WASHINGTON — Republican and Democratic members of Congress sent an outpouring of condolences on Sunday following news of the death of Bob Dole, a former GOP presidential candidate and World War II hero. He was 98. "It is with heavy hearts we announce that Senator Robert Joseph Dole died early this morning in his sleep," the Elizabeth Dole Foundation said in a statement Sunday. "At his death, at age 98, he had served the United States of America." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at the Capitol. President Joe Biden described Dole as a man with "an unerring sense of integrity and honor" in a statement Sunday afternoon. The two spent years on opposite sides of the Senate but Biden noted that despite their policy disagreements, Dole never hesitated to work with Democrats on important bipartisan efforts. “Bob was an American statesman like few in our history. A war hero and among the greatest of the Greatest Generation,” Biden said. “And to me, he was also a friend whom I could look to for trusted guidance, or a humorous line at just the right moment to settle frayed nerves.” Former president George W. Bush noted Dole's commitment to defending American values through his military service and political career. He added that the entire Bush family, including his late father, benefited from the privilege of Dole's friendship. "I will always remember Bob’s salute to my late dad at the Capitol, and now we Bushes salute Bob and give thanks for his life of principled service," Bush said in a statement. "Laura and I send our heartfelt condolences to Elizabeth and join our fellow citizens in prayer for her comfort.” Former president Bill Clinton also paid tribute to Dole in a tweet on Sunday. The two faced off when Dole was chosen to be the 1996 Republican nominee, challenging Clinton's re-election bid. "Bob Dole dedicated his entire life to serving the American people, from his heroism in World War II to the 35 years he spent in Congress," Clinton wrote. "After all he gave in the war, he didn’t have to give more. But he did. His example should inspire people today and for generations to come." Bob Dole dedicated his entire life to serving the American people, from his heroism in World War II to the 35 years he spent in Congress. After all he gave in the war, he didn’t have to give more. But he did. His example should inspire people today and for generations to come. pic.twitter.com/8Iiy7ssGkD — Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) December 5, 2021 In a statement on Sunday, former president Barack Obama said Dole was "a war hero, a political leader, and a statesm . . . read the full article here.