Bob Dole says Cruz, Paul, and Rubio don’t have ‘enough experience’ for 2016 run

Failed Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole has some advice for the Republican Party ahead of the 2016 presidential election. In an interview with the Wichita Eagle, the 90-year-old explained why the party should shy away from ‘extreme-right-wing’ candidates like Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Marco Rubio (R-FL):

“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.”

Forget about the fact many conservatives would question Sen. Rubio’s ‘extreme-right-wing’ credentials, on radio this morning, Glenn was just so grateful Dole is around to warn him against falling prey to the likes of a Sen. Cruz or Paul.

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“Thank you, Bob,” Glenn said. “I was thinking there for a second: Maybe I was out of touch. And then I saw 90-year-old Bob Dole tell me, ‘No, Glenn. No, you are not mistaken. You are out of touch.’”

When you consider Dole’s metric for eligibility, President Obama certainly doesn’t qualify to be president – and neither did George Washington for that matter.

“[Dole doesn’t] think they have enough experience yet,” Glenn observed. “It’s weird because neither did George Washington. Weird. Neither did Ronald Reagan. Isn’t that weird? And yet Bob Dole had years of experience.”

“He really knows what he’s talking about,” Pat concluded. “It’s like Democrats listening to George McGovern.”

Front page image courtesy of the AP

  • Deckard426

    Dole needs “Do Not Resuscitate” bracelets on both arms, and a necklace, just to be sure.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn should re-read Bob Dole’s statement. I believe the only guy he called “extreme right wing” is Ted Cruz.

  • Derek Anderson

    That’s true, but Bob Dole doesn’t really have his finger on the pulse of conservatives. In fact, not sure how much of a pulse Bob Dole has.

  • james c

    Who woke him up from the Nursing home?

  • landofaahs

    Thanks Bob for your war service but your vast experience was not enough to beat Billy Clinton. You are an establishment republican who got rich off of politics and you got Potomac fever decades ago. We don’t need this vast experience more than the correct ideology and ability to see that big government and spending are the problem.

  • landofaahs

    Experience seems to mean wait until it’s your turn. It did not work so well for you Bob against Bill.

  • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Davenport

    Bob who?

  • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Davenport

    Is Bob Dole anyone even important?

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the input, “President” Dole… ohhhh, right…

  • Anonymous

    Bob dole is old and irrelevant. Why would anyone even consider listening to him? liberals and establishment repubs believe that he should be the “face” of the republican party. Old, irrelevant, white male…exactly what democrats would love to help them push their faulty talking points about republicans.

  • Yvonne Johnston

    Barack Obama had NO experience when he was elected, so how did he get elected?
    I will be helping get Dr. Ben Carson to run in 2016. He could easily beat HC because
    she can’t call him a racist. Read his story, he’s inspirational and smart.

  • Jim R

    Yeah, we can all see how well Bob Dole’s experience served him in his run for president.
    Go take another little blue pill and then go back to sleep, Bob.

  • Anonymous

    Got a point there but Glenn needed to be more accurate in his point. But, then again, not one of his greatest strengths – accuracy!

  • David Ellis

    After all BOB DOLE is an Expert at Running a Presidential Campaign,Right?

  • Crassus

    Bob Dole appears to have caught the John McCain Syndrome.

  • Crassus

    He taught Mitt Romney and John McCain everything they know about running for POTUS.

  • Jayne Nielsen

    “Extreme right-wing Conservatives”?! Really? Excuse me, Bob Dole, but how well did Republicans fair against someone who didn’t have any experience except with domestic terrorists, America haters, thugs, and corruption??? Please. You and the Establishment GOP are ‘has beens’ and America needs better! MUCH BETTER!!!

  • Anonymous

    we have a man in office for six years who to this day does not have as much experience as any of these men.

  • Anonymous

    Yvonne, you and me too! Dr. Carson scares the peawadden out of the left because they won’t be able to cry racism. They will smear this poor man to death and he knows it. Let’s just home he is strong enough to stand firm. And P.S., that is one yummy little blessing in your photo or do my old eyes deceive me?

  • Anonymous

    I thought Bob Dole died a few years ago. Are they sure this is the real Bob Dole and not just another “Bob Dole?”

  • The Blue Tail Gadfly

    The cart is ahead of the horse here. Who cares if Cruz or Rubio has the experience to be POTUS, they are both ineligible because they not natural born Citizens as required by the US Constitution.

    So far all the names being floated are just the new faces of the Republican Establishment, don’t expect anything to change by electing any of them.

    “When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers just men who will rule in the fear of God. The preservation of a republican government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty; if the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws
    will be made not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded. If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine commands and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.” ~Noah Webster, History of the United States

  • Thomas Harvey

    I Agree that the Reagen’s polocies did help the country economically during the 80s however it was his administration that invated Panama and killed Omar Torrijos as well as President Jaime from equador for profit. Reagen was a corpotocracy poppet for those in highest power. So Glenn, why do you keep referring to Reagen everytime you need a decent image of a president who has done great? Reagen is anything but.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, wow. Thanks for the clinic, President Dole.

  • Anonymous

    You might be more credible if you learn to spell past the third-grade level. Then again, what will trip you up is your third-grade world view. Thanks to you, we have a president like Barack Obama.

    Please, go back to school and learn something. ANYTHING.

  • TJB

    We’ll change parties … it ain’t great, but I’ll take it. Remember, the Dems tried to get it all in one shot with McGovern … didn’t work all that great for them ….

  • Thomas Harvey

    I’m not surprised people here take the time to bash other people’s comment and completely ignore my point, thank you for showing us your true colors “Lgbpop”

  • Anonymous

    You had no point, other than repeating tired talking points from leftists who have no clue about reality. President
    Reagan was neither afraid nor ashamed to use our hard-earned economic power to promote American interests abroad – and if that meant taking out some Soviet foothold in the Western Hemisphere, in line with President Monroe’s stated policy from 1823, so be it. Far better than this incumbent who thinks we have no business existing in the first place.

    I stand by that which I said.

  • Anonymous

    Bob Dole can stick It up his —!

  • texastruthtweet

    Ha,ha! I for one am FED UP with establishment Republicans! It is time for a fresh start with someone who will restore the principles of the Constitution. The establishment will continue the status quo.

  • Anonymous

    Good grief! Maybe he thinks should be the candidate. Senile, decrepit, old fossil buht would fit the bill perfectly for the TEGOP (The Establishment GOP). TEGOP has not gotten the message … quit running has-beens who haven’t got the fortitude to fight their way out of a paper sack let alone a debate. We want a young, smart, non-tainted candidate. Not a Bush, not a Christie. Stop telling us that Bush is the only one who can run because he can raise money. TEGOP is the problem.

  • Anonymous

    He means, “let me show you how to lose, I know from experience.”

  • Anonymous

    I agree with everything you say, except maybe the “young” part. Sure, fresh new faces are needed, but courage trumps age and the stakes are high this year.

  • Anonymous

    Sandinistans will never get over the fact that Cuba number 2 couldn’t happen.

  • Anonymous

    “courage trumps age”…do you mean like John McCain’s courage? or Ron Paul’s courage? And why can’t we have both courage and age? And in that, I can see Rand Paul, Trey Gowdy, Scott Walker as young and courageous. Michele Bachman was courageous when she alerted us to Obamacare and most everyone disregarded her. Actually, I consider anyone under 60 “young”. After age 60, although many will deny this, there are declines both physically and mentally. That’s why certain critical industries have age limits…military (60), airline pilots (65), air traffic controllers (61).

  • BlueMN

    The Sandinistas (FSLN) won the Nicaraguan election in 2006 and were re-elected in 2011 (“Cuba number 2″). The FMLN won the election in El Salvador last month (“Cuba number 3″).

    Despite all of Reagan’s death squads and illegal arms deals with Iran, the people still won in the end. Get over it.

  • BlueMN

    Nope. As long as he keeps saying things that aren’t backed up by facts, it’ll catch up to him once he’s in the national spotlight.

    It’s amazing what gets censored on this site these days.

  • thomas

    these crony repukinits shut up bob u old school crooks all need to go peroid rino need not apply .Time for constitutional government not freakin chitcago thugocracy
    nueter the ENTIRE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT arrest potus

  • thomas

    bob cant find his shoe go to bed robert

  • Soylent Green

    I remember how the media ‘approved’ of Dole back then by calling him ‘the great compromiser’. Just the kind of Republican candidate they want. Then, even if they lose, they win.

  • fire lion

    “Failed Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole” really?
    So I can call Glenn Beck a failed TV host? and Palin a failed governor?

  • fire lion

    sorry but the Klan wing of your party wont vote for him.

  • Anonymous

    Is Yvonne a democrat?

  • Equis

    You’re an idiot, only a true racist would think as you do.

  • ken.

    the klan is democrat, as is every other racist group.

  • ken.

    new people who have not been corrupted by experience taught by criminals is exactly what our country needs. out with the criminals and in with patriots who want only whats good for the country, not only whats good for themselves.

  • Anonymous

    You must be a product of ESL schooling. Probably CA public schools.

  • sharon

    Re: Dole’s comment: Really?

  • BevM

    I don’t remember President Dole. How would he know what it takes to be president?
    He’s just another old geezer Republican living in the 1970s. And he apparently doesn’t realize the damage this “president” has done to the country. We NEED someone different than the Establishment I’M BETTER THAN YOU Class, squishy moderate liberal “Republican” for president. We need a SOLID Conservative. I’m not sure about Rubio, but I’d be thrilled to vote for Rand Paul or Ted Cruz. I’m in my 50s and I’ve never voted for a president I was pleased to vote for, only the lesser of two evils. I was young when Reagan was elected, just graduated HS and wasn’t yet 18 so I couldn’t vote, nor did I care about politics, just getting a good job and getting out of my parents’ house! Those were the days – when you KNEW you could get a good job right out of High School and college wasn’t shoved down your throats by liberal teachers.

    We could have no worse “president” than the Usurper in Thief than resides in OUR White House and robs us blind, shreds the Constitution daily and is the most lawless administration ever! Why should we obey any laws when our “president” and “AG” don’t? Follow the leader! Do what you want!
    America needs a LEADER! Someone to get us back to prosperity and get our standing in the world back. Someone that can un-do the damage Barry Dunham Soetoro Obama has done. But that will take at least a generation – AND for people to pay attention to the truth, not believe blindly what the Obamamedia says! Listen to Sharyl Attkisson, the TRUE Journalist that left CBS because of the BS.

  • BevM

    Wouldn’t it be nice if the GOP let US pick out candidate for a change?! In ’12, Rick Santorum, like him or not, should have been the candidate over Romney. He won Iowa but it was never mentioned until about nine days later. He may have had a few votes in the Senate that we didn’t agree with, but he was SOLID, didn’t change his mind like the wind blows. We need someone that won’t let the Establishment RUN their campaign, like telling Romney NOT to mention Benghazi in the last debate. THAT would have taken the election away from Barry Hussein and we could be in a totally different place now. But he blew it, letting Barry and Candy Crowley BALD FACED LIE about it and he said nothing because his “handlers” said not to. That lost the election, not the “47% remark.”
    I think Rand Paul would be an excellent POTUS and not let anyone run his campaign. He’s already going to places no Republican has gone before, bonding with minorities and his lawsuit against the NSA is really waking up the younger college students. It would be nice to vote with confidence, not for the lesser of two evils, not to hold your breath and vote AGAINST someone instead of FOR someone!

  • BevM

    TELL THEM!! Get on the phone with all of your reps in the GOP (or anyone really!) and tell them the GOP sux and you won’t support them until they let WE THE PEOPLE pick our candidate, it won’t be “the Chosen One” as says the Establishment. It’s nobody’s “turn.” Whomever WE pick is who we run on the GOP Ticket or we’ll vote against them. Email, write, CONTACT THEM! They really do notice if enough of us contact them, especially with Nov coming.

  • BevM

    I stand with most of what you said. Reagan puts this usurper to shame. A real man vs a spoiled child with no conscience that lies without batty an eye. Barry’s pure evil, this administration is full of criminals, more than any other. The Chitcago Mafia is running the country. Eric Withholder should be in jail – but then so should so many in this gang of thugs should be, including Hitlery.

    Your best line by far – “Far better than this incumbent who thinks we have no business existing in the first place.” America shouldn’t exist but sure “gives” him and Mooch a life of luxury. They’ve cost us more than any other president – that’s a fact. They should have to pay US back every penny they’ve cost us since they’re illegally there. Mooch sure is a big spender. Thieves.

  • BevM

    I would LOVE to vote for Dr. Carson! He’s the best thing that could happen to America right now. He a principled Conservative that knows all about Health Care and why ObamaDOESN’TCare has to be completely repealed. You know the Establishment would hate him, all the more reason to love him. He’s very intelligent and knows his stuff. But you know the libs would still find a way to call us racist. It’s their mantra. I’d be proud to vote for him – the first President I’d be happy to vote for instead of the lesser of two evils. And God knows what we have now is pure evil.

  • BevM

    I feel sorry for you. How can you live always so full of hate? I’m glad I’m a Conservative and have optimism because I know things will change in Nov. (Jan.) and justice is soon to be ours. This admin. is all corrupt and the lies will soon catch up with them. Barry and Mooch won’t get away with their charade forever. And officials will start to be tried for high crimes and treason. And they’re 100% guilty. For an AG to tell all State AGs “you don’t have to follow the laws you don’t like” is shameful and they’re NOT above the law. Justice will be ours.

  • BevM

    Just curious. What has Dr. Ben Carson said that can’t be backed up by facts? I’d like to look them up and see if it’s true or if it’s just lib spin because they fear him. Please specify his “things that aren’t backed up by facts”. Thank you, BlueMN.

  • BevM

    LOL!

  • greg

    Glenn Becky like Dole, Clinton, Bush, Obama, CFR puppets all. The revolution if over its just how much slavery will you put up with. Obviously quite a lot.

  • The Savage Hombre

    Arguably, centralized control of private property is the most effective way to chase collectivist illusions such as “social justice”.

  • David Wooldridge

    Agreed 110% Dr. Carson is the smartest man out there, BUT I must sefishly disagree w/ his possible Presidential bid. I’d MUCH rather see him use his knowledge and expertise in the field he knows clearly. Either Surgeon General or Director of HHS w/in a Conservative administration. The key to being a successful President is just like a successful Business CEO; knowing who to put where. Nobody better to change the damaged Medical industry by a man who knows nothing, if not how to wreck things.