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Baker not a fan of Trump or Clinton

Gov. Charlie Baker jokes with children from John F. Kennedy Elementary School, Jamaica Plain at a fish-stocking field trip. Photo: Screen grab MassGovernor

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker jokes with children from John F. Kennedy Elementary School, Jamaica Plain at a fish-stocking field trip. Photo: Screen grab MassGovernor

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is sticking to his guns and morals, and he still isn’t voting for Donald Trump. According to Baker, he isn’t voting for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton either.

On Wednesday, Baker took time away from trout stocking with elementary school students at Jamaica Pond to address the news that New York real estate mogul, Donald Trump was the lone Republican standing in the presidential race.When pressed about how he would vote, Baker said that it would depend on who else was on the ballot.

“I have a lot of friends and associates who are going to support Donald Trump and I have a lot of friends and associates who are going to support Hillary Clinton. But I’m not a big fan of either.” – Massachusetts Gov. Charles Baker

“As I think I’ve said on a number of occasions there are a number of issues that I disagree vehemently with Mr. Trump on and I question whether he’s got the temperament to serve as president.” On Clinton he said, “I think Secretary Clinton has some huge believability issues.”

Baker said he was going to spend his time between now and the fall election focusing on local campaigns. “I’ve already said before that I’m not going to vote for Mr. Trump and I sincerely doubt that I’ll be voting for Hillary Clinton either.”

The Republican governor, serving in a tried and true blue state, had issues with Trump’s rhetoric and posture on several fronts. “As I’ve said from the beginning of this race, I have concerns about Mr. Trump’s temperament and some of the things he’s said about women and about Muslims and religious freedom, that I just can’t support.”

Baker, who is known for his bi-partisan beliefs and ability to reach across the aisle, disapproved of the rhetoric and negative hyperbole seen throughout the primary run-up.

“People in this country deserve a race that’s based on issues, facts and judgement and policy,” Baker said. “And on what you want to do for the country. I hope we have that kind of race.”

This article originally appeared on Examiner.com on May 4, 2016. 

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