State Sen. Rapert Calls On Trump To Promise Cruz U.S. Supreme Court Seat

May 4, 2016

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Arkansas’ State Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Bigelow, a conservative Christian and abortion opponent, says he will support his party’s nominee for president, even if it is Donald Trump. 

Rapert told KUAR Wednesday he is “extremely” pro-life and that any Republican candidate will be better than Hillary Clinton. Most recently, he backed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who ended his campaign Tuesday. Earlier in the campaign season, Rapert had supported former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who dropped out after failing to get much support. 

Rapert said he believes Trump is open to changing his positions, and he will continue to listen to voters, and focus his views on conservative values.

He added Trump would be assured of a victory against likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, if he would hone in on pro-life, conservative values, and make a promise to voters to appoint Harvard Law School graduate Ted Cruz to the nation's high court.

"No doubt he'd be one of the most qualified people to serve there," said Rapert.

Further, Rapert believes in order to win, Trump must select a running mate that can draw out evangelical Christian voters, who don’t always show at the polls. 

"Donald Trump is just speaking on behalf of a lot of angry and upset Americans, and we need them to be voting," he said. "[But] what he needs to do to is capture and motivate that particular segment of [evangelical] voters."

Conservative Christian voters will only have themselves to blame if they don’t go to the polls, he added.