Former Kansas Senator and failed Presidential candidate Bob Dole told the New York Times that a Ted Cruz nomination would be “cataclysmic” and the party would suffer “wholesale losses” with a Cruz nomination for president.
“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.”
“I don’t know how he’s going to deal with Congress,” he said. “Nobody likes him.”
Dole favors Trump over Cruz, saying 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.”
“If he’s the nominee, we’re going to have wholesale losses in Congress and state offices and governors and legislatures,” said Mr. Dole. He described Mr. Cruz as having falsely “convinced the Iowa voters that he’s kind of a mainstream conservative.”
The only person who could stop Mr. Cruz from capturing the nomination? “I think it’s Trump,” Mr. Dole said, adding that Mr. Trump was “gaining a little.”
Dole emphasized he is supporting Jeb Bush for the GOP nomination. “He needs to break out, and he hasn’t done it yet,” said Mr. Dole.