- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2016

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner won’t discuss his decision not to endorse Donald Trump for president, and he says he’s skipping the Republican National Convention in Cleveland to focus on his state’s problems.

Rauner told reporters Friday “I don’t need to go to Cleveland,” adding he’s “focused 100 percent” on Illinois.

An aide to the Republican said Thursday he won’t endorse Trump or attend the GOP convention.

It’s unusual for the leader of a state party not to attend. Rauner said “There are a lot of things I’m doing different as governor.”

Asked specifically about Trump, he said he’s said everything he’s going to say about the presidential race.

Rauner previously said he’d support Trump if he’s the party’s nominee. He’s also said he’s been “appalled” by the rhetoric in the Republican race.


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