Former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole, who is leading the private fundraising campaign for the National Eisenhower Memorial, and Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., who chairs the memorial’s commission, this week added some formidable bipartisan firepower to the effort’s advisory committee: both former Presidents Bush, former Secretaries of State James Baker and Colin Powell, and former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle, Bill Frist, George Mitchell and Trent Lott. Roberts said in a statement: “I am truly delighted that the effort to build the National Eisenhower Memorial has attracted so many supporters of such high caliber – all of whom are firmly dedicated to ensuring that the memorial dedicated to honoring Dwight D. Eisenhower is built in Washington, D.C.” Actor Tom Hanks also signed on, and Dole will be joined by former Sen. Nancy Kassebaum Baker at the Kansas State Fair this weekend to promote the project. Resistance to architect Frank Gehry’s design and the memorial’s completion just became a lot more difficult, including from those in Congress withholding construction funds. – Rhonda Holman
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