Flashback Friday: On This Day In 1979, Bob Dole Announces White House Bid

May 14, 1979:

Dole button 1980

Kansas Sen. Bob Dole, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee who was the GOP nominee for vice president in 1976, announces his candidacy for his party's 1980 presidential nomination.

Dole, 55, did not get glowing reviews for his '76 campaign, where he was derided by Democrats as a "hatchet man."  Even some Republicans put the blame for the defeat of the Ford-Dole ticket on his shoulders.  More recently, however, he has shedded some of his partisan reputation by reaching out to Democrats, working with Sen. George McGovern (D-SD) on the food stamp program and with Sen. Birch Bayh (D-IN) on eliminating the electoral college.

But Dole's bid for the 1980 nomination will go nowhere.  He will try again, also unsuccessfully, in 1988.  In 1996, he will become the Republican nominee, losing to President Bill Clinton in the general election.

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