The man who defeated U.S. Sen. Bob Dole in the 1996 race for the White House is being honored by the institute that bears the Kansas Republican’s name.
The Dole Institute of Politics said Wednesday it has awarded the 2015 Dole Leadership Prize to former President Bill Clinton. He’ll accept the prize at a university event Nov. 23.
“I am proud that President Clinton will be honored with the Dole Leadership Prize,” Dole said in a statement released Wednesday. “I speak with the president now and then, and we have become friends over the years. I know the event will attract many students and people from across the Midwest. If I could be there, we could have a lively debate.”
Clinton and Dole engaged in a series of lively debates in 1996, when they ran against each other for president. Clinton won.
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The Institute, on the west edge of the University of Kansas campus, will host Clinton at 1 p.m. Nov. 23 at the nearby Lied Center. A limited number of tickets will be available starting Nov. 9.