Skip to comments.Bob Dole makes Senate endorsement as GOP scrambles to block Kris Kobach
Posted on 01/25/2020 2:51:54 PM PST by cotton1706
Former GOP senator and 1996 presidential nominee Bob Dole, 96, endorsed Rep. Roger Marshall for Senate as the GOP establishment coalesced around the congressman following Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's decision not to run this year.
The endorsement of Dole, 96, came a week after Pompeo, a former Kansas congressman, told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that he planned to continue in President Trump's cabinet. McConnell and his leadership deputies recruited Pompeo in a bid to block Kris Kobach from the nomination, worrying the immigration hawk was too provocative to win a general election in otherwise deep-red Kansas. With Pompeo out, the party establishment is turning to Marshall, who announced his candidacy months ago.
"I'm proud to endorse my Congressman, Dr. Roger Marshall, for the U.S. Senate," Dole said in a statement issued Monday by the Marshall campaign.
"He's a true friend to me and a true friend to Kansas," added Dole, a former Senator from Kansas, Senate majority leader, and 1996 Republican presidential nominee. "He has my full trust, and I know he will represent our state well."
Senior Republicans believed Pompeo was inclined to resign from the State Department at some point after the Senate trial to adjudicate two articles of impeachment against Trump so that he could prepare for a campaign to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Pat Roberts. But tensions with Iran, punctuated by Trump's decision to authorize the military strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, altered the secretary of state's plans. Pompeo is perhaps the president's closest confidant on national security matters.
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No outsiders allowed in McConnell's Senate!!
96 years old.
True, but if he is sqweaky clean like Trump, and has a ton of money for advertising, he may win anyways.
Re. Bob Dole: You can take the senator out of the swamp, but you can’t take the swamp out of the senator.
Kobach has no chance of winning if Cocaine Mitch wont back him.
Why do so many here want to re-nominate losers? Kobach, Roy Moore... these are people that blundered away races in some of the reddest states in the country. Why give them a second chance?
Then let Mitch decide if he is still in the Majority and how large it might be.
Kobach is a border security hawk, and a SOLID conservative.
Threats to RINOs fall on deaf ears.
I wish Kansas was deep red but its not. Kobach lost to a left wing woman for governor. I think he would running for the senate.
Swamp gotta swamp.
I thought he was dead. Must have been Bush ‘41.
True but his close association with Sam Brownback is going to hurt him. Brownback is still toxic to the voters.
Bob Dole: Tax Collector for the Welfare State.
Nobody gives a rats ass about Bob Dole’s endorsement.
Kobach has two votes in our Kansas household.
I think because the newcomers are not much better. Here in Alabama we have a new guy running for Congress whose only claim to fame is that his wife liked him in high school. I cannot believe how terrible his ads are. Am I going to vote for this? Perhaps that’s why we re-nominate losers - because, maybe, they had one good vote or one good stand up moment.
But I agree with your chagrin.
Still a GOP Albatross after all these years
Livin long on those secret overseas bank accounts
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