Speaking to Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace, former Sen. Bob Dole (R-KS) said that he doubts that he, Reagan and Nixon could make it in today's Republican Party. He referred to himself as a "mainstream conservative Republican" and said that "Nixon couldn’t have made it because he had ideas." Dole also said that the filibuster is being abused and that the GOP should be "closed for repairs" until it develops a positive agenda. Watch:
WALLACE: What do you think of your party, the Republicans today?
DOLE: I think they ought to put a sign on the national committee doors that says “closed for repairs” until New Year’s Day next year — and spend that time going over ideas and positive agendas.
WALLACE: You describe the GOP of your generation as Eisenhower Republicans, moderate Republicans. Could people like Bob Dole, even Ronald Reagan — could you make it in today’s Republican Party.
DOLE: I doubt it. Reagan couldn’t have made it. Certainly Nixon couldn’t have made it, cause he had ideas. We might have made it, but I doubt it.
WALLACE: Too moderate, too willing to compromise?
DOLE: I just consider myself a Republican, not all this hyphenated stuff. I was a mainstream conservative Republican, most people are in that category.