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Biden visits Bob Dole following cancer diagnosis

February 20, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole addresses Republican faithful September 13, during a rally in a hanger of the MBS International Airport in Freeland. Dole said he will press his case for a more aggresive trade policy in upcoming presidential debates. CAMPAIGN DOLE

President Joe Biden visited former Sen. Bob Dole Saturday afternoon, according to the White House, after the longtime Kansas senator announced earlier in the week that he had been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer.

(CNN)President Joe Biden visited former Sen. Bob Dole Saturday afternoon, according to the White House, after the longtime Kansas senator announced earlier in the week that he had been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer.

The two had served in the Senate together and Dole is a "close friend" of the President, the White House said.

Dole, the 1996 Republican presidential nominee, was one of the key Republicans to say plainly after the November election that Biden had won.

"The election is over and (Joe) Biden will be president on January 20.

I know the president has not conceded and he may never concede, but he will not be in the White House on January 21," Dole told the Kansas City Star in mid-December.

As vice president, Biden made an emotional tribute to Dole, who was seriously wounded during World War II, in 2011 at a ceremony that honored Dole's tireless efforts to create the National World War II memorial.

Biden noted that the two had traveled together to the beaches of Normandy in France on the anniversary of D-Day. The then-vice president said he had long-admired Dole's "unparalleled devotion" to the nation's veterans.

In addition to his unsuccessful bid for the White House in 1996, Dole also ran for president in 1980 and 1988 but was not nominated.

The visit with Dole was not on Biden's public schedule for Saturday.

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