Bob Dole: Paul, ‘Extreme Right-Wing’ Cruz Don’t Have Experience to Run in 2016
Former Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole weighed in on his party’s likely 2016 contenders recently, and concluded that some of the most talked-about names just aren’t ready yet. In a new interview with the Wichita Eagle, Dole calls out Ted Cruz and Rand Paul specifically to say they lack the experience to run in 2016.
He takes a few shots at Obamacare too, calling the rollout a “disaster” and casting serious doubt on the administration’s claims they successfully enrolled 7 million people, while charging that Democrats don’t get nearly the kind of blame Republicans do for partisan gridlock and congressional inaction.
But Dole also had a few unfiltered thoughts on his own party’s chances in the next election, and took on a number of Republicans, including the man who publicly dissed Dole’s failed presidential campaign at CPAC this year.
“A number of the younger members, first-termers like Rand Paul, (Marco) Rubio and that extreme-right-wing guy – Ted Cruz? All running for president now.
“I don’t think they’ve got enough experience yet.”
Last year Dole was very critical of his own party, suggesting the GOP should put up a “closed for repairs” sign.
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