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Bob Dole Releases Statement on Arlen Specter's Passing

Specter Dole 2011“Senator Specter and I were longtime personal friends.  He attended high school in my hometown of Russell, Kansas.  Without a doubt, he was one of the brightest lawyers who ever served in the Senate.  He was on the Kansas state championship debate team around 1940.

Sometimes friendship is more important than politics and, while I was disappointed when Senator Specter changed party, friendship overrode my disappointment.  

Elizabeth and I send our sincere condolences to Arlen’s wife, Joan, sons Shanin and Steve, as well as his many friends in Kansas and Pennsylvania.”

Photo is from Prairiesta 2011 in Russell.

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