Exclusive: Bob Dole Endorses Marco Rubio in 2016 Race

Dole says Donald Trump could secure the nomination on Super Tuesday.

“He worked for my ’96 campaign in Dade County, Florida, and so I’ve had an acquaintance with him way back in ’96 when he was a hard worker. As much as I love John Kasich, you know, Rubio is probably a better candidate. And he’s young,” Dole added. “He wants to grow the party as opposed to [Ted] Cruz. I don’t know what he wants to grow.”

“Then I think you start printing the inaugural invitation,” Dole joked.

“If [Trump] has a good day on Super Tuesday, that's going to be hard to deny him the nomination. And if reality sets in and he's gonna start counting enough delegates, we've got to hope he'll be a good president,” he said.

“Trump has to start acting like a presidential candidate and tone down the rhetoric and don't insult anybody,” Dole continued.

Dole said that if Trump were to become president, the real estate mogul might “surprise” people with his performance, especially if he surrounds himself with qualified and experienced advisers.

“He's got to understand the presidency is -- it's an overwhelming position and you can't do it alone, and you gotta have qualified people with some experience. You can't bring in all the outsiders,” Dole said. “[Trump's] a pretty smart guy. He might surprise a lot of people.”

“I'd be happy to be his adviser,” Dole added.

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