Admirers flock to Dole during Kansas homecoming

Former Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., center, takes questions while seated between Gov. Sam Brownback, left, and Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., right, during a visit to the Johnson County Republican Headquarters in Overland Park, Kan., Monday, April 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Dozens of Kansas elected officials and other admirers have helped former Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole kick off a three-day homecoming tour.

The former U.S. Senate majority leader began his tour Monday with a reception at the local GOP headquarters in Overland Park. About 75 people attended, including Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Congressman Kevin Yoder.

Dole sat in a cushioned, wing-backed chair as he greeted well-wishers and posed for pictures with them.

His itinerary included nine other receptions and open houses in northeast Kansas this week.

The 90-year-old Dole represented Kansas in Congress from 1961 to 1996, when he left the Senate to run against Democratic President Bill Clinton. His political career began after he overcame disabling combat wounds sustained during World War II.

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