MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson is one of a growing number of prominent Republicans who say that come November they won’t be casting a vote for their party’s nominee, Donald Trump.
On WCCO Sunday Morning, Carlson said he likes Trump’s Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, as a candidate, because she’s a public policy aficionado and she “really works well with others.”
“That’s not Donald Trump’s strong suit by a long shot,” the former governor said.
What Carlson hopes Clinton will do is bring in prominent Republicans to work in bipartisan task forces, thereby creating a policy buffer between the White House and Congress.
“That way, you come into Congress, not just with a partisan plan, but with a bipartisan plan and tremendous buy-in, if you will, from the American people,” Carlson said. “I think she has the capacity to do that.”
Carlson, a longtime Republican, has often been critical of his party, saying that in recent years the GOP in the state has focused more on what people do in their bedrooms and less on how to improve the economy.
Carlson served as governor of Minnesota from 1991 to 1999.