Utah Governor Gary Herbert says he will vote for Donald Trump for president in November. Gov. Herbert told reporters at his monthly KUED news conference that he’ll support Trump largely because of his vice-presidential pick, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
“I’m voting for Michael Pence,” said Herbert, a longtime friend of the Indiana Governor. “I think he’s a great individual. I think he’ll bring some stability.”
When asked about some of Donald Trump’s recent statements, Herbert said he won’t be an apologist for the Republican nominee.
“Clearly, what pops in his head and comes out his mouth is sometimes not filtered,” he said. “And people find that refreshing, a politician that’s not parsing his words. At the same time, that’s off-putting to many others.”
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has begun to reach out to Utahns. In an op-ed published in the Deseret News this week, Clinton mentioned the Governor’s decision to welcome Syrian refugees to the state.
“I appreciate the fact that she realizes the positions we’ve taken here in Utah and my positions specifically have been good policy and good positions,” said Herbert.
But the governor was quick to point to issues where he and Clinton don’t agree, including economic policy and the use of fossil fuels. He said he’ll stick with Trump.