Former Sen. Bob Dole announced on
Dole is 97.
‘While I certainly have some hurdles ahead, I also know that I join millions of Americans who face significant health challenges of their own,’ a statement from Dole read.
The statement didn’t provide any additional details.
Dole, a Republican, represented Kansas in the U.S. Senate from 1969 to 1996, rising to the rank of Senate Majority leader.
He was the GOP nominee in 1996, who tried to stop Democratic President Bill Clinton from serving a second term.
In one of his most recent public appearances, former Sen. Bob Dole stands up and salutes the casket of the late former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state at the U.S. Capitol in December 2018
Sen. Bob Dole’s Twitter account announced Thursday that the 97-year-old former senator and GOP presidential nominee had Stage 4 lung cancer and would begin treatment Monday
President Donald Trump (right) kisses former Sen. Bob Dole (left) as he attends a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony in his honor at the Capitol in January 2018
Former Sen. Bob Dole (center right) was the only former GOP nominee to back Donald Trump before he was elected in 2016. Here Dole is photographed attending the 2016 Republican National Convention alongside Mike Pence (right), the vice presidential nominee, and Rudy Giuliani (left)
Bob Dole (right) speaks in the White House Rose Garden in 2007 alongside President George W. Bush (center) and former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala (right). Dole and Shalala co-chaired the President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors
Bob Dole (right) greets Jenna Bush (left) and Barbara Bush (center) at the Republican National Convention in New York City in 2004. The Bush twins’ father, President George W. Bush, was running for re-election against Democrat John Kerry, who lost
The popular Clinton won 379 electoral votes to Dole’s 159.
Ross Perot, who ran against Clinton and President George H.W. Bush in 1992, was also on the ballot, earning about 8 per cent of the popular vote.
Dole was also the Republicans’ vice presidential nominee in 1976, but Democrat Jimmy Carter won that election over President Gerald Ford, as the Republicans were punished at the ballot box over Watergate.
Dole resigned from the Senate in 1996 to focus on his presidential run, but remained politically involved.
He co-chaired the President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors during President George W. Bush’s administration, taking care of veterans from wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Dole was a veteran himself and was injured by German gunfire during World War II.
Sen. Bob Dole (left) was the vice presidential nominee in 1976 when President Gerald Ford (right) ran for a full term. The Republicans lost to Democrat Jimmy Carter in the first presidential election since Watergate
Former Sen. Bob Dole (left) kisses his wife Elizabeth Dole (right) after she accepts victory in her U.S. Senate campaign in 2002 to represent North Carolina
He raised funds for the National World War II Memorial, which was constructed on the National Mall.
The former senator was also briefly the spokesman for Viagra.
Dole received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1997 from his former political rival, Clinton.
In 2018, he was bestowed the Congressional Gold Medal as well, in a ceremony attended by the now former President Donald Trump.
Dole was the only ex-GOP nominee to endorse Trump before he won the 2016 election.
Dole traveled to Cleveland to attend the 2016 Republican National Convention, where Trump was nominated by the party.
After leaving, Congress Dole had become a registered lobbyist and lobbied Trump on behalf of Taiwan.
During the 2016 transition, President-elect Trump spoke with Taiwan’s president – a departure from past U.S. leaders, as China has pressured the U.S. to not recognize Taiwan’s government.
Dole had been working behind-the-scenes for months to make the call happen.
Dole continued to be supportive of Trump through his one term.
In February, he called Trump’s State of the Union address a ‘home run.’
In October, he legitimized the president’s claims that the Commission on Presidential Debates was biased against Trump.
Dole said the commission was ‘supposedly bipartisan’ with an equal number of Republicans and Democrats serving on it.
‘I know all of the Republicans and most are friends of mine. I am concerned that none of them support President Trump,’ Dole tweeted. ‘A biased Debate Commission is unfair.’
In December, however, Dole did say the election was over, though noted Trump may never concede.
‘It’s a pretty bitter pill for Trump, but it’s a fact he lost. It’ll take him a while to accept that,’ the 97-year-old said.
Over the past few years, Dole has had health problems and is wheelchair bound, cutting down on the number of public appearances he’s made.
He did, however, appear when the casket of the late President George H.W. Bush was lying in state at the U.S. Capitol in December 2018.
With assistance, Dole briefly rose and saluted Bush.
Dole has been married to Elizabeth Dole since 1975, who served in the Nixon, Reagan and Bush 41 administrations and who represented North Carolina in the U.S. Senate from 2003 to 2009.
Since retiring from the Senate she launched the Elizabath Dole Foundation, which assists caregivers of wounded veterans.