Former GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole is endorsing Jeb Bush for president and will serve as the 2016 GOP candidate’s chairman for veterans outreach.
“I consider nearly all the Republican candidates to be my friends, but I have determined that Jeb Bush is the most qualified,” Dole said in a prepared statement issued by the Bush campaign Wednesday morning. “Jeb has the proven leadership skills and executive experience needed to fix the problems facing our country — from the anemic economy to America’s weakened standing among world leaders. Jeb’s conservative reform agenda and forward looking vision on issues including 4 percent economic growth, defeating ISIS and taking care of our veterans are in stark contrast to Hillary Clinton’s strategy to continue the failed policies of the present Administration. I will do all I can to be helpful to Jeb’s campaign.”
The 92-year-old Dole served in World War II, where he was a 2nd lieutenant in the Army’s 10th Mountain Division.
He was first elected to Congress in 961, and was President Gerald Ford‘s running mate in 1976. He ran twice unsuccessfully for president, losing out to Ronald Reagan in 1980 and to George H.W. Bush in the bid for the Republican nomination for president in 1988. He was the party’s presidential nominee in 1996, but he lost by 8 percentage points to Bill Clinton.
“Bob Dole is an American hero,” Bush told Fox News’ Bill Hemmer Wednesday. “I’m so honored to have his support.”
“Bob Dole is someone who is just an iconic political figure. I admire him so much,” Bush said. “He reminds me of my dad. These are people from the Greatest Generation that have served selflessly this country in so many ways.”