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Usually eloquent Richard Corcoran less than eloquent on Trump

Incoming Florida Speaker Richard Corcoran has few words for Trump

Incoming Florida Speaker Richard Corcoran has few words for Trump



INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Ask incoming Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, who famously said earlier this year that Donald Trump "has offended every other possible group known to mankind," how to describe his attitude toward Trump now that he's about to get the GOP's presidential nomination, and Corcoran hesitates and smiles wryly.

"I don't -- I don't --" stammers Corcoran, who first backed Jeb Bush, then Marco Rubio, then Ted Cruz. "Um."

He finally settles on a word: "Encouraged."

Encouraged, above all, by Trump's vice-presidential pick of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. "It sends a strong message to the conservative base that this could be good," Corcoran told reporters Monday after the Florida delegation's breakfast. (An unscientific survey of Florida's 98 other delegates showed overall strong support for Trump).

But is Trump himself conservative? 

Corcoran responds with a side-eye.

"It's certainly -- there's never -- I'm --" he begins, undoubtedly trying to sound diplomatic. "I would argue that there's never been...there's never been a candidate you agree with 100 percent of the time. I'm not sure at times it exists in my own legislative chamber."


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