Skip to comments.US election: Bob Dole urges Mitt Romney to confront Republican party right wing
Posted on 08/23/2012 4:45:31 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Bob Dole, the last Republican to challenge a Democratic president, has urged Mitt Romney to confront their party's Right wing and likened the Romney-Ryan ticket to his own ultimately unsuccessful partnership with Jack Kemp in 1996.
Mr Dole, a former Kansas Senator defeated by Bill Clinton 16 years ago, said the party should follow his example of "mainstream" Republicanism and become more appealing to ethnic minorities and young people to secure its future.
"We have got to be open," he said in an interview with The Daily Telegraph. "We cannot be a single-issue party or single-philosophy party". He added: "There's a big split in our party. There's this undercurrent of rigid conservatism where you don't dare not toe the line".
The intervention from the Republican elder statesman comes after Todd Akin, an ultraconservative Missouri congressman, hijacked Mr Romney's preparations for the party's convention in Florida next week with his controversial remarks on abortion and "legitimate rape".
Mr Dole, now 89, disclosed that he had advised Mr Romney on running for president during a meeting at his Washington office in November. He said the former Massachusetts governor showed "flexibility" and a willingness to forge the type of bipartisan deals rejected by current Republican leaders in Congress.
He conceded that the presidential hopeful, who has an estimated $250 million (£160 million) fortune, had struggled to charm American voters still suffering from economic woe...
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I thank him for his brave service in World War II and respectfully ask him to go back to the day room and have his nurse make him a nice hot cocoa and turn the channel to MSNBC.
Good strategy. And lose in a landslide.
GOP losers are really the biggest losers and they are the best in the profession of losers. In fact, if there is one thing the GOP elite are really good at it is losing.
And of the truly elite among the elite of elite GOP losers you have the Bob Dole and John McCain.
Mr. viagra proves once again that he’s nothing more than a d*@K!
I’ll bet Viagra can’t stop him from rolling off the bed.
Bob Dolt, master political strategist.
Bub Dull, a loser for all time!
Romney has been successful in his endeavors over the years precisely because he doesn’t take advice from losers.
Business Insider should be renamed Crony Capitalist Insider. They have been shameless Obama whores for 4 years.
Bob Dole is raking in gazillions as a crony communist lobbyist.
Like other crony communists, he doesn't want to see his lucrative gravy train grind to a halt.
F'em all. Cut the purse strings.
Dole’s brain has been fried from overdosing on Viagra. he needs to sit at home and STFU.
His time is over.
Before you get all riled up, this comment from the source is worth looking into:
“The author of this article misrepresents Mr Dole’s advice for reasons of his own. Mr Dole in no way ,shape, or form, is suggesting that Mr Romney distance himself from the tea party. Mr Dole never referenced them as the extreme right wing of the party. To me, that describes the bible thumping anti-abortion crew.”
Would someone please shut this senile old coot up?
When the heck did Romney ever particularly cozy up to the Tea Party to begin with? I sure never saw it. Never cozied up to the social conservatives either. Nor the economic libertarian crowd. Just the same old big-government “ruling class” that Dole himself represented. Dole should be happy.
I have a better idea.
How about a law that says losers of presidential elections must have their vocal cords surgically removed the day after the election?
That would shut up assclowns like Dolt.
When Bob Dole takes Viagra his whole body gets stiff.
Why doesnt he just shut his pie hole and get back to what he was doing!
That happens to me when I overindulge in Jack Daniels, hehehe
Oh. So HE was the idiot. Thanks, Bob.
Let me see if I have THE FACTS RIGHT!
This Tea Party guy will say anything to save every baby, even stupid stuff..
On the other side, we have a woman who will lie about everything to kill as many as she can?
Yep.. KILL HIM... Geeeeze
Dude never won a single national election.
Who needs his advice.
And for referring to himself in the third person.
Interpretation: “We can't stand for anything because we might offend someone.”
Is he still wandering around in the left wing of that nursing home???
Honestly, this appears to be what happens to people who spend their entire lives in politics, and in the beltway. They start to believe in the alternative reality that emanates from Washington. In reality the democratic party an extremist party, and the strategy of the right should be to paint them as such - because it’s true.
The current administration has had avowed communists in its inner circle (e.g. Van Jones), has at its helm a guy who adamantly defended partial birth abortion, essentially bought GM and gave it to the unions, refused to prosecute absolute voting place violations by the Black Panthers, is sucking over 750 billion dollars away from medicare, has a law student who things condoms should be free acting as a spokesperson, etc. etc., but Dole thinks Romney should step back from a diverse group of Americans who think that the Boston Tea Party was a good thing and believe that they shouldn’t be taxed more to pay for a government that annually spends more than it has? He is clearly not in touch with reality.
Once a SQUISHY MODERATE always a SQUISHY MODERATE.
Yo' great uncle Bob....
Thanks for your service to our country...
.... in war and and elected office.
NOW SHUT YOUR PIE HOLE!...
Another RINO sounds off.
“BOB DOLE: Mitt Romney Needs To Back Away From The Tea Party”
Dole (whom I believe Newt referred to as a “bagman for the welfare state”, or something similar) must be getting concerned that Romney is not leading with his chin like Dole and McCain did. It’s got to be very disconcerting to these establishment party hacks when they see a Republican presidential nominee who doesn’t seem to understand he’s supposed to throw the contest.
Unlike those two Senators, I think Governor Romney actually wants to live in the White House.
A white flag won’t get the Socialist New Democrats to stop their revolution to upend America forever.
With useless old bags like this freak, GOP will have even harder time attracting the yoooo-th.
Except for unsolicited political advice, probably the biggest decision he makes anymore is whether to have vanilla or chocolate pudding for dessert.
“Well, on the pudding issue, Bob Dole has always stood for vanilla. So that is what Bob Dole will have.”
Bob, it’s your turn to shut up.
Hey, Dole, KMA!
Wow, you can’t make this stuff up.
Dole is such a has-been.
” - - - showed “flexibility” and a willingness to forge the type of bipartisan deals - - - .”
Duh, that RINO mentality is exactly what has resulted in 16 TRILLION dollars in National Debt.
BTW, didn’t Obama promise that he would be “more flexible with Putin after the November election? Bob Dole must be proud that his ideas live on - - - .
(See: Dole, Gore, Kerry, McCain, Obama . . .)
Okay Bob.... will you please now go help Ozero with his campaign. He really wants your insight and help. He said he loves you and needs your help now! Thank you.
Their founder is a Trig Truther. What do ya expect>?
Where exactly does Mr. Dole think the party is too right wing/conservative? Mr. Dole should the party adopt legalized abortion on its plank? How about increased taxes or better yet spending?
I love it when these establishment Republicans say the party is too right wing without ever defining what specifically it is at that time to be right wing. Its never defined.