GRANVILLE, Ohio (AP) _ Former Sen. Bob Dole, the 1996 Republican nominee for president, passed on some advice to George W. Bush heading into the debates with Democrat Al Gore.

``They always told me, 'Speak to that lady in the living room _ no matter who's asking the questions, speak to the lady in the living room''' Dole said Thursday.

``I guess I wasn't very good at it, since I was beaten,'' he added.

Dole, 77, spoke at Denison University as part of the American Conservative Tradition lecture series.

He said Bush needs to groom a presidential image.

``I think for Bush it's critical,'' Dole said.

``There's that feeling that he's not quite ready for prime time, that he doesn't fill the suit. I don't think that's true, but there's that feeling out there.''