A Nebraska Congressman gives a lukewarm endorsement of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry acknowledges it will be difficult for Republicans to unite after this bruising presidential primary race.
“Donald Trump has called for unity, but this has been so divisive and so fragmented, that’s going to have to be a process,” Fortenberry tells Nebraska Radio Network in a telephone interview.
Trump became the presumptive Republican presidential nominee after a swift turn of events. Trump won Indiana easily Tuesday, handing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz a loss in a crucial state. Cruz announced Tuesday evening he was dropping out of the race. The next day, Ohio Gov. John Kasich also dropped out, paving the way for Trump to win the nomination at the party convention later this year.
Cruz had fought valiantly to keep Trump from gaining the necessary 1,237 delegates to secure the nomination, but needed a victory in Indiana to springboard in to the final state primary races, including Nebraska. He had scheduled a campaign rally in Lincoln Wednesday, but canceled it after the loss in Indiana.
Fortenberry has qualms about the Trump campaign.
“Donald Trump has not fleshed out any substantive policy positions in this regard, however. That is a deep concern,” according to Fortenberry. “And he has offended many people that he is going to have try to now invite back into his fold. That’s going to be the challenge.”
Fortenberry says Trump was not his first choice, but he won’t do anything to empower Democrat Hillary Clinton to be president. Fortenberry came out early in support of California businesswoman Carly Fiorina, who dropped out only to become very briefly Cruz’ running mate.
During the interview Fortenberry avoided a direct endorsement of Trump, prompting us to ask the Congressman how best to characterize his support of Trump.
“He was not my first choice, but I am not going to do anything that empowers Hillary Clinton,” he repeated.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]