New Mexico GOP congressman says he’d back Trump if nominee

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2015, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally, in Las Vegas. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, rejected Trump's recent statements about Muslims, saying Israel "respects all religions" as he faced calls to call off an upcoming visit by the Republican front-runner. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico’s sole Republican congressman says he will back any GOP presidential nominee over Democrat Hillary Clinton, even if that nominee is Donald Trump.

But U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce told The Associated Press on Friday he disagrees with some of Trump’s proposals about the U.S.-Mexico border and will have no problem standing up to Trump if he believes those proposals will hurt the border region.

He says those proposals wouldn’t get through Congress anyway.

The Hobbs Republican says if Trump wins the required number of delegates to secure the GOP nomination the party should respect the will of the voters and not try to thwart Trump at any contested Republican convention.

Pearce represents New Mexico’s congressional district along the U.S-border with a predominantly Latino electorate. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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