GOP should be ‘Closed for repairs,’ says Dole
May 26th, 2013
11:49 AM ET
8 years ago

GOP should be ‘Closed for repairs,’ says Dole

(CNN) – National Republicans have shifted so drastically in the past decade that the party’s most vaunted figure - former President Ronald Reagan - would no longer find a home in the GOP, former Sen. Bob Dole claimed Sunday.

“Reagan couldn’t have made it,” Dole said, adding he too would also have faced challenges in today’s Republican Party.

Instead of operating day-to-day in a nonelection year, the national party should focus on broader plans to rehabilitate itself after the losses of 2012, the former Kansas lawmaker said.

“I think they ought to put a sign on the national committee doors that says ‘Closed for repairs’ until New Year’s Day next year. Spend that time going over ideas and positive agendas,” Dole, who was the Republican nominee for president in 1996, said on “Fox News Sunday.”

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He also assigned blame for Washington’s current state of gridlock to President Barack Obama, who he argued was failing to bridge divides between the capital’s ideological camps.

“I think that the president, he lacks communication skills with his own party, let alone the Republican Party. And he’s on the road too much,” Dole said, quipping Obama was a “good golfer.”

“I think one mistake he’s made was not getting together more with Congress early on in his first administration. There's nothing like knowing the person you are talking to on the telephone, if you had an opportunity to sit down with that person and visit - not about anything, but just visit."

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soundoff (469 Responses)
  1. more2bits

    I beg to differ–Congress should be closed.

    May 26, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. gizmowiz

    If anything Congress should be closed and told to stop catering to business and tax loopholes.

    May 26, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  3. D.Mama

    TheGOP is the party of hate. They hate this, they hate that! I think people are geting fed up with all the nonsense!

    May 26, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. ED FL

    Bob Dole forgets that he is one of the reasons the GOP have become He and the GOP from his era are the ones that caused this inept Political party to become a shame and a sham. You helped cause it so live with it!!!!

    May 26, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. ODWN

    It would take more than 6 months to fix the problem with the GOP. A thousand years won't be enough. Best to tear this house to the ground and build a new one.

    May 26, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |

    It would take more than 6 months to fix the problem with the GOP. A thousand years won't be enough.

    May 26, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  7. DB

    Unfortunately I think that Dole is correct. I doubt I will see another Republican President in my life time and I am only 66 years old.

    May 26, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  8. bhockey47

    Well Bob, I always knew you had a brain, a sharp one too. Thank you. Should I have the sign made?

    May 26, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  9. Ross

    "moderate (progressives)" when referring to the GOP is a MAJOR, MAJOR oxymoron. They have already been purged from the party. You now have to live with McConnell, Cruz, Rubio, Rand, Bachman, Palin, Limbaugh, Hannity, Issa, West, etc. (scary gaggle of people isn't it)There are too many to list. None of those listed will ever measure up to the class and professionalism a Sen.Dole.
    former Republican

    May 26, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  10. Chris Swigert

    Intertesting how he says that both he and Reagan would have a hard time dealing with the current Republican party and then he blames all the problems on Obama's inability to deal with them. That doesn't add up.

    May 26, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  11. Steve D.

    Major elements of the GOP claimed or supported claims Obama wasn't a citizen. They said he was a communist, a socialist, an Islamist, a foreigner. They said he was part of an international plot to destroy the country. They said he was plotting to arrest, kill, brainwash, his opponents. This all came from major elements of the GOP and was supported and repeated by GOP leadership.

    Now, tell me again how the bad relationship between Obama and the GOP is his fault?

    May 26, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  12. Barbra & Jack Donachy

    We find ourselves in disbelieve, wondering when in the world the Republican Party became against things like clean water and clean air – Americans of ALL parties used to pride themselves on showing the world how to keep our country clean.

    May 26, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  13. jonnyg

    Now we know what happens to wrinkled up politicians, they get senile

    May 26, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  14. Brendan

    Ya I'll bet the Democrats would love a single party system. That's why they loved the time period from ~1930-1980, it was basically 60 years of single party system. China is the model. I personally vote for both Democrats and Republicans because I think the worst thing that can happen to a country is to have a single party system.

    May 26, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  15. Brendan

    It's funny that Democrats tell the GOP to listen to famous losers. They love McCain and Dole, no doubt in 10 years they'll be pointing to the Massachusetts moderate Mitt Romney as a model for the GOP. So transparent.

    May 26, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  16. Samuel Chan

    Right on, Mr. Dole. The GOP needs more members like you. Or like me: a libertarian who proudly voted for Congressman Ron Paul in the last 2 presidential primaries. I hate George Walker Bush for misleading us into the war in Iraq; it just wasn't worth all our sacrifices, especially when we have many problems here at home like the growing gap between the haves and the have-nots, and increasingly pricey higher education. (Hello, Mr. Compassionate Conservative?)
    I hope and pray that many white fascists are blaming G.W. Bush and company for helping put Pres. Obama in the White House. I proudly voted for Obama in the last 2 presidential elections as protest against the national Republican platform, and am inclined to support Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky in 2016.

    May 26, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. Steve

    Reminds me of the civil war divisions. Republican is south and Democratic is north.

    May 26, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  18. Tumek

    Bob Dole's presidential campaign ranks right up there with John McCain's as the worst in modern times.

    May 26, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  19. BOB

    Thanks Bob...

    May 26, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  20. g

    its the effects of reagan ,defunding mental illness ,he new he would have no party left, if treated

    May 26, 2013 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  21. GI Joe

    What is Obama supposed to do? He invited some that told him no. He asked them to meet and come up with something in the middle and they said no. It's impossible to work with someone that says no all the time.

    May 26, 2013 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  22. tasaad

    From the very beginning of President Obama's presidency, Republicans have avoided any contact with him. Republicans do not want to be seen next to him, look at the flack Governor Christy faced right after Sandy. It is over for any Republican who even hints at agreeing with the President's stance on any idea.

    May 26, 2013 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  23. Len

    Democrats and all progressives will vote in 2014. Donor repeat 2010..Get out and vote.

    May 26, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  24. CHUCK

    Hey paddylol,
    I wish you luck with your list. See you in 2014.

    May 26, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  25. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    No one can communicate with today's Republican Party. It has gone completely insane.

    May 26, 2013 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
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