- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A U.S. Senator from Alaska says it is “idiotic” for anyone to even remotely contemplate getting support from the Ku Klux Klan.

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan’s comments came after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump this weekend claimed to know nothing about former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. Duke recently endorsed Trump. Trump later distanced himself from that support.

Sullivan, a Republican, told reporters in Juneau that he would support whoever becomes the Republican nominee, saying anyone would be better for Alaskans than Hillary Clinton, who is seeking the Democratic nomination.

Sullivan says he’ll vote in the state Republican party’s presidential preference poll Tuesday. But he would not say for whom.

One of the candidates, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, campaigned on Sullivan’s behalf during Sullivan’s 2014 race.

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