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Haslam Says He Won't Make Up His Mind On Trump Until They've Met Face-To-Face

Gov. Bill Haslam answers questions alongside U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, Tenn. GOP Chairman Ryan Haynes and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander. They've said they'll support the likely Republican nominee, Donald Trump.
Chas Sisk
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Gov. Bill Haslam answers questions alongside U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, Tenn. GOP Chairman Ryan Haynes and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander. They've said they'll support the likely Republican nominee, Donald Trump.

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he's still making up his mind whether to support Donald Trump in the general election, and he plans to hold out until he can meet face-to-face and see where Trump stands on some key issues.

Haslam is about the only Republican leader in Tennessee who hasn't said yet if he'll back the GOP nominee. He's been able to avoid the question while traveling in Asia.

Now back in Tennessee, Haslam says he still isn't going to take a position.

"This is a very winnable race for our party that we need to win," Haslam said. "I have a few questions that I'd love to talk about with Donald Trump. I think there's going to be a group of governors that's going to meet with him in the next couple of weeks, and I look forward to having those conversations."

Those issues include how Trump would approach education and health care if elected president. Haslam wants states to have more control over how those dollars are spent.

Haslam places those concerns ahead of Trump's often heated rhetoric, though the governor says he believes "words matter" and wants to talk to Trump about that too.

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Chas joined WPLN in 2015 after eight years with The Tennessean, including more than five years as the newspaper's statehouse reporter.Chas has also covered communities, politics and business in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. Chas grew up in South Carolina and attended Columbia University in New York, where he studied economics and journalism. Outside of work, he's a dedicated distance runner, having completed a dozen marathons