WICHITA, Kan. -

At 90 years old, Kansas political icon Bob Dole is still making plans for future campaigns.

"I am thinking about 2016," he said.

The quick-witted former Republican presidential candidate told a Wichita crowd Wednesday he wasn't visiting for a fundraising effort. He stopped at the WSU Hughes Metroplex as part of his homecoming tour. He made other stops in Emporia and El Dorado in the same day.

Dole plans to visit 16 Kansas communities over four days. He said he wanted to thank his home-state supporters. He was first-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1961, then served as senator in 1969.

During his tour, he shared stories from his political past, and talked about how to bridge the current gap in Washington.

"Sometimes you didn't get all Republicans to vote with you, and you needed to reach across the aisle to find some friendly democrats who would support what you were trying to do," he said.

Dole plans to wrap up this leg of his homecoming tour of Kansas with events Thursday in Topeka and Kansas City.