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Wednesday, June 22, 2016 2:23 pm

Stutzman endorses Trump

Brian Francisco | The Journal Gazette

Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, announced Wednesday afternoon he has endorsed Donald Trump, the Republican Party's presumptive presidential candidate.

Stutzman, who is in the last of his six years in Congress after losing the GOP nomination for a Senate seat, said in a statement:

"Our country is drowning: heavy government regulation is slowing our economy, polarizing political leaders halting our legislative progress and enemies around the globe successfully preying on innocent Americans with no presidential leadership or solution to stop them. It's time to shake up Washington and look outside the box to fix our government’s spending problem, eliminate ISIS and return our nation’'s jobs stolen by China, Iran and Russia. America is desperate for a leader who will revitalize this stagnate economy and most importantly, re-establish the opportunity to attain the American Dream.

"Donald Trump'’s voice is resonating with Americans who feel their voice and country has been lost.... I agree that we need to make American great again and I look forward to supporting Donald Trump and endorse him as the Republican nominee and as the next President of the United States of America."

Stutzman is one of the few prominent Indiana GOP officials to endorse Trump, joining Gov. Mike Pence and Marsha Coats, a member of the Republican National Committee --– and perhaps her husband, U.S. Sen. Dan Coats.

A spokesman for Sen. Coats said in May, “"Donald Trump is the Republican nominee, and Senator Coats supports him.”" The spokesman declined at the time to say whether the statement was an endorsement.

bfrancisco@jg.net