Bob Dole Gives Donald Trump Most Tepid Possible Endorsement

Bob DoleSpeaking to NPR’s Morning Edition in an interview released Friday, former Sen. Bob Dole indicated that he would vote for Donald Trump, but sounded less than enthusiastic about it.

“I’ve been a Republican all my life and I know that both candidates are flawed and Trump has done some things that would curl your hair,” Dole said. “Things that he shouldn’t have said. Some Republicans have said, Oh I can’t vote for Trump.’ I have an obligation to the party. I mean what am I gonna do? I cant vote for George Washington.”

Dole added that he had called Trump to “congratulate him for toning down the rhetoric.” Dole added that Trump was “on the right track” in this regard.

The Republican nominee for president in 1996 first endorsed Trump back in May, saying in a statement, “The voters of our country have turned out in record numbers to support Mr. Trump. It is important that their votes be honored and it is time that we support the party’s presumptive nominee.” 

Back in December, Dole had blasted Trump for his propensity for insulting the other candidates, but one month later he was signaling that he believed the real estate mogul could be a good deal-maker with Congress.

“I’ve made up my mind,” Dole said, adding that he hoped to be the senior adviser to the Trump campaign.

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