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Bob Dole: I Wouldn't Have Enough Money To Run Today

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Former Senate Majority Leader and presidential candidate Robert Dole, R- Kan. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 06 Jul 2015 04:28 PM

Former Kansas Republican Sen. Bob Dole, the party's standard-bearer in the 1996 White House election, says he wouldn't have the money — or the conservative credentials — to win the nomination in today's political environment.

In an interview with AARP Bulletin, the venerable Republican elder — he turns 92 on July 22 — also says he's sent presidential contender Ted Cruz the books he's compiled on political humor. Dole's humor books are "Great Political Wit, Laughing (Almost) All the Way to the White House," and "Great Presidential Wit, I wish I was in the Book."

"I thought it might help him a little, not that he's my candidate," he says.

But he turns serious when questioned about the biggest change in politics since he was the GOP nominee.

"Money," he declares. "Now they talk about raising $1 billion to run for president. It's unreal. We need to do something to stop all this money in politics."

Political donations rarely come without any strings attached, he notes.

"I've always believed when people give big money, they — maybe silently — expect something in return," he says.

He also says he doubts he'd have been the nominee if money had been the big player then that it is now, adding: "And I might not be conservative enough to be the nominee today."

Dole emphasizes the importance, however, of humor on the campaign trail, noting, "It's nice to use humor to let people relax and say, 'Oh, this guy is human,'" relating his favorite joke to break the ice with voters.

"You're speaking at an event and get up and say, 'Can you hear me in the back?'" Dole explains. "A guy says, 'No.' And a lady upfront says, 'I can. I'll trade places with you.' That always gets a laugh."

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Former Kansas Republican Sen. Bob Dole, the party's standard-bearer in the 1996 White House election, says he wouldn't have the money - or the conservative credentials - to win the nomination in today's political environment.
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