Former Senate majority leader Bob Dole (R-KS) attends a welcome ceremony in honor of new Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Army General Mark Milley at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia, U.S., September 30, 2019.
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Bob Dole, a former U.S. Senator and Republican presidential candidate, died Sunday morning at 98, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation said.
Dole was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer earlier this year and said he was starting treatment.
Dole served as a U.S. senator for Kansas for nearly 30 years, starting an impressive political run. In 1976, he was Gerald Ford’s vice presidential nominee. He began to test the waters for a presidential run in 1980. He later clinched the GOP nomination for the presidency in 1996, losing to President Bill Clinton.
Prior to his political career, Dole served in the army and was seriously injured in World War II. He spent years rehabbing at a military hospital, according to his Senate biography.
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