Speaking in a Fox News interview, former Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole said that Republicans need to put up a “closed for repair” sign until 2014 so that the party can reevaluate itself and put forth a “positive agenda.”
In the interview that was aired on Sunday, Dole told host Chris Wallace that there was “no doubt” that Republicans were abusing the filibuster, commenting on the fact that motions for cloture had increased from seven in 1969-1970 to 115 during the last year.
“There’s some cases where it’s probably justified,” Dole said. “But not many.”
“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,” he added. “And spend that time going over ideas and positive agendas.”
Dole went on to say that he doubted that he — and even former President Ronald Reagan — could have survived today in the GOP.
“Reagan couldn’t have made it. Certainly, Nixon couldn’t have made it because he had ideas,” he pointed out. “I just consider myself a Republican, none of this hyphenated stuff. I was a mainstream conservative Republican.”
Watch an excerpt of the interview in the video below.