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Crapo now says he’ll vote for Trump for president

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo now says he’ll vote for Donald Trump for president, according to the Idaho State Journal. That means Crapo has come full circle – first he endorsed Trump, then he withdrew his endorsement and called on Trump to step aside as the GOP nominee, then he said in a televised debate that he was undecided about whether or not to vote for him, and now he’s voting for him.

Crapo told KID Radio’s Neal Larson in a Friday interview, “The choice we still have today and the choice we will have is between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. … Given that choice, I will vote for the Republican ticket: Trump and Pence.”

Crapo told the radio station he’s concerned about U.S. Supreme Court appointees, free markets and limited government. “In that context, I don’t think the choice is that hard when we realize the decision this country must make,” he said.

On Oct. 8, after the release of Trump’s videotaped comments boasting about sexually assaulting women, Crapo said in a written statement, “I can no longer endorse Donald Trump. … Trump’s most recent excuse of ‘locker room talk’ is completely unacceptable and is inconsistent with protecting women from abusive, disparaging treatment.” He added, “I urge Donald Trump to step aside and allow the Republican Party to put forward a conservative candidate like Mike Pence who can defeat Hillary Clinton.”

After Crapo disavowed Trump, one county GOP central committee, in Idaho County, said it was disavowing Crapo as a result, even threatening to remove yard signs supporting Crapo’s re-election.

You can read the Idaho State Journal’s full report here from reporter John Friesen.

This morning, Crapo issued this statement:

"The choice we have is between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Given that choice, I will vote for the Republican ticket, Trump and Pence. We must elect a president who will appoint strong Supreme Court justices who will interpret the Constitution as it was written and who will help lead us to a stronger free market economy and a more limited constitutional government."

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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