Bob Dole

American politician (1923–2021)

Robert Joseph "Bob" Dole (July 22, 1923 - December 5, 2021) was best known as a former Republican United States Senate Majority Leader and Senator from Kansas from 1969 to 1996. He was the Republican presidential nominee in 1996, but was defeated by incumbent Bill Clinton in the election.

I don't know if that's good.


  • As long as there are only 3 to 4 people on the floor, the country is in good hands. It's only when you have 50 to 60 in the Senate that you want to be concerned.
    • Reported in Tom Crisp, The Book of Bob: Choice Words, Memorable Men (2007), p. 134.
  • I mean, there's always somebody in somebody's administration who jumps out early, sells a book, and goes after the guy who hired him, … I don't know if that's good. It may be good business; it's not good politics.
  • If something happened along the route and you had to leave your children with Bob Dole or Bill Clinton, I think you would probably leave them with Bob Dole.
    • Reported in New York Magazine‎ (April 29, 1996), v. 29, no. 17, p. 13.
  • Something is wrong with America. I wonder sometimes what people are thinking about or if they're thinking at all.
    • Reported in Tom Crisp, The Book of Bob: Choice Words, Memorable Men (2007), p. 113.
  • At least she's the president of something, which is more than I can say.
    • About his wife, Elizabeth Dole, reported in William B. Whitman, The Quotable Politician‎ (2003), p. 125.
  • If Lincoln had an affair with a slave woman, it would be an outrage, but when Clinton does it with one of his staff, everyone is okay with it.
    • Reported in Tom Crisp, The Book of Bob: Choice Words, Memorable Men (2007), p. 126
  • If we had known we were going to win control of the Senate, we'd have run better candidates.
    • Attributed to Bob Dole by Charlie Cook, "The Democrats' Wild Ride," Cook Political Report, (June 12, 2010)
  • I once called Carter a chicken fried McGovern and I take that back because I've come to respect McGovern.
    • At the Republican debate in Iowa in 1980, reported in Dennie Hall, "Memorable barbs may incite laughter", News Oklahoma (December 26, 2004). The candidates were asked if they had done anything that they regretted.

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