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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 as -- 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 helped save Social Security expand food stamps and passed the Americans with disabilities act.
There was -- a time when -- -- in the future.
But I have learned as many -- you 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 -- He -- wheelchair bound and losing -- site.
But there is no self -- -- -- bet you turn ninety in July and my father used to say growing old isn't -- -- uses it.
-- his thought process is good.
A lot of benefits.
You think about your past and what you've been able to accomplish -- thing 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 get together blood sugar.
And we weren't perfect by long.
The -- for that I 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 president -- I think one mistake is made.
That India the morals congress.
Early on in his first administration.
Than nothing right.
Knowing that person -- talking to on the telephone.
If you had an opportunity this and now that person.
Not about any -- that this visit.
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.
But it doesn't work that way anymore -- that it's gonna afterward.
-- the country's gonna sufferers and the American people I think are partly at fault.
It's a conservative president cut spending 83%.
Maybe you there.
They -- something.
There uninteresting and they're over your life the way of life -- Truly don't.
Social Security when it got somebody else's program and if you leave me exempt me.
All for -- Is the senate broken.
-- this event.
-- -- -- Howard -- senator -- this kind of is like herding cats.
That it takes leadership somebody else.
To stand up and say we're gonna do this.
And I used to.
We get to group together responsible for that area and and didn't work together and not get up and leave.
I said call me when you reach an agreement.
Most of weren't.
As -- it was learned.
Take this step with them you take the politically what Kate leader takes -- -- of them different leadership.
-- -- -- -- In you're the first two years as a senator there were seven motions.
Filed cloture motions to end today.
In the last two years there were a 115.
Is the filibuster being abused where it now takes sixty votes to pass any.
No no doubt about it is there's some cases -- you probably.
-- -- -- What do you think of your party of the Republicans to -- I think they ought to put us on on the national committee.
-- -- -- -- -- -- Until.
Newsday next here.
And spend that time.
Going over ideas.
Positive agenda is.
You described 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 -- man.
-- and Nixon could have made it.
Because he had ideas.
And we might -- that -- -- -- and then.
To moderate and willing to compromise just consider myself.
This hyphen then it's.
I was a mainstream.
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 -- Barack Obama.
As a president I think has the president.
-- -- Communication skills.
In his own party.
-- The component.
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 has.
I made and I made a mistake.
And I -- -- made in this thing.
Brilliant men and respects.
He's kind of a guy that.
Can -- the revolution.
But 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.
Did you forget can't -- it.
And I'm glad you wouldn't our nominee.
One last person.
A guy who beat you in 1996.
-- -- getting and -- seven page letter from that but I don't know about the race in the last.
If the economy is good you can beat Clinton.
That's not the -- -- -- it -- Clinton but it was a factor.
Was World War II the defining event in your life.
Well no doubt about it he loses.
Ten in my life.
When you think back to that terrible injury you were 21 years old.
It -- -- the hospital for three years.
What do you think about that now.
I think I learned a lot of patients.
Some things stay strong and and you gotta be patient.
And I -- to get things done yesterday.
What I learned 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 the third time.
Because it could -- And I never -- and he is my disability.
But I can't hide it and onto onto the bidders failure you.
Kind of feel sorry for yourself.
The -- look around find somebody.
Is in real trouble.
Changes your perspective about.
-- -- You still -- -- to great veterans of World War II when they come to DC.
-- -- -- -- -- -- That are on this.
Really like to -- me.
And one for one reason.
And -- their eyes.
Sort of become America's veterans.
And I think.
Men -- -- from different states.
-- -- -- I'll be there this Saturday.
I'm on a retired general there was -- -- -- want to get a picture.
This is that I won't get a picture.
And that's 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.
-- I think is true.
A judge and make calls through.
-- -- -- -- to speak for everyone when I say thank you thank you for your service -- thank you thank you for your service.
-- -- great American.
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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