Dole Award Recipient Says Political Dialogue Could Use More Humor

Lawrence, KS (AP) -- Former Tennessee Senator Howard Baker told an audience in Lawrence, Kansas, political dialogue needs the kind of humor Bob Dole used to disarm critics and amuse supporters.

Baker was in Lawrence Sunday night to receive the Dole Leadership Award. It's named for the former US Senator from Kansas and is presented annually to someone who promotes politics as an honorable profession.

Besides being Senate Minority and Majority Leader, Baker also served as White House Chief of Staff during the Reagan administration and served as US Ambassador to Japan.

On the Presidential election next year, Baker told the crowd anyone who says they know the outcome isn't being realistic. Baker says he's going to try to get a Republican to win.

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