Biden visits Bob Dole following lung cancer announcement

Biden served in the Senate with Dole for decades. The 1996 Republican presidential candidate was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.

2/21/2021 2:01:00 AM

President Biden visited Bob Dole at his private home in Washington, DC, on Saturday after the former Kansas senator and 1996 Republican presidential nominee announced Thursday that he has stage 4 lung cancer.

Biden served in the Senate with Dole for decades. The 1996 Republican presidential candidate was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.

.The White House said in a statement that Biden was visiting"his close friend." Biden and Dole served in the Senate together for decades.Dole, 97, said in a statement that he will begin treatment Monday."While I certainly have some hurdles ahead, I also know that I join millions of Americans who face significant health challenges of their own," Dole said.

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Dole served as a U.S. senator from Kansas from 1969 to 1996 and also served as both the Senate majority and minority leader during his long career. He was the GOP presidential nominee in 1996, losing to Bill Clinton.Previously, he served in the House, representing a large district that encompassed the western half of the state. He was also then-GOP nominee Gerald Ford’s running mate in the 1976 election, which they lost.

Dole served with distinction in the Army during World War II, suffering serious injuries in battle in Italy.Biden's sondied in 2015 at the age of 46 after battling brain cancer for several years. Biden has spoken openly about Beau's experience with cancer and the grief he dealt with after losing his son.

During hisrun for president, Biden often used his own experience with the disease to connect with people around the country who had lost family members to cancer.Biden said in a speech on Friday that once the coronavirus has been defeated, his next goal was beating cancer.

"I want you to know that, once we beat Covid, we’re going to do everything we can to end cancer as we know it."Lauren EganLauren Egan is a reporter for NBC News based in Washington. Read more: NBC News »

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If Trump: 'Trump skips work to visit old man, why not doing his job is dangerous for the country.' They were both in the Senate for a long time. Im glad he did. Prayers are going up U think Trump will go see Doyle hell no God bless you Bob Dole. Nice, that’s what presidents do!TRUMP Please don’t use President Biden, use Pseudo President Biden instead , you fake news .

They are old friends and respect each other I think Dole would have been a great president. Sorry he lost In 1996. What a thoughtful gesture🙏🙏 adamboultonSKY He is a class act. Awesome 21WFMJ Why hasn’t he visited the people freezing to death in Texas yet? Why hasn’t he resealed the kids in cages yet? He could have sent a card and did something that actually needs done.

plethora_pinata It's called class. That’s what grown ups do! The last of a generation we owe so much. 🙏🇺🇸 I wish him peace. Bob Dole was hit by Nazi machine gun fire, shattering his shoulder and needed 9 surgeries to even use his hand again. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 A man who practices his faith and the lessons of his confirmation in that faith. Including humility. I'm grateful to have a President, again.

What a nice president, it feels good to feel presidential ambience again in this land of America. Imagine reaching out to someone who voted for your opponent. Of course he did 😍 Compare this act of humanity with the former guy’s refusal to honor civil rights icon John Lewis as he laid in state Emolclause Oh no. I’m so sorry to hear this.