Former US senator and 1996 presidential nominee diagnosed with cancer

  • Former US senator and 1996 presidential nominee diagnosed with cancer

Former US senator and 1996 presidential nominee diagnosed with cancer

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.

Dole, who represented Kansas in the U.S. Senate from 1969 to 1996 and ran for president in 1996, said he would begin treatment Monday.

Dole was previously honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by former President Bill Clinton, just months after losing the presidential election to him.

In 1976, Dole was the vice presidential nominee on the Republican ticket with incumbent President Gerald Ford.

Dole served as a congressman and then senator from 1961 to 1996 from his home state of Kansas.

Dole was a driving force behind the World War II Memorial on the National Mall, speaking poignantly at its 2004 dedication before tens of thousands of fellow veterans in their 80s and 90s, calling it "our final reunion". He also received two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars for his military service.

He was soundly defeated, however, after an uninspiring campaign, with Clinton capturing 379 electoral votes to Dole's 159. "But I thought it would be the [White House] front door key", Dole joked at the ceremony.

In 2018, Congress awarded him the Gold Medal.