Bonus Weekend Podcast: Bob Dole, John Kerry, John McCain

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his counterparts stand with school children on April 11, 2016, after laying wreaths at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

This past week we ended our political series Also Rans: A Look at American Losers, where we discussed some of the characters throughout history who could have made it to the White House, but didn’t. And looking back on our own archives, Leonard has spoken to a few notable Also-Rans himself. In light of recent news in our current presidential election, we decided to pick interviews with people who not only ran for president, but who are all military veterans. In 2005, Leonard spoke with Senator Bob Dole, who served in WWII, about being wounded in Italy, his recovery, and his ascent to the Senate. In 2007, Leonard spoke to John Kerry, who served in Vietnam, and his wife Teresa Heinz Kerry, about their fight for the environment. And one Senator who has been prominently in the news today- John McCain – spoke to us in 2000 about being shot down in North Vietnam, about being a POW in Vietnam, and how that changed him as a person, and as a politician.