Dole calls old Iowa allies to push Romney
December 29th, 2011
02:52 PM ET
11 years ago

Dole calls old Iowa allies to push Romney

(CNN) - Bob Dole is calling Republican leaders in Iowa to make the case for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, according to a longtime Dole ally in Washington and two Republican sources in Iowa who were among those contacted.

Dole, who placed first in the Iowa caucus in 1996 before going on to become the Republican nominee, is personally making the appeals to veteran activists who supported Dole's own campaign in the Hawkeye State.

The former senator from Kansas is painting Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, as the candidate with the strongest shot of beating President Barack Obama. He's making the case to the activists that pushing Romney to a win in Iowa would help preserve the legitimacy of the first-in-the-nation caucus.

The former Dole ally in Washington said the calls were not an extensive effort, but just calls to several of the former candidate's longtime supporters in the state.

Both Dole, who served as Senate majority leader, and his wife, former Sen. Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina, have come out in support of Romney.

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Filed under: 2012 • Bob Dole • Iowa • Mitt Romney
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. diridi

    Young generation needs to step in. Enough of these old idiots, at this age, they do not and can not think properly. Why his picture....shame America, shame. Pass term-limits on congress and senate.

    December 29, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. andy

    Dr. Ron Paul has an appointment with destiny, as next president of the United States and no amount of desperate acts, such as the above, can stop him. Of course he will need the protection that the last great American President didn't get, John F. Kennedy.

    December 29, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    These old timers want to make sure the one person that can beat Obama gets the nomination. Romney certainly can't be attacked on his personal life. Attacking his religious beliefs leaves bad taste in peoples mouths. That leaves his past employment and political experience and I would stack that up ANY DAY against that failure in the Whitehouse.

    Just keep hammering home Obamacare MUST be removed and that means OBAMA MUST BE REMOVED, along with Democrats in the House and Senate. Many Americans are going to vote on this one issue. It was key in the 2010 Democrat massacre and will be key in the 2012 Democrat extinction.

    December 29, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. Logic in LA

    And so the Grand OLD Party shows it's legacy.

    December 29, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. Pete Philadelphia

    One of three things is going to happen:
    1. Ron Paul doesn't get the nomination and runs as a third party candidate: The new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll suggests Ron Paul would win 18 percent as a third-party candidate running against Obama and Romney. Obama wins.
    2. Ron Paul drops out: fervent and stubborn Ron Paul supporters stay home or write him in. Obama wins.
    3. Ron Paul gets the GOP nomination: Ron Paul gets the following voters: (a. 2008 Obama voters who thought they were going to get 'Change', (b. 2008 Obama voters who voted to end the wars, (c. the VAST majority of the Independent vote, (d. the entire GOP voting block who dislikes Obama enough to vote for Ron Paul instead. (e. Ron Paul supporters coming out to vote in DROVES. Ron Paul wins.

    December 29, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    And they plan to count the ballots in secret.

    December 29, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. billyslap

    no surprise that a loosing candidate would suport a loosing candidate, mitt cant win because he cant get the traditional bible christian vote and mormonism/joseph smith is not like bible christianity, only Ron Paul can beat obama

    December 29, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. Jamie from Riverside

    Bob Dole is still alive?

    December 29, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. Woman In California

    So, the Elephant Man speaks once again.

    December 29, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. Thomas

    Dole , a veteran of WW2 .

    Why would he support a candidate who's five sons avoided military service .

    Times have changed in the GOP party.

    December 29, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    "Romney certainly can't be attacked on his personal life."

    Apparently you unfamiliar with his record of cruelty to animals.

    December 29, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Gee, one washed up mainstream elitist neocon deathcult member endorsing washed up mainstream elitist neocon deathcult member? What a surprise! NOT. This is all party of Rove's Plan to Elect the Next Neocon Robot. It's all really obvious to those who have eyes to see.

    December 29, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth:

    These old timers want to make sure the one person that can beat Obama gets the nomination.
    Now you know why they plan to count the ballots in secret. Iowa Republicans should ought to be outraged.

    December 29, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. Jason

    This is what happens when you take too much Viagra, folks. Sheer lunacy and a sabotaged vascular system.

    December 29, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. Ricardo

    Idiots endorce idiot. Who cares. Palin 2012

    December 29, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. Ricardo

    Romney is the candidate with the lowest personality in all GOP field. Anyone who endorce him is the same as he is.

    December 29, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |

    Wingnut teabaggers better prepare to have Romney crammed their throats. The fix is in. Obama 2012!

    December 29, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |