Bob Dole Campaign Buttons. Welcome to the Bob Dole section of campaignbuttons-etc.com. Here you will find a nice selection of items from Senator Dole's1996 race for the White House.Dole , a Republican, was a nominee for both President (1996) and Vice President (1976) but was not elected to either office. He became a writer, consultant and television spokesperson in his retirement. Check our Gerald Ford section to see campaign buttons for the Ford-Dole ticket of 1976. Dole won his first office in 1950 when he was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives.