Bob Dole visits McPherson Tuesday afternoon

By Nick Gosnell
May 13, 2014
Nick Gosnell

Former United States Senator from Kansas and Republican Presidential nominee Bob Dole was in McPherson at the Well on Tuesday afternoon. 

Dole said, "I don't have any agenda. For once in my life, I'm not asking you for anything. I'm not asking you for money or asking you to vote for me. It occurred to me that at age ninety, if I wanted to make a tour of my home state, I'd better get busy, because I'll soon be ninety-one. When you get to be ninety, you're afraid to order room service."

Dole told the crowd he was doing well physically.

He said, "I'm in good health, except for my right knee. I had it operated on, but it didn't work. Otherwise, I have some disabilities from the war, but my vital signs are good, my lungs are good, my heart is good. I've got this fifty year old mind trapped in this ninety year old body."

The facility of that mind was on display as Dole held court for more than a half hour before taking pictures with a line of well wishers from McPherson and the area.

In fact, Senator Dole told those assembled that President Obama had called to wish him well on his tour.

Dole said, "He called me last Friday to say he had heard about my traveling around Kansas and he thought it was a good idea. I didn't invite him to come."

He said the President was wrapping up the phone call and said, "I don't want to keep you."

Dole responded, "Well, you can keep me. I'm a lawyer. We charge by the hour."