Sunday on a special edition of Fox News Channel’s “Your World,” former Sen. Bob Dole (R-KS), the 1996 Republican presidential nominee, criticized Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), a candidate for the 2016 Republican nomination, on the eve of the Iowa Caucuses.
Dole ripped Cruz for being “an extreme conservative” and argued Cruz would shut down the government given the opportunity.
“My candidate is Jeb Bush and I wish I could see him more on Fox today. But I think we have a number of good candidates who are Republicans and we have Cruz, who I don’t think is a Republican,” Dole said. “He is an extreme conservative. There is no one like him in the Senate. No one likes him in the Senate. All he’s done is shut down the government twice. Cost millions of dollars and put federal workers out of work for a few days. I don’t really believe the people in Iowa are extreme conservatives. They’re Grassley conservatives. They’re Sen. Ernst conservatives. They’re Gov. Branstad conservatives.”
“I doubt that he’s a Republican,” Dole added. “He can’t run as an extreme conservative. He’s a RINO — he’s a Republican in name only.”