WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden paid a visit Saturday to former Sen. Bob Dole, days after the World War II veteran and 1996 Republican presidential nominee announced he’d been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer.
Biden, who served in the Senate with Dole for more than two decades, arrived Saturday afternoon at the Watergate complex where Dole, 97, and his wife, Elizabeth, have maintained a longtime residence. The White House described Dole as a “close friend” of the president.
“He’s doing well,” Biden said of Dole, after departing Holy Trinity Catholic Church later Saturday evening.
Dole said this week he plans to begin undergoing treatment on 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,” he said in a statement announcing his diagnosis.
President Biden arrives at the Watergate complex where former Sen. Bob Dole and his wife have maintained a longtime residence