Former Republican Senate Majority leader, and 1996 GOP presidential candidate, Bob Dole, 89, said in an interview today on Fox that he doubts he could make it in today’s Republican party since he’s a “mainstream conservative Republican,” and the party is farther to the right than that now.
Dole adds that there’s “no doubt about it” that the filibuster is being abused today, which is interesting since it’s his party using it.
Dole also said that Nixon and Reagan wouldn’t make it either – Nixon, because “he has ideas.”
BOB DOLE: I think they ought to put a sign on the national committee [the RNC]: ‘Doors closed for repairs until New Years Day,’ and spend that time going over ideas and positive agendas.”
CHRIS WALLACE: Could people like Bob Dole, even Ronald Reagan, could you make it in today’s republican party?
BOB DOLE: I doubt it. Reagan couldn’t have made it. Certainly Nixon couldn’t have made it because he has ideas. We might have made it, but I doubt it.
CHRIS WALLACE: Too moderate, too willing to compromise?
BOB DOLE: I just consider myself a Republican, not all this hyphenated stuff. I was a mainstream conservative Republican, most people are in that category.
This is similar to Colin Powell’s criticism of the Republican Party’s intolerance few months ago:
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday and had some strong words for his fellow GOP members: “The Republican party needs to take a very hard look at itself and understand that the country has changed.” Powell criticized the GOP of today for everything from their views on climate change to taxes. Most importantly? The party has a “dark vein of intolerance” running through it and “if they don’t change” along with America’s changing demographics, “they are going to be in trouble.”
Here’s the Dole video from this morning: