These washed-up GOP moderates just do wonders to help bring the party together, huh? Yes, let’s hand a guy crushed in a landslide nearly 20 years ago a megaphone to trash the new blood of the party and watch the media eagerly trumpet everything he says. In other news, Bob Dole is still alive.
Former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) said a number of junior GOP senators considering a presidential run in 2016 do not yet have the experience — specifically naming Rand Paul (Ky.), Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ted Cruz (Texas).
The former 1996 GOP presidential candidate sounded particularly skeptical of Cruz in an interview this week with The Wichita Eagle.
“A number of the younger members, first-termers like Rand Paul, Rubio and that extreme-right-wing guy, Ted Cruz — all running for president now. I don’t think they’ve got enough experience yet,” Dole said.
The 90-year-old former senator said, however, his main concern about 2016 is living to see it through.
“If not … I plan to vote absentee,” he joked.
Last month, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called on Cruz to apologize to Dole after a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in which Cruz said Dole and other former GOP presidential candidates had not stood on principle.
“All of us remember President Dole, and President McCain and President Romney,” Cruz said at the time. “Now, look, those are good men, they’re decent men, but when you don’t stand and draw a clear distinction, when you don’t stand for principle, Democrats celebrate.”
Dole said Cruz is “way out there” on the extremes of the party and defended his own record, calling himself one of President Reagan’s top supporters.
That’s all well and good, but it’s 2014 and Dole’s time has passed.