Gov. Pete Ricketts denies he is distancing himself from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in wake of his lewd remarks on a 2005 video.
Ricketts says he will stick with Trump, because of policy.
Ricketts says Democrat Hillary Clinton simply isn’t an option.
“If anybody watched the debate, she laid it out there and I was really quite stunned by how bold she was of how she wants to really change our country,” Ricketts tells Drive Time Lincoln host Coby Mach on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “She talked about the Supreme Court and how she wants to change that. She talked about how she’s going to raise taxes. You pick the topic where she wants to go as Donald Trump laid out last night, I quite firmly believe that a President Clinton wants to go to single-payer system for health care.”
Politico reported Ricketts’ political team pulled the plug on a fundraiser that was to feature Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Trump’s running mate. It made reference to two Republican sources in Nebraska. The Politico report claims that fundraiser and another were canceled “because of a lack of interest in the donor community in Nebraska for the Trump-Pence fundraiser.”
Ricketts says the event had to be canceled due to logistical issues and that the campaign is seeking to re-schedule it. Ricketts says he has been a friend of Pence for a decade and would be proud to share a stage with him.
Ricketts says no one is happy about what Trump said in the video.
“I think we also have to remember that when it comes to the Clintons and what President Clinton did when he was in office, he certainly didn’t maintain a high moral standard that anyone would be proud of, but it when it boils down to policy, it’s very clear who we need to be supporting, because a Hillary Clinton presidency would be something that would be terrible for this country,” according to Ricketts.
Ricketts says he has not wavered in his endorsement of his party’s nominee.
“Yes, I will be voting for Donald Trump,” Ricketts says. “There’s still plenty of campaign left. Obviously, it’s going to be a long road for him to be able to make the case to the American people, but he’s got plenty of time left in his campaign to make that case.”