TOPEKA — Gov. Sam Brownback said Friday that Donald Trump’s vice presidential choice and business acumen are indications the Republican presidential nominee is better suited to run the nation than Hillary Clinton.
Near the end of a lengthy discussion with reporters in his office, the Republican governor was asked if Trump’s propensity to stir controversy and keep fact-checkers busy makes Brownback nervous about Trump’s chances in the November election.
“Well, I know who Hillary Clinton will appoint to the Supreme Court. She’ll move it left. I don’t think there’s any question about that,” he responded.
There is a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, placing it at the forefront of the race between Trump and Clinton. Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s appointee to the high court, has not received a hearing in the Senate. He was nominated in May.
Brownback acknowledged Trump was not his first choice for a Republican nominee — the governor endorsed U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida in February — but applauded Trump’s list of prospective Supreme Court appointees and choice of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as a running mate.
“His vice presidential choice in Mike Pence — in fact, I know Mike well — is a good man, a man of faith. I have confidence in Gov. Pence,” Brownback said.
Brownback then was asked if he has confidence in Trump to run the nation.
“Running a nation is a big proposition involving lots of people, just as running a state government is a pretty major proposition involving a lot of people,” Brownback said. “What he’s shown in Gov. Pence is that he’s going to get good people around him. You’ve got to realize that’s the way a nation is run.”
Brownback said the business mogul has done well as an executive, unlike Clinton, who Brownback said has a “pretty bad track record on running organizations.”
“So I think those matters have to be weighed in there as well,” he said.