U.S. Rep. Candice Miller Explains Trump Endorsement, Leaving Congress

Miller defends Trump’s calls for protectionist trade policies and a wall on the Mexico border.

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For more than a decade, U.S. Rep. Candice Miller (R-Harrison Township) has been representing Michigan’s 10th Congressional district. Now she’s set to retire from that post, and is running for a new office — Macomb County public works commissioner. And the Republican has been endorsed by the Democratic County Executive Mark Hackel.

Why does Miller want to make this move? And does she have any desire to run for governor of Michigan in two years?

“I’m a Michigan girl and I thought it was time to come home,” Miller tells Detroit Today host Stephen Henderson at last week’s Mackinac Policy Conference. She says it’s a big job that comes with a lot of responsibility.

“What’s underground – that we don’t see – is impacting our quality of life,” she says.

Henderson asks Miller why she chose to endorse GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump for president in 2016. That’s despite his calling for protectionist trade policies, a philosophy Miller has opposed in the past.

“Donald Trump is our nominee and I will support our nominee,” says Miller. “We have had some unfair trade policies.” She even goes as far as to defend Trump’s proposal to build a wall on the border with Mexico. 

“We do need to build a bit of a wall there, and we have built a bit of a wall,” she says.

To hear the full conversation, click on the audio player above.