Nightly News   |  May 28, 2013

In rare interview, Bob Dole laments current-day GOP

Over Memorial Day weekend former Senate leader Bob Dole said today’s Republican Party is unrecognizable, and he feels they ought to rebuild and start over. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> we heard from bob dole this weekend, now 89 years old, the former senate leader, kansas senator, decorated world war ii veteran and presidential candidate, has been largely out of public view at times fighting ill health, but his fighting spirit is clearly undiminished. he made it clear in a rare interview this weekend the gop of his day is unrecognizable. he thinks they should pause, rebuild and start over.

>> i think they ought to put a sign on the committee doors "closed for repairs until new year's day next year" and spend that time going over ideas and positive agendas.

>> dole said reagan would not have made it in the current era gop and he considers himself a mainstream conservative republican .