Bob Dole hospitalized at Walter Reed for low blood pressure
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Former Senate majority leader and Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole (Kan.), 94, was hospitalized for low blood pressure, a spokeswoman told The Associated Press on Friday.

Marion Watkins said Dole has been hospitalized in the Walter Reed Military Medical Center near Washington, D.C., for low blood pressure since Sept. 13, following a routine checkup. 

Dole tweeted on Friday thanking followers for their continued prayers, and said he hopes to be "home sipping a cosmo in a few days."

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“Right now they hope to release him within a matter of days," Watkins said. 

Dole served as the Senate majority leader twice over his 27 years in the Senate representing Kansas, serving in the House before that, and ran against former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonFeehery: Are you (October) surprised? Why must everything Rosenstein be filled with drama?   Judge denies bid to move lawsuit over Trump national monument rollbacks to Utah MORE as the Republican nominee in the 1996 general presidential election.

This month, Congress gave him one of the highest civilian honors the U.S. awards, the Congressional Gold Medal. The senator also earned two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for his service in World War II.