Former GOP presidential nominee Bob Dole encouraged fellow Republicans to support Donald Trump and suggested former Speaker Newt Gingrich should be his running mate.
“When Donald Trump clinched the Republican nomination, it was an easy call for me. What’s a lifelong Republican supposed to do, support the opponent? I don’t think so,” Dole, the 1996 Republican nominee, told CNN Saturday.
He added that notable Republicans like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) still have time to endorse the presumptive Republican nominee.
“Well, they still have time to get on the [Trump] train. It’s not moving that fast right now,” he said.
He suggested Trump pick a political veteran as his running mate, specifically someone like Gingrich.
“My view is that Donald Trump needs someone who understands Congress, who can help him work with Congress, who understands foreign policy, domestic policy, economic policy. You know, someone like Newt Gingrich,” Dole said.
“You know none of us are perfect, but Newt Gingrich is a good fit for Trump, because he can help him in all of those areas, and Trump has to listen.”