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Bob Dole Hospitalized, Described As 'Infirm,' 'Sick' By Harry Reid

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 1996 file photo, Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole delivers his acceptance speech during the Republican National Convention in San Diego. Mitt Romney did not mention the war in Afghanistan, where 79,000 US troops are fighting, in his speech accepting the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday. The last time a Republican presidential nominee did not address war was 1952, when Dwight Eisenhower spoke generally about American power and spreading freedom around the world but did not explicitly mention armed conflict. Below are examples of how other Republican nominees have addressed the issue over the years, both in peacetime and in war. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 15, 1996 file photo, Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole delivers his acceptance speech during the Republican National Convention in San Diego. Mitt Romney did not mention the war in Afghanistan, where 79,000 US troops are fighting, in his speech accepting the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday. The last time a Republican presidential nominee did not address war was 1952, when Dwight Eisenhower spoke generally about American power and spreading freedom around the world but did not explicitly mention armed conflict. Below are examples of how other Republican nominees have addressed the issue over the years, both in peacetime and in war. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier, File)

Former Republican presidential nominee and former Kansas Senator Bob Dole has been hospitalized, CBS News reports.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Dole's hospitalization Tuesday on the Senate floor.

"He is at Walter Reed not for a checkup," Reid said. "He is there because he is infirm. He is sick."

Reid said he spoke to Dole a few days ago.

UPDATE -- 5:37 p.m.: An assistant to Dole told CBS News in an email that Dole is in the hospital for a "routine" procedure and will leave tomorrow.

"[He's] doing well and watching the CRPD debate on CSPAN 2," Dole's assistant said.

On Tuesday Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) read a letter from Dole on the Senate floor urging the passage of the Convention of Persons with Disabilities, or CPRD, which addresses disability rights.

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