GOP candidates for governor say they will support whoever is nominated

Jan 22, 2014

Past Republican primaries for governor have been so bruising, a party leader famously described them as a "circular firing squad." But the candidates say they'll put that aside after the primary. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.

At a debate at Chicago's Union League Club the Republican candidates for governor tried to set themselves apart on questions about transportation funding, Medicaid, and government consolidation. But they all had the same response to this question:

"To the group: do you all individually agree to support the Republican nominee, whoever he is?Show of hands! Alright good, give 'em a round of applause." (claps fade under)

Senator Bill Brady, Senator Kirk Dillard and Treasurer Dan Rutherford each raised their hands. A fourth candidate did not -- venture capitalist Bruce Rauner.  He wasn't there to answer the question.

His campaign didn't say where he was, only that Rauner will participate in a total of six debates - the fewest of any Republican in the race.  The spokesman says Rauner will support whomever ends up the GOP nominee.