Skip to comments.Bob Dole Warns of ‘Cataclysmic’ Losses With Ted Cruz, and Says Donald Trump Would Do Better
Posted on 01/20/2016 1:23:56 PM PST by springwater13
Bob Dole, the former Kansas senator and 1996 Republican presidential nominee, has never been fond of Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. But in an interview Wednesday, Mr. Dole said that the party would suffer "cataclysmic" and "wholesale losses" if Mr. Cruz was the nominee, and that Donald J. Trump would fare better.
"I question his allegiance to the party,â Mr. Dole said of Mr. Cruz. "I don't know how often you've heard him say the word âRepublicanâ â not very often." Instead, Mr. Cruz uses the word "conservative," Mr. Dole said, before offering up a different word for Mr. Cruz: "extremist."
"I donât know how he's going to deal with Congress," he said. âNobody likes him."
But Mr. Dole said he thought Mr. Trump could "probably work with Congress, because he's, you know, he's got the right personality and heâs kind of a deal-maker."
The remarks by Mr. Dole reflect wider unease with Mr. Cruz among members of the Republican establishment, but few leading members of the party have been as candid and cutting.
"If heâs the nominee, we're going to have wholesale losses in Congress and state offices and governors and legislatures," said Mr. Dole, who served in the House and Senate for 35 years and won the Iowa caucuses twice. He described Mr. Cruz as having falsely "convinced the Iowa voters that heâs kind of a mainstream conservative."
The only person who could stop Mr. Cruz from capturing the nomination? "I think it's Trump," Mr. Dole said, adding that Mr. Trump was "gaining a little."
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Get outta Bob Dole’s chair.
He must know this from experience. Whaddaya think, Bob?
Wasn’t Dole like 94...10 years ago?
This is a pleasant surprise. Bob Dole can tell Bob Dole that I agree.
GOPe simply illogically thinks Trump bombs out in the general election against Clinton or anyone else. They are most scared of Cruz.
loser says what??
oh I LOL’d on that one.. I’m Bob Dole!
BOOM! This is Yuge! Bob Dole endorses Trump! Game set match baby!
Thank you for the advice Mr. Wendel Wilkie.
I actually respected a lot about Dole but he’s dead wrong about this.
No matter though. Nobody nowadays listens to Senator Dole or even knows who he was anymore.
maybe the anti-Trumpers can dig up Calvin Coolidge, too, to say the Donald’s no good?
Old Dole, exactly what’s wrong with the Rs. Ran for president, didn’t even know why, except that it was his turn.
Operation Chaos, head fake, from RINO.
I swear, I thought this guy had passed away years ago.
And we should listen to Dole because he was so successful in presidential campaigns.
A Trump supporter is saying this about someone else?!?
tit for tat
Falling in line behind a winner.
I think he actually did...
Uh oh...here comes the Bob Dole hatred thread.
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