Boehner Says He Asked Scalia to Run as VP With Dole

Scalia, top, is shown at President Barack Obama's second inauguration in 2013 with, from left, justices Thomas, Kennedy, Sotomayor and Chief Justice Roberts. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Speaker John A. Boehner tried to persuade Antonin Scalia to be former Sen. Bob Dole’s running mate on the 1996 Republican presidential ticket, he recalled after the Supreme Court justice's death.  

“We’ll never know what might have been, had a Dole-Scalia ticket been forged in the summer of 1996," Boehner wrote in the Independent Journal Opinion on Tuesday . "But we do know our nation was blessed to have Antonin Scalia defending the Constitution on the highest court in the land for a generation. And the legacy he leaves is that of one of America’s greatest justices, of any era.”  

It’s 'Paws for Love' Time on Capitol Hill

Dole at the ASPCA's Fourth Annual Paws for Celebration pet adoption event in July (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A Valentine’s Day animal adoption event on Friday will bring adorable pets in need of a home to Capitol Hill. Hosted by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, “Paws for Love” features 11 animal rescue groups from the surrounding area.  

The fourth annual “Paws for Love” will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday in Cannon 345. Longtime advocates for animal welfare issues, such as former Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., and his wife, former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., will be there. Also advocating for dogs and cats to be adopted for Valentine’s Day are co-chairmen on the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, Reps. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Michael G. Fitzpatrick, R-Pa.