The Washington Times - May 29, 2013, 11:42AM

Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer said he “respectably disagree(s)” with recent comments by former GOP Sen. Bob Dole that his party has shift too far from its traditional values, saying the party is healthy and relevant.

“We have gone through a very tough look at ourselves, our party, in terms of what we need to do to continue to win, and I think what we’re seeing in both the House and the Senate is fantastic,” Mr. Spicer said Wednesday on MSNBC. “Our members are out there making issues, putting issues on the front burner.”

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Mr. Dole, a former Senate majority leader who left politics after a failed 1996 presidential bid, said this week on “Fox News Sunday” he likely wouldn’t have a place a today’s Republican Party, saying the RNC should put up a “Closed for repair” sign while undergoing reforms.

Mr. Spicer said Mr. Dole “clearly still does” have a place in the GOP, saying he hopes the former senator still considers himself a proud Republican. But the spokesman said that as the GOP continues to broaden the party’s base, “we’ll bring in people that don’t necessarily think 100 percent the same way as everyone else.”

“That is a very healthy thing for the party to undergo if we’re going to grown and win,” he said. “I’m excited about where we’re going, and I think you’re seeing a huge unification of the party, frankly, from one spectrum or another.”