(CNN) â National Republicans have shifted so drastically in the past decade that the partyâs most vaunted figure - former President Ronald Reagan - would no longer find a home in the GOP, former Sen. Bob Dole claimed Sunday.
âReagan couldnât have made it,â Dole said, adding he too would also have faced challenges in todayâs Republican Party.
Instead of operating day-to-day in a nonelection year, the national party should focus on broader plans to rehabilitate itself after the losses of 2012, the former Kansas lawmaker said.
âI think they ought to put a sign on the national committee doors that says âClosed for repairsâ until New Yearâs Day next year. Spend that time going over ideas and positive agendas,â Dole, who was the Republican nominee for president in 1996, said on âFox News Sunday.â
He also assigned blame for Washingtonâs current state of gridlock to President Barack Obama, who he argued was failing to bridge divides between the capitalâs ideological camps.
âI think that the president, he lacks communication skills with his own party, let alone the Republican Party. And heâs on the road too much,â Dole said, quipping Obama was a âgood golfer.â
âI think one mistake heâs made was not getting together more with Congress early on in his first administration. There's nothing like knowing the person you are talking to on the telephone, if you had an opportunity to sit down with that person and visit - not about anything, but just visit."