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00000179-cdc6-d978-adfd-cfc6d7d40002Coverage of the issues, races and people shaping Kansas elections in 2016, including statewide coverage in partnership with KCUR, Kansas Public Radio, and High Plains Public Radio.

Dole Calls 2016 Race Harsher Than His Campaigns For President

Courtesy Kelly Arnold
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Former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole, right, greets a Kansas delegate at this year's Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Former Republican Kansas Sen. Bob Dole says this presidential campaign is harsher than the times he ran.

Dole ran for president multiple times and was the Republican nominee in 1996. He said during a stop in Topeka that this year’s presidential campaign has been a “name-calling race” and the candidates aren’t hitting on some important policy issues.

“The American people, I really believe, want to know what you think about farms," he said. "Nobody’s discussed farm policy, which is pretty important to Kansas."

Dole says he will support Republican Donald Trump in the election, although Dole says both Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton have said some things in the campaign they probably regret.

Stephen Koranda is Statehouse reporter for Kansas Public Radio and the Kansas News Service, a collaboration of KCUR, KMUW, Kansas Public Radio and High Plains Radio covering health, education and politics.