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Bob Dole Questions Cruz’s Allegiance to the GOP: We’ll Suffer Losses If He Wins

bob doleBob Dole has come out of the woodwork to join the full-scale attacks on Ted Cruz by establishment Republicans, warning that if he’s the GOP nominee, the party will suffer “cataclysmic” losses.

In an interview with The New York Times, Dole calls Cruz an “extremist” who will cost Republicans elections all over the country if he’s on the national ticket, and even said that Donald Trump would be preferable.

He said that unlike Cruz, Trump could “probably work with Congress, because he’s, you know, he’s got the right personality and he’s kind of a deal-maker.”

It’s worth noting here that Dole has endorsed Jeb Bush.

But perhaps most strikingly, Dole questioned Cruz’s allegiance to the Republican party:

“I question his allegiance to the party,” Mr. Dole said of Mr. Cruz. “I don’t know how often you’ve heard him say the word ‘Republican’ — not very often.” Instead, Mr. Cruz uses the word “conservative,” Mr. Dole said, before offering up a different word for Mr. Cruz: “extremist.”

Cruz is fond of saying on the campaign trail that Republicans can no longer pick men like Dole to be their general election nominees because GOP moderates don’t win national elections.

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