Congressman Adrian Smith admits to some anxiety over the raucous Republican presidential campaign.
“Well, I’m concerned there is some disunity right now, but we shouldn’t be afraid of the process,” Smith tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
Smith notes the last time Republicans had drama at their convention was in 1976 when incumbent President Gerald Ford fought off a challenge by Ronald Reagan.
Smith says holding a convention that matters is part of the process.
“Now, we want the candidates to respect the process,” Smith says. “If they’re always going to dangle something out there that if they don’t get their way, they’re going to do X, that’s not helpful, it’s not productive. But, you know, there is a unifying factor for the Republican Party and her name’s Hillary Clinton.”
Smith says a tough primary process discloses some division within the party, but believes Republicans will unite once the primaries are over.
“But, I hope that we start talking about issues rather than personalities,” Smith says. “When we talk about issues, we win.”
Smith says he has no plans to endorse any of the candidates nor does he plan to join Sen. Ben Sasse in his high-profile campaign against Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump.