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Bob Dole Urges Mitt Romney To Confront The Republican Party's Right Wing
Telegraph article via Business Insider ^ | 8-23-2012 | Jon Swaine

Posted on 08/23/2012 9:19:55 PM PDT by blam

Bob Dole Urges Mitt Romney To Confront The Republican Party's Right Wing

Jon Swaine, The Telegraph
August 23, 2012, 5:34 PM

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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. "They may not be enamoured with some wealthy candidate," he said. "But I think Romney will be a great president with his business background and wonderful family."

He described Mr Romney and Paul Ryan, his running mate, as a "great team", noting a similarity between Mr Romney and himself. "When he said he could work across the aisle, it caught my attention, because that's what I tried to do," he said.

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1 posted on 08/23/2012 9:20:03 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

I would urge that Bob Dole STFU! Loser!

Isn’t he dead yet?


2 posted on 08/23/2012 9:24:00 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: blam

Let’s go to Bob Dole for advice on winning a presidential election.


3 posted on 08/23/2012 9:25:15 PM PDT by DManA
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To: blam

Past loser advises future loser to confront Conservatives.

Fixed it.


4 posted on 08/23/2012 9:25:29 PM PDT by Mormon Cricket
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Between Dole and McCain, we have had enough of the nice middle of the road to appease everyone and where did it get the Republicans - the Democrats won. Either people are conservative or they are not.


5 posted on 08/23/2012 9:25:53 PM PDT by YukonGreen
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This is no longer the age of Zel Miller, Mr Dole.


6 posted on 08/23/2012 9:26:40 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: blam

GOP is the right wing party. Confronting the right wing means you’re really a DEM


7 posted on 08/23/2012 9:26:59 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: blam

Tell President Dole to shut up.


8 posted on 08/23/2012 9:27:37 PM PDT by Patrick1 (" Let's all pray Kim Kardashian's divorce won't have an impact on her craft.")
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To: blam

Tell President Dole to shut up.


9 posted on 08/23/2012 9:27:37 PM PDT by Patrick1 (" Let's all pray Kim Kardashian's divorce won't have an impact on her craft.")
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To: blam

Tell President Dole to shut up.


10 posted on 08/23/2012 9:27:44 PM PDT by Patrick1 (" Let's all pray Kim Kardashian's divorce won't have an impact on her craft.")
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Bob Dole Urges Mitt Romney To Confront The Republican Party's Right Wing

If Mitt asks me not to vote for him, I will comply.

11 posted on 08/23/2012 9:27:50 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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Bob Dole was reaching across to the wrong part of the aisle with Viagra and his liking of Brittany Spears.


12 posted on 08/23/2012 9:28:26 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: YukonGreen
Rush called Bob Dole the Losing wing of the party

Like Akin he was Democrats best Republican

Only made statement I liked

Said if Clinton is relected there will be a scandal a week

13 posted on 08/23/2012 9:28:35 PM PDT by scooby321 (AMS)
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Bob Dole? A real winner for the party, was he. Isn't he dead?


14 posted on 08/23/2012 9:29:34 PM PDT by garjog
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To: blam

Bob Dole came out of WWII a winner. He came out as a POTUSA candidate a loser. The trend continues. Just an opinion from another WWII vet.


15 posted on 08/23/2012 9:29:51 PM PDT by noinfringers2
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To: blam
Robert Dole - liberal Republican -defeated.

John McCain - liberal Republican - defeated

Willard Romney - liberal Republican - ???????????? we shall see.

Mr. Dole needs to ride into the sunset and not give the adcvice he followed which caused the republican lose the presidential election.

16 posted on 08/23/2012 9:30:08 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter (<)
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Rush talked today about the “Moron Vote” and how the Democrats think they can depend on it to win the Presidential election. Maybe the Republicans should try to go after the “Moron Vote” too.


17 posted on 08/23/2012 9:30:08 PM PDT by Reddon
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To: blam

Do these old dinosaurs ever just fade away?


18 posted on 08/23/2012 9:30:17 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: 4rcane

4rcane nails it.


19 posted on 08/23/2012 9:30:21 PM PDT by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: blam

Go ahead. Lose the election.


20 posted on 08/23/2012 9:30:38 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Jim from C-Town
Unfortunately,, Dole is trying to defeat conservatives here in KS too. Totally despise Bob Dole and am glad he was never President.
21 posted on 08/23/2012 9:30:46 PM PDT by KansasGirl ("If you have a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."--B. Hussein Obama)
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22 posted on 08/23/2012 9:30:57 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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Says the winner(’76,”96) of two national elections....not!!

Funny he says this when Romney selecting Ryan signaling a rightward shift has led to a surge in the latest polls (hopefully the trend continues).


23 posted on 08/23/2012 9:31:44 PM PDT by ctpsb (Thanks.)
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