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

Former US Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole announced on Thursday (Feb 18) that he has lung cancer and will begin treatment next week. He would not leave that body until resigning in 1996 to focus on his presidential campaign, a race he eventually lost to Bill Clinton. He ran for president once, vice president once and twice came up short for the GOP nomination for president. He was President Gerald Ford's running mate in 1976 after Nelson Rockefeller declined to stay on as vice president.

Dole battled back from being severely wounded during World War II to become a five-term U.S. senator and the Republican Party's 1996 presidential nominee.

Dole, 97, shared his diagnosis on Twitter.

Dole suffered serious wounds in Italy during World War II that resulted in a long hospitalization. He also received two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars for his military service.

"I had a dream - that I would be here this historic week, receiving something from the president".

"I haven't known a better public servant, a man with a bigger heart, someone more focused on the good of the nation, more opposed to political drama, or a more incredible negotiator than [Dole]", Sen.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat, called Dole a friend and tweeted wishes for a speedy recovery.