Former U.S. Senator Bob Dole has endorsed Jeb Bush for president and will be be his Chairman of Veteran Outreach. Dole is a World War II veteran who was critically injured during the war but came home to be elected to Congress where he served in both chambers and ran for U.S. President in 1996.
Not only does Dole coming on board continue building the momentum for the Bush campaign but some consider Dole’s support, as a Kansas native, very helpful for Jeb with neighboring Iowa.
Making the announcement on Veterans Day 2015, Dole, 92, explained his support:
“I consider nearly all the Republican candidates to be my friends, but I have determined that Jeb Bush is the most qualified. 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 [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] and taking care of our veterans are in stark contrast to Hillary Clinton’s strategy to continue the failed policies of the present Administration,” Dole said. “I will do all I can to be helpful to Jeb’s campaign.”
The move also signaled a continued making up between the Dole and Bush families after Dole and George H.W. skirmished as young politicos.
The news was met with mockery from some (see Facebook cultivates bully keyboard activism).