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WATCH: Casket of late Sen. Dole arrives as he lies in state at US Capitol


The casket of the late Sen. Bob Dole arrived in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda where it was received by friends, family and dignitaries and will lie in state on Dec. 9 before being moved for a funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral on Dec. 10.

In the audience at the Capitol were President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and congressional leaders, many of whom served with Dole during the almost 30 years he represented the state of Kansas.

The late Senator’s wife, Elizabeth Dole–who herself was a senator for the state of North Carolina–was escorted to her seat by a military officer. She was joined by his daughter, Robin Dole.

Dole died Sunday at the age of 98. He was a leader known for his caustic wit. He shaped tax and foreign policy and worked to help the disabled, enshrining protections against discrimination in employment, education and public services in the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Dole won the Republican nomination in 1996, but was defeated when President Bill Clinton won a second term. He was also the 1976 GOP vice presidential candidate on the losing ticket with President Gerald Ford.

Throughout his political career, he carried the mark of war. Charging a German position in northern Italy in 1945, Dole was hit by a shell fragment that crushed two vertebrae and paralyzed his arms and legs. The young Army platoon leader spent three years recovering in a hospital and never regained use of his right hand.

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