KNOXVILLE (WATE) – After a fierce GOP debate and attacks centered on Donald Trump on Thursday, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) says he stands by his formal endorsement of Sen. Marco Rubio.
“I thought Sen. Rubio and Gov. Kasich looked the most presidential and I think that’s what we’re looking for,” Sen. Alexander said.
Sen. Alexander was in town from Washington, D.C. on Friday to receive an award from the Great Smoky Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Like many Americans, he was watching Thursday night’s GOP debate. It appeared all the candidates were against Donald Trump.
“Republicans not only need somebody who we agree with, we need somebody who can persuade enough Democrats and independents to beat Hillary Clinton in November,” Sen. Alexander said.
Like Sen. Alexander, many other politicians have endorsed Sen. Rubio for president. However, Sen. Bob Corker says party leaders should start listening more to the American people. It’s a message Sen. Alexander agrees with to an extent.
“The people have a right to the election. The people own the election and so people have a right to their choices, but they also have to live with the consequences of their choices. I think nominating Trump would be a mistake,” Sen. Alexander said.
Right now, Alexander is standing by Rubio. He isn’t saying if he would support Trump if he’s chosen to be the Republican Party nominee.
“Some people keep trying to put the Super Bowl at the beginning of the season instead of the end. We need to let this race run all the way through,” Sen. Alexander said.
Other leaders from Tennessee like Gov. Bill Haslam and members of the Knox County delegation in the state legislature have also endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio for president. As it stands right now, Trump is in the best position to win the Republican Party nomination.