Bob Dole

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GOP Elder Statesman Was Behind Trump's Taiwan Call

It was Bob Dole

(Newser) - Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen initiated the phone call with Donald Trump , but Bob Dole was the architect. As a lobbyist for law firm Alston & Bird—to which the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the US paid $140,000 from May to October—the former Republican senator worked... More »

Bob Dole: Better Trump Than Cruz

He warns of 'cataclysmic' losses if Cruz is nominee

(Newser) - The GOP's 1996 nominee for president is worried that Ted Cruz might get the nod in 2016—and he thinks Donald Trump could be the only candidate who can stop him. Bob Dole tells the New York Times that he questions Cruz's allegiance to the party, and he... More »

Oklahoma's Fallin: I Need to Cut Red Tape

Plus, GOP did not like Obama's counterterror speech

(Newser) - With President Obama headed for her tornado-ravaged state, Okla. Gov. Mary Fallin told CNN's State of the Union today that while, "so far, we have had a great response" from the feds, she's also worried about the grinding wheels of bureaucracy in the days ahead. "What... More »

Santorum: GOP Right to Block Disability Treaty

Other pundits: GOP embracing weird conspiracy theories

(Newser) - When the GOP blocked the UN's Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities last night, Rick Santorum sent out a tweet proclaiming, "We did it." Santorum was one of the foremost voices calling for Republicans to reject the treaty, and in the Daily Beast today he... More »

Senate GOP Blocks Disabled Rights Treaty

Bob Dole makes appeal; Kerry calls vote saddest day in years

(Newser) - Bob Dole watched from a wheelchair on the Senate floor yesterday as his Republican former colleagues rejected a United Nations disability rights treaty modeled on the Americans with Disabilities Act he championed in 1990, the Kansas City Star reports. GOP opponents of the treaty claimed it would surrender American sovereignty... More »

Harry Reid: Bob Dole Hospitalized

It's not a checkup, he's 'infirm': Reid

(Newser) - Bob Dole has been hospitalized at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said yesterday. An aide for Dole said the 89-year-old onetime presidential nominee was at the hospital for a routine checkup, but Reid says that's not the case, reports Politico . "He is there... More »

Here's How It Feels to Lose the Presidential Election

The 'Daily Beast' talks to three men who know firsthand

(Newser) - You campaign for months—years, even—only to lose it all on Election Day. That can't feel great, right? The Daily Beast found out exactly how bad it feels by talking to Walter Mondale (who lost to Ronald Reagan in 1984), Michael Dukakis (who lost to George HW Bush... More »

Bob Dole: Losing Wasn't So Bad

Former senator and presidential wannabe says it opened a whole new world

(Newser) - Bob Dole knows what it's like to come out on the losing end of a presidential election, twice over. Not only did the former Senate majority leader lose to Bill Clinton, he was Gerald Ford's running mate 20 years earlier in the loss to Jimmy Carter. In DC,... More »

Bob Dole: Oh Please, God, Not Gingrich

He warns Republicans it will be 1996 all over again

(Newser) - Bob Dole knows a thing or two about bad outcomes in a presidential race, and he fears that's exactly what Republicans will get again if Newt Gingrich wins the nomination. In fact, the former presidential candidate and Senate majority leader warns that not only would President Obama trounce Gingrich,... More »

Today's GOP: Painfully Unfunny

Republican presidential candidates lack humor: John Dickerson

(Newser) - Amazing how unfunny this year's Republican candidates are. US political history is brimming with great lines, but today the GOP contenders "give speech after speech and draw only a handful of chuckles, and the occasional wry smile," writes John Dickerson in Slate . So what gives? You may... More »

It's Tough to Be Conservative Enough in 2010

Bob Dole, Gerald Ford, and more wouldn't be: Dana Milkbank

(Newser) - When Dana Milbank had the temerity to call Lisa Murkowski and Bob Bennett “faithful conservatives,” readers let him have it. These weren’t conservatives, they argued—just look at their American Conservative Union scores! So Milbank did. “What I found was astonishing,” he writes in the... More »

10 Cringeworthy Celeb TV Ads

Katy Perry's Proactiv gig isn't nearly as bad as some of these

(Newser) - Katy Perry’s 15 minutes aren’t even up, and she’s already shilling for Proactiv. In her honor, Olivia Allin of The Frisky lists the 10 most embarrassing celebrity product endorsements:
  • Serena Williams for Tampax: Her commercial includes the cringeworthy lines, “Well, there is plenty of blood, but
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In 2012, GOP Goes With Heart (Palin) Over Head (Romney)

Who knows, maybe her star power will make her the next Reagan

(Newser) - No matter what kind of gains Republicans make in the midterm elections next year, it’s going to be tough to unseat President Obama—and that’s why the GOP is going to choose Sarah Palin, its heart’s preferred candidate, over Mitt Romney, its head’s favorite. Or as... More »

Dole Gets DNC Health Reform Spot Pulled

Ad citing former GOP senator's support 'backhanded,' he says

(Newser) - The Democratic National Committee is canceling a television ad touting GOP support for health care reform after protests from one of the Republicans mentioned, former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole. Dole is quoted saying: "I want this to pass...We've got to do something." The former Kansas senator... More »

Obama to Congress: 'Let's Finish Job' on Health Reform

Prez readies final push, noting bipartisan support

(Newser) - Citing a growing number of Republicans in his corner, President Obama is readying a final push on health care, declaring reform to be "in its final days." The president in his radio address today pushed lawmakers to act on an emerging plan that "includes the best ideas... More »

Thank (or Blame) Bush for Dave's Left Turn

Letterman veers from apolitical-leaning-right to full-on liberal

(Newser) - The most telling thing David Letterman has said in a while may have been a brief comment he made last Monday, as he wrapped up an hour with President Obama: "I can't tell you how satisfying it is to watch you work," the famously crotchety Late Night ... More »

Daschle, Dole Team Up for Outside Health Care Push

Could-have-been '90s partners finally team up

(Newser) - When the Clintons were trying to pass their health care reform bill in the early '90s, Tom Daschle tried desperately to enlist Bob Dole. Now, 15 years later, he finally has. Daschle and Dole, along with former Republican leader Howard Banker, are leading an outside push for a bipartisan health... More »

Senate Likes Shinseki for Veterans Affairs

War, economy burden system former Army general would inherit

(Newser) - Retired Gen. Eric Shinseki garnered bipartisan support for his Veterans Affairs Secretary nomination today in outlining his priorities before Congress, the Military Times reports. The former Army chief of staff admitted to little experience with veterans issues, but his vows to streamline the agency won support from the likes of... More »

Daschle: Health Reform About Facts, Not Ideology

Obama nominee pledges bipartisan effort despite controversial plan

(Newser) - Barack Obama’s pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services promised today a bipartisan effort to reform health care, the New York Times reports. “When it comes to health care, we really are in it together,” Tom Daschle said during Senate confirmation hearings, where chairman Ted Kennedy... More »

Jack Kemp Treated for Cancer

Docs can't say what afflicts former NFL star, GOP lawmaker, 73

(Newser) - Jack Kemp, the former NFL star and Republican congressman, is in treatment for cancer, the Buffalo News reports. A spokeswoman said the type of cancer is “undetermined,” but that tests are under way to identify it. Kemp, 73, served 18 years as a representative from New York before... More »

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