U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis will cast a ceremonial vote for fellow Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential bid on Tuesday, but he says he’s supporting presumptive nominee Donald Trump.
Tillis spoke to The News & Observer as he checked into the North Carolina delegation’s hotel near the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Based on the state’s March primary results, Tillis is one of six delegates bound to Rubio, who ended his presidential bid months ago.
“I told Marco, I don’t really like his chances at the point,” Tillis said. “I’m going to be supporting Mr. Trump.”
Tillis downplayed concerns that the GOP is still bitterly divided over whether to support Trump. “It’s the typical process of coming together,” he said. “It’s not unlike my primary in 2014. Everybody said the party was torn up and we were damaged for November. It worked out for us, and I see the same thing happening at the national level. ... We’ll come together, I have no doubt about it.”
But asked to discuss Trump’s strengths as a candidate, Tillis spoke instead about the billionaire’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. “What’s amazing is Sen. Clinton’s candidacy,” he said, referring to Clinton’s dip in polls in key swing states. “She seems to have hit a plateau.”