The political leaders who admired Bob Dole

Republican Bob Dole

Twitter saw Bob Dole as a man of conviction, integrity and honor for the American people.

Two of the political world’s top minds, Barack Obama and Donald Trump — who are set to clash at the end of 2016 — saw Dole as their model for possible presidents.

Trump’s Hillary Clinton team working to stop her from highlighting Bob Dole’s leg injury. (via Bloomberg) — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 26, 2016

Obama did something Bob Dole couldn’t: successfully compete against John McCain in 2008. (via @NickMauro_NYT) — UPROXX (@UPROXX) May 26, 2016

This picture captures two leadership models: Chuck and Jack Kennedy. Two historic leaders who lead by conviction. (via BuzzFeed) — UPROXX (@UPROXX) May 26, 2016

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saluted a man whom he called “a fighter of the highest order.”

“All of the Senate offered condolences to the Dole family on his passing and we extend the prayers of all of our colleagues to his wife Elizabeth and the other Dole family members during this difficult time,” McConnell said.

“Bob Dole was an American hero who inspired countless young men and women to follow in his footsteps. He was a fighter of the highest order, and we will always be grateful for his many years of public service. He never stopped serving and he served as well as any elected official in modern history.”

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich

Gingrich praised Dole as a “defender of American values.”

Newt Gingrich salutes a man of strong Christian faith who represented the finest of American values — New Day (@NewDay) May 26, 2016

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney also paid tribute to Dole.

Senator Bob Dole was a champion for Western civilization and a champion for the soldiers and their families who have fallen in defense of our nation.

RIP — Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) May 26, 2016

Former President Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton noted that Dole held the same role that Clinton’s father once did: a man of duty.

I will always remember Bob Dole as one of my heroes. From his years in the Army into his time in public office, he was always a courageous and loyal servant. He will always be my father’s son. — Bill Clinton (@billclinton) May 26, 2016

President Barack Obama

President Obama also shared his thoughts on the passing of Bob Dole, and praised him as a defender of the institution of the presidency.

1 of the 2 reasons Hillary Clinton should be president. Bob Dole was the embodiment of what it means to uphold our democratic traditions. RIP Bob Dole. — President Obama (@POTUS) May 26, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders

Sanders said he and Dole were friends and colleagues, and praised Dole as a great soldier.

So sorry to hear about the passing of my friend @BobDole today. One of the truly great American heroes. Grateful to have known him. — Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 26, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton said she would remember the fighter for our nation, “whose unyielding devotion and sacrifices during World War II helped to change America forever.”

“They take you down when they have you down and they’ve made a war and you go back up again,” said @SenDole on soldiers, admirals, NNA. #amalgam — Philip Elliott (@philip_elliott) May 26, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Jim Webb

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden

Former DNC Chairman Howard Dean

Current DNC Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz

UPDATE: Former President Bill Clinton passes along his thoughts on Bob Dole: “He didn’t quit and never wavered in his life.” — Mashable News (@MashableNews) May 26, 2016

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