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Dole: Romney 'looks like a president'

Dole: Romney 'looks like a president'
Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., (R) and his wife, former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., in Arlington, Va., Nov. 1, 2011. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg | License Photo

WASHINGTON, June 26 (UPI) -- Former Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., said he endorsed Mitt Romney for president because the presumptive Republican nominee "looks like a president."

The former Senate majority leader -- and 1996 GOP presidential nominee -- told GQ magazine he was turned off by former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., because Gingrich was difficult to work with when he was speaker.

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"So it looked to me like it would be either Romney or Newt for the nomination, but just on its own, I thought ... well, I'll say this: Romney looks like a president," Dole said.

Dole endorsed Romney before the Iowa caucuses when Gingrich was still in the race and rising in public opinion polls, USA Today reported Tuesday. Gingrich ended up finishing fourth in the state.

Dole told GQ he thinks President Barack Obama is a "nice person" but "totally out of step."

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