Biden pays a visit to ailing former GOP Sen. Bob Dole
President Joe Biden's motorcade departs the Watergate complex after Biden made a stop to visit with former Sen. Bob Dole, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden paid a visit Saturday to former Sen. Bob Dole, days after the World War II veteran and 1996 Republican presidential nominee announced he'd been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Biden, who served in the Senate with Dole for more than two decades, arrived Saturday afternoon at the Watergate complex where Dole, 97, and his wife, Elizabeth, have maintained a longtime residence. “He’s doing well,” Biden said of Dole, after departing Holy Trinity Catholic Church later Saturday evening. Dole had unsuccessfully sought the GOP nomination in 1980 and 1988, and he was President Gerald Ford’s vice presidential running mate in 1976, when Ford lost to Democrat Jimmy Carter.
Bob Dole says he's been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer
Bob Dole, a former longtime senator and the 1996 Republican presidential nominee, announced Thursday that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Dole, 97, said in a short statement that he was diagnosed recently and would begin treatment on Monday. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty ImagesAfter his last run for office in 1996, Dole continued to be involved in Republican politics, offering endorsements and commenting on public issues. Dole overcame disabling war wounds sustained near the end of World War II to forge his lengthy political career. A lawyer, Dole served in the Kansas House and as Russell County attorney before being elected to the U.S. House in 1960.cbsnews.com
Bob Dole says he's been diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer
FILE - In this July 18, 2016 file photo, political icon and 1996 Republican presidential nominee Sen. Bob Dole is seen at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Dole says he has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribuTOPEKA, Kan. – Bob Dole, a former longtime senator and the 1996 Republican presidential nominee, announced Thursday that he has been diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, a Republican who holds the seat Dole once did, expressed sadness at the cancer diagnosis and offered his prayers. He remained the Republicans' longest-serving Senate leader, at nearly 11 1/2 years, until current Minority Leader Mitch McConnell broke the record in 2018.
Bob Dole, former senator and Republican presidential candidate, diagnosed with stage four lung cancer
Bob Dole, a former U.S. senator and Republican presidential candidate, announced Thursday that he was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. "Recently, I was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. The Kansan senator was also Gerald Ford's vice presidential nominee in his 1976 campaign, and shortly after tested the waters in the Republican presidential primaries in 1980. Dole supported Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, telling PBS NewsHour that Trump "is a strong leader and he is someone who can work with Congress. More recently, Dole said he felt the Commission on Presidential Debates unfairly treated Trump during the 2020 presidential debates.cnbc.com
Column: Trump will leave, but his toxic politics are here to stay
More than a week after election day, Trump is still refusing to accept the simple arithmetic of the electoral vote: He lost to Joe Biden. Instead of accepting defeat, the president is charging fraud, even though his lawyers have failed to produce any evidence of significant errors. The two GOP candidates in Georgia’s Senate runoff have promised to pursue charges of election fraud even though Republicans ran the election there. But by keeping the myth of election fraud alive, the president is doing something his modern predecessors never did: He’s actively damaging his successor’s prospects of success. He will leave the White House the same way he governed: gracelessly, chaotically, putting his own interests first — and heedless of the damage he does to American democracy along the way.latimes.com
Candidate concessions have been colorful, funny — or absent
FILE - In this Nov. 4, 1992, file photo, President George H.W. Bill Clinton won the 1992 president election. Most concessions are gracious — less about the loser and more about closure for the country. “Just moments ago I spoke with George W. Bush and congratulated him on becoming the 43rd president of the United States. President John Adams was glum, too.
EXPLAINER: 1876 election holds record for highest turnout
The voter turnout for the 2020 presidential election was massive by recent standards. That year, 81.8% of eligible American voters went to the polls. But during the last two-thirds of the 19th century, voter turnout of more than 70 percent of those eligible was common — often reflecting sharp discord. The second highest turnout — 81.2 percent — was in 1860, when Abraham Lincoln defeated Stephen Douglas. In 1920 and 1924, turnout dropped to 49.2 percent and 48.9 percent, respectively, as women gained suffrage and the number of eligible voters doubled.
Race for Texas intensifies amid surging turnout, COVID cases
Texas' early votes exceeded the 8.9-plus million overall votes four the election years ago by Friday morning, according to an Associated Press tally. This year’s numbers were aided by Democratic activists challenging in court for, and winning, the right to extend early voting by one week amid the coronavirus pandemic. Texas voters don’t register by party affiliation. Early voting turnout in Hidalgo County, which includes McAllen, was just over 44%. Joining Harris was former Texas Democratic congressman and presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, who knocked on doors trying to increase turnout.
Biden, Harris dodge questions about Supreme Court expansion
PHOENIX – There are few topics that Joe Biden isn't willing to opine on — except the Supreme Court. The debate is likely to intensify next week when Senate Republicans start confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett. The progressive movement clamoring for a larger Supreme Court also wants a single-payer health insurance system, tuition-free college for all Americans and a complete phase-out of fossil fuels. “They’re denying the American people the one shot they have, under constitutional law, to be able have their input” by electing a president, Biden said. As Judiciary chair in 1987, he presided over a hearing and vote that ended with conservative luminary Robert Bork being denied a Supreme Court seat.
Trump, Biden appeal to Catholics at virtual charity dinner
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden appealed to the nation's Roman Catholic voters on Thursday during a charity dinner that traditionally has been used to promote collegiality and good humor. The event comes as Biden and Trump make fierce plays for Catholic voters, a large swath of the electorate that spans the U.S. political spectrum, including a significant slice of swing voters in battleground states. Trump’s appearance at the dinner four years ago along with Democratic rival Hillary Clinton produced some laughs, but several cringe-worthy moments, too. When Trump described Clinton as corrupt, he crossed the line for many of those in attendance and was booed loudly. On Thursday, Trump sought to highlight his administration's accomplishments benefiting Catholic voters.
'Justice Joan' Larsen emerges as finalist for Supreme Court
In just five years, Joan L. Larsen has gone from a little-known University of Michigan legal scholar to a prominent federal appeals court judge and now a candidate for the high court. For Trump, picking Larsen could give him a boost in the critical battleground state of Michigan, where she has raised her two children, advanced her career and won election to the state Supreme Court. At 52, Larsen would be a candidate who could serve on the high court for three decades or longer. Rick Snyder appointed her to fill a vacancy on the state Supreme Court in September 2015, praising her as a “superb attorney” who had experience in government, academia and private practice. She said that Scalia taught her “that the law governs, not personal interest.”Larsen is married to University of Michigan law professor Adam Pritchard.
Kansas Senate race tests GOP leaders' power to block Kobach
Trump didnt intervene to help Rep. Roger Marshall in a crowded field, despite prodding from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others. Trump didnt intervene to help Rep. Roger Marshall in a crowded field, despite prodding from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others. The GOP already faces a potentially tough year in trying to retain its 53-47 Senate majority with competitive races in other states, including Arizona, Colorado and Maine. Counties could accept ballots until Friday so long as they were postmarked Tuesday, creating uncertainty that the GOP Senate primary would be decided before then. He also had the backing of 97-year-old political icon Bob Dole, the former U.S. Senate majority leader and 1996 GOP presidential nominee.
'Everyone's watching': Biden's VP audition process begins
FILE - In this March 9, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign rally at Renaissance High School in Detroit. Thats especially true this time as the pandemic has overtaken the presidential campaign, forcing those thought to be in the running for the No. The audition to become the next vice president has begun. That's especially true this time as the pandemic has overtaken the presidential campaign, forcing those thought to be in the running for the No. Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden began the process of selecting a running mate in earnest on Thursday by announcing a committee to vet potential candidates.
The fight to build a President Eisenhower memorial
Congress authorized a memorial to be built in honor of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington, D.C., but plans are in limbo over the design. Now backers are saying enough is enough, and former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole is leading the campaign to get funding for the national memorial. Julianna Goldman reports.cbsnews.com