Burr, Tillis continue to back Trump

Posted October 10, 2016

— Both of North Carolina's U.S. senators say they continue to back Donald Trump's run for president, despite vulgar remarks about women that recently surfaced on an 11-year-old videotape.

While many Republican leaders have withdrawn their support for Trump, including Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, North Carolina leaders have largely joined Gov. Pat McCrory in walking a line between condemning his language but continuing to back his campaign over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

"I'm concerned with what he said. It’s indefensible," Burr said after appearing at a corporate groundbreaking in Morrisville on Monday. He drove to the occasion in a car that sported a Trump bumper sticker.

"But when I look at where America needs to go from an economic standpoint, from a jobs standpoint, from a national defense standpoint, I can't see Hillary Clinton getting us there," Burr said. "So, I support the person who I think best can change America, and right now, that’s Donald Trump given the two choices."

When asked about Sunday's contentious debate between the two presidential contenders, Burr said, "both candidates proved they are not role models for the next generation. But we don't get to pick, now, any additional folks to run."

Asked for Tillis' take on whether he continued to support Trump, spokesman Daniel Keylin pointed to the senator's remarks on social media, where he called Trump's statements "indefensible." Tillis added that Trump should "apologize to women everywhere."

However, the senator did not withdraw his support for Trump’s presidential campaign, and Keylin said Monday that Tillis was focused on helping the state recover from Hurricane Matthew.

"Sen. Tillis' full attention is being devoted to working with local, state and federal officials to respond to the devastating impact of Hurricane Matthew," Keylin said. "There will be an appropriate time and place for the senator to address the state of the presidential campaign, but right now is not that time."

Although the two men share the same position, Burr is in a re-election campaign now against Democrat Deborah Ross. The North Carolina Democratic Party criticized Burr's continued support for Trump.

"Richard Burr's decision to look out for himself and continue serving on Donald Trump’s campaign, even in the face of Trump’s latest vile comments about women, just shows once again that Richard Burr is a classic Washington politician who puts his own political interests first," said Matt Kravitz, the state party's press secretary. "That’s wrong, and North Carolina voters want a senator who will stand up for our values, not Donald Trump’s."


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  • Samuel Tyler Oct 12, 2016
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    Sanders supports CLinton after she and the DNC tried to derail him. Isn't this news worthy?

  • Jon Rey Oct 12, 2016
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    Keeping or getting this job is more important than values, morals, decency. Since when is the Gop party more important than the USA, families, children, decency. Fire the GOP bunch in there now. Get back to good governance, values, and morals with the Democrat party that is now the party of family values.

  • Aiden Audric Oct 12, 2016
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    Our governor supports misogynistic ideals.

    Regardless of how many piles of cookies he tries to hide behind, we already know his character. This "standpoint" just reinforces it.

  • Lance Boyle Oct 11, 2016
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    Yes they are Paul. In their minds they would rather deliver their daughters straight to trump after all he is a star.

  • Paul Gallant Oct 11, 2016
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    So all these NC Republicans are fine with turning their heads at sexual assault? I guess HB2 wasn't about protecting women after all.

  • Mike Voiland Oct 11, 2016
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    So it's clear that no Republican is misogynistic enough, narcissistic enough, crude enough, xenophobic enough, prevaricating enough, or ill-prepared enough for these two sad elected excuses to ever look beyond party partisanship. Wish NC had senators with at least a small shred of integrity, like Thune, Portman, McCain and Kirk. Shame on Burr and Tillis. Vote them out on Nov 8!

  • Paul Mitchell Oct 10, 2016
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    Why should these two zebras change their stripes? Just wait for the next barrage of incredibly unseemly behavior by Trump and see how long they can hold their breath!

  • Lance Boyle Oct 10, 2016
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    Worth repeating here. Family Values, next time you hear it think of these boys. CINO ?.Christian in name only?

  • Lance Boyle Oct 10, 2016
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    Family Values. I suspect in support they would turn their wives and daughters over to Trump. There is a term for that, I am sure Donald will let us know of his dominate position over these men. Did I say men? hmmm