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Mark Bircher, longshot candidate in CD 13, endorses Donald Trump

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Mark Bircher, who’s running for in Florida’s 13th Congressional District, has endorsed Donald Trump for president.

Bircher released this statement:

“I will be voting for Donald Trump on Nov. 8.

“I find that Mr. Trump and I share common ground on the overwhelming number of issues. I share his passion for securing our borders, making trade practices fair, strengthening our military, stopping endless wars, and developing an economic policy that will not bankrupt America. As a fellow political outsider, I welcome the change he has brought to the political process run by the establishment. As a former Marine, I have always believed in America first.

“As your representative, I will have no reservations working together with President Trump.

“Perhaps what I appreciate most is the fact that Mr. Trump is a businessman. Business owners are the backbone of this country. Mr. Trump builds great buildings. But more important than buildings, Mr. Trump creates jobs. The entrepreneurs, business owners, and American workers create the wealth and quality of life in this country, not the government. Together, he and I will work to provide an atmosphere that encourages economic health.

“I have great confidence that a businessman and patriot like Mr. Trump can help right-size our bloated federal government. He can remove or reduce many government-imposed regulations and taxes that impede business and stifle job creation.

“I support Donald Trump as our party’s nominee for president. Contrary to the position taken by Rep. [David] Jolly, in my view, any hesitation or uncertainty by Republican leadership to endorse Mr. Trump is the equivalent of supporting the Democratic nominee.”

Bircher, a retired Marine Corps general, is running against Jolly in the Aug. 30 Republican primary for the 13th Congressional District. The winner will face Democrat Charlie Crist in the Nov. 8 general election.

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