Former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole was the object of bipartisan admiration last Friday in Washington, D.C., at a fundraiser for the University of Kansas’ Dole Institute of Politics marking the 50th anniversary of the Russell native’s election to Congress. The Kansans speaking in honor of the longtime Senate leader and 1996 GOP presidential nominee included Republican Sen. Pat Roberts and two Democrats, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and former congressman Jim Slattery. In his remarks, the frail-looking 88-year-old guest of honor noted he “didn’t leave politics voluntarily” in 1996 and lamented the shortages of trust, flexibility and bipartisanship in lawmaking today. “You have to be willing to trust one another if you are going to get anything done. . . . I think we can do better, and I believe we will,” Dole said.
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