Elizabeth Dole isn't slowing down.
North Carolina's former Republican senator was in Charlotte this morning for a fundraiser for two groups associated with Mike Huckabee, the former and possibly future GOP presidential candidate.
Dole said she sandwiched the appearance between a morning stop at Charlotte's Loaves & Fishes food bank and afternoon visits to the Charlotte Rescue Mission, Salvation Army and Thompson Child & Family Focus. She said she supports them all through the Elizabeth Dole Charitable Foundation.
On her way out, Dole, who turns 73 next month, was asked if she's enjoying retirement.
"Not retirement, no," she bristled. "Catching up on my life."
She talked about visiting Normandy last weekend with her husband, former Sen. Bob Dole. She recounted how they both spend a couple hours most Saturdays at Washington's World War II Memorial, which her husband raised money for, greeting vets flown in by the Honor Flight Network, a non-profit that flies vets to the memorials.
"It really is very emotional," Dole said.
She doesn't think much about her loss to Democrat Kay Hagan.
"I'm not one who looks back," she said. "I'm the kind of person who puts total energy and focus into whatever I'm doing."