Bob Dole, a former senator and Republican presidential nominee, on Friday endorsed Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
“The voters of our country have turned out in record numbers to support Mr. Trump. It is important that their votes be honored and it is time that we support the party’s presumptive nominee, Donald J. Trump. I plan to attend the RNC convention in Cleveland to show my support for our party and our ticket, as I have done my entire life,” Dole said in a statement released by the Trump campaign. “We must unite as a party to defeat Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump is our party’s presumptive nominee and our best chance at taking back the White House this November.”
Dole’s endorsement comes even as other former Republican nominees and presidents like Mitt Romney, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush have declined to back Trump’s candidacy.