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Jolly: 'It is time for Donald Trump to withdraw from the race'

Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores, on the House floor Tuesday

Alex Leary | Times

Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores, on the House floor Tuesday

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Rep. David Jolly Tuesday morning on the House floor amplified his call that Donald Trump leave the race for the president, denouncing the presidential candidate's proposal to bar any Muslim from entering the U.S.

“We do face a security test that I believe the president's policies have underestimated," the Pinellas County Republican said. "But we also face a test of our commitment to religious freedom, one of the basic freedoms upon which our nation was founded. … It should be heartbreaking to every American that we have a front-runner in the presidential race that suggests there will be a religious test for anybody who wishes to come to our shores. ... It is time that my side of the aisle has one less candidate in the race for the White House. It is time for Donald Trump to withdraw from the race.”

Jolly is a candidate for U.S. Senate and Republicans are increasingly worried that Trump will have a negative effect on down ballot races. The U.S. House is in no danger of slipping to Democrat control but the GOP has to defend a lot of seats in the more closely split Senate.

Jolly was followed in morning speeches by Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., who praised Jolly. “It needed to be said.”

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 11:27am]

    

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