President Biden visited Bob Dole days after the former Republican presidential candidate and longtime U.S. senator announced a late-stage cancer diagnosis.
“The President is visiting his close friend, Sen. Bob Dole,” the White House said in a statement after Biden made an unannounced stop at the Watergate Hotel on Saturday, where Dole lives.
A Republican from Kansas and World War II veteran, Dole said on Thursday that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.
“My first treatment will begin 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,” Dole said in a statement.
Biden’s late son, Beau, died from cancer in 2015, and defeating the disease became a focus for the then-vice president during the Obama administration. He announced Friday that the United States would “end cancer as we know it” once the coronavirus pandemic is over.