Rep. Luke Messer appeared on Fox News and addressed GOP nominee Donald Trump's campaign, the recent video of the candidate from 2005, and the rift between Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan.
"Paul will focus on his job to make sure we have Republican house majority after this election. I think Paul very clearly understands the problems of a Hillary Clinton presidency," the Indiana Republican said of Ryan's fallout with Trump.
"This is a non-traditional situation," he continued. "I understand traditionally we've been able to grab the banner of our nominee and full-throated scream and cheer like at a college football game. That is not where we are but the stakes are very high. Frankly I think the vast majority of Republicans across the country are behind our nominee."
"We need to vote for Republicans up and down the ticket," Messer said.
Messer previously criticized Trump's explanation for his sexual comments in the 2005 video released Friday.
"Donald Trump's words were wrong," Messer told The Star Press in a statement. "Period. He must know they were wrong, because he quickly apologized … a rare occurrence in Trump world. My hope is he will do more to explain how he may have changed in the 10 years since these disturbing and disrespectful comments were made."
He reiterated his distaste for Trump's remarks on Fox News, while maintaining his support for the GOP nominee.
"Listen, I'm a father of a 12-year-old, and 13-year-old and 9-year-old. I can't defend those kind of comments," Messer said. "I never thought I would see a day where a Republican nominee would be recorded anywhere making those kind of comments but I also understand the broader stakes that we have."
"If we all stay focused on Hillary Clinton and stay focused on the direction the left would like to take this country and present our positive view how it would be different, with a stronger national policy, with a stronger economy, then we'll all be better off," he concluded.
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