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Gov. Bill Haslam calls for Trump to step down, hand nomination to Pence


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has called for Donald Trump to give up the race and hand the Republican presidential nomination over to current vice-presidential candidate Gov. Mike Pence.

Haslam, a member of the Republican Party, said he will write in a Republican in the election if Trump doesn’t step down.

He expressed his concerns with Trump in a statement:

“I want to emphasize that character in our leaders does matter. None of us in elected office are perfect, but the decisions that are made in the Oval Office have too many consequences to ignore the behavior we have seen.

“It is time for the good of the nation and the Republican Party for Donald Trump to step aside and let Gov. Mike Pence assume the role as the party’s nominee. If he does not step aside, I will write in a Republican for the Office of President.

“Finally, I want to urge Republicans to vote. Now more than ever, who we elect to Congress and our state and local offices is critical to the future of this country and state that we love.”