U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) says he plans to support presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Cole told NPR’s Morning Edition Thursday he's interested in Trump's positions on tax reform and deregulation. But he also called Trump a "shoot from the hip" candidate," and said he doesn't like the New York businessman's tendency to make provocative statements.
“Would I prefer somebody that I knew better, that had more of a public track record, having held office, having cast votes, those sorts of things? Probably so. But again, I also respect my voters,” Cole said.
Cole also said he’s concerned most Republicans and Democrats feel they have the best choice in this fall’s general election.
“The country has worked itself into a situation where two candidates that are the major party nominees are more unpopular than popular,” Cole said. “And that's really disturbing. I mean we are not in a position where I think either side thinks they've got their best choice at the top of the ballot."