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Biden pays a visit to ailing former GOP Sen. Bob Dole

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Posted at 9:47 PM, Feb 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-20 21:47:19-05

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 4 lung cancer.

Biden served in the Senate with Dole for more than two decades.

The president arrived Saturday afternoon at Washington's Watergate complex, where the 97-year-old and his wife, Elizabeth, have maintained a longtime residence.

The White House described Dole as a “close friend” of the president.

Dole said this week he plans to begin undergoing treatment on Monday.

Dole represented his native Kansas in Congress for almost 36 years.