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WWII veteran Bob Dole endorsed Jeb Bush Wednesday and joined the Bush campaign as its National Veterans' Chairman

"Jeb has the proven leadership skills and executive experience needed to fix the problems facing our country -- from the anemic economy to America's weakened standing among world leaders," Dole said

(CNN) —  

Former Republican presidential nominee and World War II veteran Bob Dole endorsed Jeb Bush on Wednesday morning, citing his support for Bush’s stance on caring for veterans and defeating ISIS.

“Jeb has the proven leadership skills and executive experience needed to fix the problems facing our country – from the anemic economy to America’s weakened standing among world leaders,” the former Kansas senator said in a statement.

Dole, 92, used Veterans Day to announce he had joined the former Florida governor’s campaign as its National Veterans’ Chairman.

“I will do all I can to be helpful to Jeb’s campaign,” Dole added.

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Bush discussed the endorsement on Fox News and Dole’s significance to the Bush campaign.

“Bob Dole is someone who is just an iconic political figure. I admire him so much. He reminds me of my dad. These are people from the greatest generation that have served selflessly this country in so many ways,” Bush said.

Bush tweeted his appreciation for Dole’s support, writing, “Honored to welcome Sen Bob Dole to the team as National Veterans’ Chairman. Thankful for his service to our country.”

Over the summer, Bush rolled out his plan for reforming the VA, announcing that he would make the department smaller and more efficient.