Washington: Ending days of suspense, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump today endorsed his party's two stalwarts House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator John McCain for re-election and vowed to make Republicans a "big tent" party as was under ex-president Ronald Regan.
"In our shared mission to make America great again, I support and endorse our Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. We need unity. We have to win this election. This is truly one of the most important elections in my lifetime," Trump said at an election rally in Ryan's home state of Wisconsin.
Over the past few days, Trump had refused to endorse either Ryan and McCain fueling speculations that all is not well among the Republicans and the party is not united ahead of the crucial November general elections.
While Ryan is expected to easily sail through his House seat, McCain is facing a tough battle from the Arizona Senate seat.
"While I'm at it, I hold in the highest esteem Senator John McCain for his service to our country in uniform and in public office and I fully support and endorse his re-election," Trump said amidst cheer from supporters.
"This campaign is not about me or any one candidate, it's about America. I understand and embrace the wisdom of Ronald Reagan's big tent within the party," Trump said.
Lalit K Jha