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Former Sen. Bob Dole endorses Jeb Bush for president


Bob Dole, who’s never out of the news for long, made some more of it Wednesday by announcing that he’s backing Jeb Bush for president.

“I have determined that Jeb Bush is the most qualified. Jeb has the proven leadership skills and executive experience needed to fix the problems facing our country — from the anemic economy to America's weakened standing among world leaders,” the former senator from Kansas said in a statement.

Dole told NBC that he likes “nearly all” of the candidates, but opted for a contender with experience.

Dole has had a long, and sometimes tumultuous, relationship with the Bush clan. Dole and George H.W. Bush were rivals for the GOP nomination in 1980 and 1988, when Dole is thought to have had his best shot at the presidency. Bush won the nod in 1988 and went on to win the presidency.