Gov. Haslam takes issue with Trump on immigration, abortion

Haslam, Senate Committee Feb. 4, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says Donald Trump would need to make major policy changes before he could consider supporting the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination.

Haslam told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Trump, who easily won the state’s GOP primary, would have to make a more “blatant disavowal” of white supremacist groups, take a stronger stand against abortion and step back from his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the country.

Haslam endorsed Marco Rubio before the state’s Super Tuesday primary, but the Florida senator came in third behind Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

According to exit polls Tuesday, about seven in 10 Republicans said they support temporarily banning Muslims who are not citizens from entering the United States.

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