WASHINGTON - Former Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas checked himself into Walter Reed Army Medical Center for what his spokeswoman described as a routine procedure.
Spokeswoman Marion Watkins said Dole, 89, is "doing very well" and is expected to leave the hospital today.
Dole's name drew mention as the Senate on Tuesday debated a U.N. treaty promoting equal rights for the disabled. Dole overcame disabling war wounds to forge a 36-year political career. In the early 1990s, he underwent successful surgery for prostate cancer and in 2001 he had surgery to treat an aneurysm.
Dole was the Republican nominee for president in 1996, losing to Bill Clinton.