WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden paid a visit to former Sen. Bob Dole on Saturday, when a World War II veteran and 1996 Republican presidential candidate announced that he had been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer.
Biden, who served in the Senate for more than two decades, arrived at the Watergate campus Saturday afternoon, where 97-year-old Dole and his wife Elizabeth have resided for a long time. The White House called Dole a “close friend” of the president.
“He’s doing well,” Dole said after the departure of Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Saturday evening.
Dole said he plans to start treatment on Monday this week.
“While I certainly pursue some obstacles, I also find that I am among the millions of Americans who face significant health challenges of their own,” a statement announcing his diagnosis said in.
Dooley, a native of Russell, Kansas, represented the state in Congress for nearly 36 years before resigning from the Senate in 1996 to challenge Democratic President Bill Clinton.
Dole unsuccessfully tried for the GOP nomination in 1980 and 1988, and was a vice-presidential running mate for President Gerald Ford in 1976, when Ford lost to Democrat Jimmy Carter.