Bob Dole endorses Jeb Bush

Former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole endorsed Jeb Bush for president on Veterans Day, as the former governor looks for an injection of new life into his presidential campaign. Dole, a 92-year-old World War II veteran, will serve as the national veterans' chairman of the governor's campaign.

"I consider nearly all the Republican candidates to be my friends, but I have determined that Jeb Bush is the most qualified," Dole said in a statement released by the Bush campaign. "Jeb has the proven leadership skills and executive experience needed to fix the problems facing our country ... I will do all I can to be helpful to Jeb's campaign."

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Asked about the significance of Dole's endorsement by Fox News, Bush responded, "Oh my gosh, Bob Dole is an American hero."

"I'm so honored to have his support," Bush said. "Bob Dole is someone who is just an iconic political figure. I admire him so much; he reminds me of my dad. These are people from the greatest generation that have served selflessly this country in so many ways."

President George H.W. Bush and Dole have other things in common besides their military service. The two men are in their 90s and each ran losing presidential campaigns as the GOP nominee in the 1990s. Jeb Bush, who ranks seventh in the Washington Examiner's post-debate GOP presidential power rankings, will look to avoid replicating Dole's mistakes.

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