Dole first attempted to run for president in 1980 but failed to secure the Republican nomination. Winning candidate Ronald Reagan, a former Hollywood actor, was chosen instead and won the US election the following year. Dole announced her second presidential campaign in 1988, but her Republican colleague George HW . Bush eventually won the party nomination and was subsequently elected president of the United States, serving one term until Clinton defeated him in the 1992 vote.
In the midst of his battle against Clinton for the presidency in 1996, Dole resigned as a senator, at the time saying he had “nowhere to go but the White House or home”, per New York Times.
When Dole won the Midwest primaries, he became the oldest presidential candidate to be nominated at the age of 73. In his acceptance speech, he said, “Let me be the bridge.” connected to an America that only legend can call anonymous. Let me be the bridge to a time of peace, faith and confidence in action.”
After retiring from politics, Dole began a new chapter, starring in television commercials for brands such as Viagra, Visa and Pepsi — appearing in the company’s 2001 Super Bowl commercial starring the Britney Spears.
According to NBC News, Dole also continues her commitment to helping veterans and returning to her legal career, serving as a special counsel to the international law firm Alston & Bird.