1996 Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole is endorsing Mitt Romney for president, FOX News can confirm. Sunday's edition of The Des Moines Register will publish an open letter from Dole, praising Romney and illustrating why he is supporting the White House aspirant, according to the Romney Campaign.

"I've run for president myself and twice I had the deep honor of finishing first in the Iowa caucuses, " Dole writes in the Romney print ad." I have many friends in the state. Some of them even call me the president of Iowa. When I say that Mitt Romney is the kind of man that Iowans should support, I know whereof I speak."

"A number of my friends are currently candidates seeking the GOP nomination. But the time has now come for us to decide who among them can defeat Barack Obama in 2012," the letter says, according to a link provided by the campaign.

"I've made my decision, and I believe our best hope lies in Governor Mitt Romney, " Dole states.

In 2008, Dole supported then Romney opponent, Sen. John McCain who became the eventual party nominee. At the time, Romney was critical of the endorsement saying that it wouldn't "work" for McCain. However, he later clarified his remarks telling media he would have "loved" Dole's support.

SEE ENTIRE DOLE LETTER HERE

*FOX News producer Christopher Laible contributed to this report.