Wichita, Kan. -- The homecoming tour of former Kansas Senator Bob Dole made stops in Wichita, El Dorado and Emporia Wednesday.
"Okay, here we go," says Dole as he's helped by Troopers to walk into the WSU Hughes Metroplex at 29th and Oliver.
At ninety years old the former Senate Majority leader doesn't speak as fast as he used to. But his mind seems amazingly sharp as he thinks back on 38 years of elected service, first in the U.S. House of Representatives then the U.S. Senate.
"I'm not running for anything but I'm thinking about 2016." That comment is quickly followed by laughter and applause.
"Some of you voted for me five times for the United States Senate. And for that I thank you."
He hasn't been on a Kansas state ballot since his senate run in 1992. Four years later he was the republican nominee for President which the Dole/Kemp ticket lost to then President Bill Clinton.
"My proudest achievement, on the domestic side, was rescuing Social Security in 1983. It was about to go broke."
Dole says his biggest disappointment in the senate was losing by one vote the balanced budget amendment because of one dissenting republican senator.
Dole sys the GOP needs to be more inclusive to grow.
"I consider myself to be a pretty good conservative. I also recognize that it's got to be a party of inclusion. We want more people to be republican. We can't give them a litmus test and say you've got to agree with this and this and this before you can be in our party."
Dole continues this homecoming tour Thursday with stops in Topeka and Wyandotte County.
Dole staffers say he wants to return and visit the northwest portion of the state later this month.