Former Senator Bob Dole

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FILE - In this Aug. 15, 1996 file photo, Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole delivers his acceptance speech during the Republican National Convention in San Diego. Mitt Romney did not mention the war in Afghanistan, where 79,000 US troops are fighting, in his speech accepting the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday. The last time a Republican presidential nominee did not address war was 1952, when Dwight Eisenhower spoke generally about American power and spreading freedom around the world but did not explicitly mention armed conflict. Below are examples of how other Republican nominees have addressed the issue over the years, both in peacetime and in war.  (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier, File)

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Former Sen. Bob Dole, 89, of Kansas overcame disabling war wounds to forge a 36-year political career. He was the Republican nominee for president in 1996, losing to Bill Clinton. (AP)

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