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Dole 'honored' to receive congressional medal

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Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole received the Congressional Gold Medal on Wednesday. (CBS) Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole received the Congressional Gold Medal on Wednesday. (CBS)
WASHINGTON (KCTV/AP) -

Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole says he's "extremely honored" to receive the Congressional Gold Medal.

It's the highest honor the nation's legislative body has for a civilian.

The Kansas Republican, a decorated World War II veteran and his party's 1996 presidential candidate, will received honor during a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday. President Donald Trump also attended. Some of the award's 300 recipients include George Washington and Mother Teresa.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, presented the medal to Dole.

Dole also ran for president, winning the Republican Party's nomination in 1996. He lost to Democrat Bill Clinton.

The 94-year-old Dole thanked his colleagues and staff, and all the speakers for their "kind words." Then, in a flash of his trademark wit, Dole said of the tributes, "They're probably not true, but they're kind."

"I cannot imagine someone more deserving of a Congressional Gold Medal than Senator Bob Dole. As a public servant, veteran and statesman, his career has improved the lives of millions of Americans. As a proud Kansan, he has never forgotten his home state. We are so pleased to see him honored today and to carry on his legacy of principled leadership at the Dole Institute of Politics," Dole Institute Director Bill Lacy said.

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