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Utah senator says U.S. Supreme Court is the reason Michigan Republicans should back Trump

Sen. Oren Hatch, R-Utah.
steve carmody
Michigan Radio
Sen. Oren Hatch, R-Utah, speaking to Michigan RNC delegation.

A day after Republicans nominated Donald Trump for president, Michigan’s GOP leaders are being urged to rally behind their nominee.

U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, originally backed Jeb Bush. Then Marco Rubio. Now, he’s backing Donald Trump.

Speaking to Michigan’s delegation to the Republican National Convention this morning, Hatch told Michigan’s Republicans it's time they do the same.

“And even if you don’t like Donald Trump, you got to get behind him and do it enthusiastically,” Hatch said, “because guess what the alternative is … it couldn’t be any worse.”

Hatch is particularly worried about the future make-up of the U.S. Supreme Court.

“The next president is going to have three to five members of the United States Supreme Court to nominate,” Hatch said. “And I can’t begin to tell you if it’s Hillary Clinton, we will be set back for well into a couple of generations.”

It’s been a long few days in Cleveland, which may be why Hatch praised Michigan’s Paul Ryan, referring to the Speaker of the House who’s actually from Wisconsin.

An aide says the 82-year-old senator simply “misspoke."

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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