Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI) was the second longest-serving U.S. Senator. Inspired by Dole’s interest in public service, Inouye also pursued a career in Congress. He was elected Hawaii’s first U.S. Representative, serving for two terms before his election to the Senate, where he earned re-election 8 times more. As friends and colleagues, Dole and Inouye served in the Senate together from 1969 to 1996. Each became known for a bipartisan approach to accomplishing their goals.
In this February 11, 2008 interview with Richard Norton Smith, Sen. Daniel Inouye recounts the origins of his lifelong friendship with Senator Bob Dole, begun over their shared experience as disabled World War II veterans and patients at Percy Jones Army Hospital. Inouye credits Dole for inspiring his own career in politics, and comments on Dole's character. Inouye also discusses the culture of Congress, past and present; his experience in the Senate; and the evolving role of bipartisanship and ideology in contemporary politics.
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