
Knowing a person who -- talking to on the telephone.
If you had an opportunity this and now that person.
Not about any -- that this business.
I was on -- Social Security commission.
Let me ask you about you were on the Greenspan Commission in the eighties.
Animated -- use that.
Nobody got everything that everyone gave something.
Let's lists store.
But it doesn't work that way an element that it's -- -- -- All over the country is -- -- -- and the American people I think are partly at fault.
-- -- the survey ends and cut spending 83%.
Maybe you that are.
-- -- something.
There and interest and there over your -- -- wet -- -- don't because.
Social Security when it got somebody else's program and if you leave me exempt me.
All for -- Is the senate broken.
-- -- But it they Howard -- senator -- in this kind of is like herding cats.
That it takes leadership summit is to stand up and say we're gonna do this.
-- I used to.
We get to group together responsible for that area.
And it didn't work together or not you know affiliated.
Said call -- when you reached an agreement.
Most of or.
Does I was -- and take this step with them you take the political -- what Kate leader takes eight.
Minutes of them -- -- leadership.
I don't want educated -- In you're the first two years as a senator there were seven motions.
Filed cloture motions to end debate.
In the last two years there were a 115.
Is the filibuster being abused where it now takes sixty votes to pass any time.
No no doubt about it there's some cases -- you probably.
-- -- -- What do you think of your party of the Republicans -- I think they ought to put us on on the national committee.
-- -- -- -- -- -- Until.
And spend that time.
Going over ideas.
Positive agenda is.
You describe the GOP of your generation.
Republicans moderate Republicans.
Could people like Bob Dole even Ronald Reagan.
Could you make it in today -- Republican Party.
I've got a nod brilliant and a man.
-- and Nixon could have made it because he had ideas.
And we might -- that I data and then.
To moderate -- willing to compromise just consider myself.
Republican on this hyphen then it's.
I was remain -- Conservative Republicans.
-- -- Most people are in that category.
I ask dole for quick reactions to some of the people and events he was involved in over the years.
Including his 1988 contests -- George H.
Bush for the Republican presidential nomination.
And his battle with Newt Gingrich in the ninety's when they led the house and senate what do you think of -- -- And great.
-- -- -- very articulate.
As a president I think as a president.
In his own party a little on the Republican -- And is on the road too much Richard Nixon.
Could have done a great president threw.
As long as we're talking about controversies when you're running for president in 1988.
And you told bush 41.
You know what I'm gonna is you know a lot of -- exactly it is that you flip flopped on taxes.
I guess the point as.
I made and I made a mistake.
And I -- -- made in this day.
Brilliant men and respect.
He's kind of a guy that.
Can lead the revolution.
That he can lead after -- succeed.
It was always.
What he did -- -- did.
And I was a tax collector.
For the welfare state.
Korolev and now.
For -- can't make it.
And I'm glad you wouldn't our nominee.
One last person.
The guy who beat you in 1996.
On memory it -- hand written seven page letter from that but I don't know about the race in the last.
If the economy is good you can be -- That's not the only reason -- did -- Clinton but it was a factor.
Was World War II the defining event in your life.
I don't know -- about it he loses.
Changed my life.
When you think back to that terrible injury you were 21 years old.
It put general hospital for three years.
What do you think about that now.
I think I learned a lot of patients.
Some things -- -- And you gotta be patient.
And I -- to get things done yesterday.
That I learn in the hospital it's not possible.
Do you think you became Bob Dole.
In spite of your injury or a funny way because of your entry because -- -- the man who you more.
I think this that can.
Because what good.
And I never occurred to me is my disability.
But I can't hide it you know I've gone to the bidders failure you.
Kind of feel sorry for yourself.
The -- and look around find somebody.
Who is in real trouble.
Changes your perspective about.
You still go -- to great veterans of World War II when they come to DC.
-- -- -- -- -- -- That are on this.
Really like to see me.
And one for one reason.
And -- in her eyes.
Sort of become America's better.
And I think.
Many groups from different states.
I'll be there this Saturday.
I'm on a retired general.
Who you know -- -- want to get a picture.
-- that I won't get a picture.
And this wheelchair I want to stand up.
The little LP stood.
I just made me feel good.
The greatest generation.
These guys don't give.
How would you like to be remembered.
What are you wanted to put on your tunes done.
And gave his -- for his country.
It's -- thing is true.
A judge to make calls through.
I think that in.
-- -- to speak for everyone when I say thank you thank you for your service -- thank you thank you for your service.
Bob -- still goes to the office each day to push a number of causes but always at the top of his list.
Any thing to remember and help our nation's veterans.
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