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Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger Walks Back Refusal to Endorse Donald Trump

Kinzinger previously said he could not support the nominee because he had "crossed so many red lines"

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    Just one month after denouncing Donald Trump, Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger walked back his comments about the Republican presidential nominee. 

    "Look, I never said I was a never Trump guy," Kinzinger told NBC News' Andrea Mitchell following Trump's speech on foreign policy Wednesday. "I did say though that he was crossing a lot of lines and I think that still holds true."

    "I'm not going to spend my time continually going out and rehashing those, but you know from this speech, yeah I mean, read off a teleprompter, you know it was good," he added. 

    The GOP congressman said in August that he would not support Trump, and noted that he was considering writing in a candidate on the presidential ballot in November.

    "I'm not trying to say to other people that you can't support Donald Trump, I'm saying for me personally, how can I support that?" he told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on August 3. "He has crossed so many red lines that a Commander in Chief, or a candidate for Commander in Chief should never cross."

    "I mean look, if I ultimately endorse Trump that'll happen," Kinzinger said Wednesday in response to Mitchell's question about who he will support for president. "If I don't, then I won't be endorsing anybody else like a Libertarian or Democrat, because I don't agree with either of their foreign policies, or you know the domestic policies, frankly, of Hillary Clinton as well."

    "I'm hoping that Donald Trump tonight off-script is able to articulate a foreign policy that it's agreeable," he added, referring to a national security forum with both Trump and Clinton scheduled for Wednesday night

    Kinzinger is running unopposed in his bid for reelection in Illinois’ 16th Congressional District.

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