United States Sen. Ben Sasse distances himself from the #NeverTrump campaign, but leaves no doubt he’ll never back Donald Trump.
Sasse takes no ownership of the phrase #NeverTrump.
“That terminology and that hashtag are not mine,” Trump tells Nebraska Radio Network in a telephone interview. “I’m just disappointed and frankly I think the data shows that most Nebraskans and most Americans are overwhelmingly disappointed with these two choices.”
Sasse says Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton present American voters with the most unpopular candidates in presidential campaign history and he refuses to consider either their party’s final nominee.
“I don’t actually believe that it’s yet resolved,” Sasse says. “I think that there’s a number of months yet until the election and I think that both these candidates have lots of problems.”
Sasse says until the party conventions, we don’t have final nominees.
“I’m not meaning to make any news or say anything provocative, I’m just saying there’s a lot of historical contingency here that we don’t yet know,” Sasse says.
Sasse, a Republican, acknowledges he has felt some pressure to drop his opposition and get behind Trump. He brushes off the pressure as insignificant compared to the pressure members of the military face every day.
Sasse predicts a contest between Trump and Clinton will descend into fourth-grade name-calling. He says this election year should focus on what he calls generations-long crises. Sasse contends the nation needs to address its dishonest entitlement budgets. He says there is no national strategy for how to help people navigate an economy that will force them to continuously upgrade their skills to change jobs, perhaps even careers. Sasse also insists the country has never devised a security strategy for the age of cyber and jihadi threats.
Sasse says Washington simply hasn’t gotten serious about addressing the nation’s most pressing problems and this election year reflects that.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]