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McConnell supports Donald Trump as the Republican Party's "presumptive presidential nominee"

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U.S. Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell U.S. Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --  U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) said in a statement Wednesday that Donald Trump, as the Republican Party's presumptive presidential nominee, has the "opportunity and the obligation" to unite the GOP.

In a statement, McConnell, who is also the Senator Majority Leader, said he has committed to supporting the nominee chosen by Republican voters.

WDRB's Lindsay Allen sat down for a one-on-one with the Kentucky U.S. Senator on March 29.  Wednesday's statement echoes what he told Allen. 

"Will you support Donald Trump is he is the Republican nominee?" Allen asked.

"I am going to support the nominee of our party and the way that works is when you get 1,237 delegates, you're the nominee," McConnell said.

At the time, both Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich were still in the Republican race for president. 

Cruz dropped out after losing the Indiana primary on May 3; Kasich followed a day later. 

McConnell also said in his statement that Trump is on the verge of clinching that nomination. 

The Kentucky Republican says his party is committed to "restoring economic and national security" and preventing what he characterized as a "third term of Barack Obama" if Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton wins the White House.

He says Trump now must unite the party around "our goals."

You can read McConnell's full statement below:  
“I have committed to supporting the nominee chosen by Republican voters, and Donald Trump, the presumptive nominee, is now on the verge of clinching that nomination. Republicans are committed to preventing what would be a third term of Barack Obama and restoring economic and national security after eight years of a Democrat in the White House. As the presumptive nominee, he now has the opportunity and the obligation to unite our party around our goals.”

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