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Robert Dole

Robert Joseph Dole (born July 22, 1923) is a retired American politician. During his 1996 presidential campaign, Dole was the first sitting Senate Party Leader to receive his party's nomination for president.

He was hoping to use his long experience in Senate procedures to maximize publicity from his rare positioning as Senate Majority Leader against an incumbent President but was stymied by Senate Democrats. On June 11, 1996, Dole resigned his seat to focus on the campaign, saying he had "nowhere to go but the White House or home".

Dole lost, as pundits had long expected, to incumbent President Bill Clinton.

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