No slowing down for Elizabeth Dole

She’s in Washington a lot these days for various awards dinners and charity functions, but former Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.) says she has no plans of ever losing her Southern drawl.

 Dole was on hand at a kick off event for the GI Film Festival at the Newseum on Monday when ITK noted to the ex-lawmaker that her North Carolina accent remains fully intact. When we inquired whether she was worried about her twang fading away, she exclaimed with a smile, “No way!”

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At 75, the wife of 1996 Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole has no plans of slowing down. While she “loved” the Senate, Dole was excited to talk about her new mission helping families of soldiers. She says she connected with them while her husband, 88, was hospitalized at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

“I’m immersed in a new area, which is working with the Wounded Warrior military family caregivers ... They’re a lot of families just facing tremendous challenges because it’s virtually unknown what they’re dealing with. The American public is really not aware, so we’re trying to raise the visibility of the military and veteran caregivers.”