Biden visits 'close friend' Bob Dole after cancer diagnosis

Biden visits 'close friend' Bob Dole after cancer diagnosis

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.

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“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.


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