Bob Dole Announces Stage-Four Lung Cancer Diagnosis

Dole lost the White House race to Democrat Bill Clinton 20 years after losing the 1976 election as Gerald Ford’s running mate

U.S. Senator Roger Marshall (R-Kansas), a mentee of Dole's, said "I haven't known a better public servant" and that he expects the longtime senator to meet the challenge as he's done numerous times throughout his life.

The diagnosis comes in the form of stage four lung cancer. Freshman Kansas Sen. Roger Marshall, who received Dole's endorsement in running past year and described him as a mentor, said he's not known "a man with a bigger heart".

In a tweet, Democratic Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly wished Dole "a swift recovery". Pat Roberts, a Republican, predicted that Dole would fight cancer "with his usual grit and determination".

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The announcement from Dole - who faced off against former President Bill Clinton as the Republican candidate in 1996 - comes after the passing of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who died on Wednesday after a yearlong battle with lung cancer. His political career spanned almost five decades.

Dole left the Army as a captain, but Congress in 2019 approved a promotion for him to colonel.

He served in the U.S. Senate from 1969 to 1996. He earned two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars for valor during his service. He held the role of Republican leader of the Senate during his final 11 years in that chamber before he launched his second and final presidential run in 1996.

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