- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said Wednesday she supports Republican Donald Trump “100 percent” and offered her enthusiastic endorsement of the New York billionaire in his bid for the presidency.

The two-term governor, who had been mum on her pick for president, said her priority is to elect a conservative, pro-business Republican who is strong on national defense, and that she believes Trump is that candidate.

“I know that our nation wants a change,” Fallin said. “Donald Trump has led a movement across our nation that will cause that change to happen, so I’m 100 percent behind him.”

Fallin also said she was honored to be discussed as a potential vice presidential candidate alongside Trump, although she said neither Trump nor anyone from his campaign had approached her about the possibility.

“It’s a great honor just to be mentioned,” said Fallin, a former state legislator, three-term lieutenant governor and two-term U.S. member. “My first and foremost goal right now is to finish our legislative session, but if I were to receive a call that said: ‘I need you to help make America great again,’ I’d be happy to take that call.”

Fallin’s endorsement comes a day after Trump’s resounding primary win in Indiana that led to his top two opponents, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, dropping out of the race, giving Trump a clear path to the GOP nomination.

Oklahoma’s senior U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, who had previously endorsed Marco Rubio, also said Wednesday that he would vote for Trump if he is the Republican nominee.

“The choice is now Trump or Clinton and I am in the anyone but Clinton camp,” Inhofe said in a statement.

Cruz won Oklahoma’s March GOP presidential primary election with 34 percent of the vote, six points above second-place Trump. Rubio finished third with 26 percent.


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