Gov. Rauner Still Won't Comment On Presidential Election

Sep 28, 2016

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He may call himself the leader of Illinois' Republican Party, but Governor Bruce Rauner is continuing his refusal to weigh in on this year's biggest election.

A record-setting audience of roughly 80 million people tuned in to watch Monday's presidential debate.

The next day, a reporter asked Rauner if he did the same.  

"I did not," the governor responded.  

Which means Rauner didn't hear Donald Trump's comments about Illinois' largest city.

"In Chicago they've had thousands of shootings -- thousands - since Jan. 1. And I'm saying 'Where is this? Is this a war-torn country? What are we doing?' "

When asked about this, the governor said he isn't commenting on presidential politics.  

Earlier this week, the governor suggested violence stems from a lack of opportunity.  Rauner also affirmed he would  support the Republican nominee.