After presenting Senator Dole with the Presidential Medal of Citizens on January 18, 1989, President Reagan said, “Whether on the battlefield or on Capitol Hill, Senator Robert dole served America heroically. Majority leader in the Senate at one of the most productive conventions in recent times, he has also been a friend of veterans, farmers and Americans from all walks of life. Bob dole has championed integrity, outspokenness and achievement throughout his years of distinguished public service. “
Although, in the race against each other for the Republican presidential nomination of 1980, Ronald reagan and Senator Dole were political opponents, they grew up to have a deep admiration and friendship. The passing of Senator Dole is a tremendous loss to our great nation, and our thoughts and prayers are with his loving and devoted wife of 45 years, the Secretary Elizabeth dole and his daughter Robin.
SOURCE The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute