CHICAGO - After months of refusing to respond to questions on presidential politics, Gov. Bruce Rauner is speaking out against Donald Trump for the second day in a row.
"To be crystal clear, I am not endorsing in the presidential race, I am staying out of the presidential race," Rauner told reporters at an event at the University of Illinois celebrating Hispanic Heritage month.
The rare public denunciation comes just days after the release of a video from 2005 in which Trump says he uses his fame to make unwanted advances towards women.
"I am appalled by the rhetoric. The statements, especially the recent statements in that tape, just go beyond anything remotely reasonable. They are appalling, disgusting comments," Rauner continued.
At the same time, a new federal Super PAC is hoping to tie Rauner and other Illinois Republicans to Trump’s controversial comments with a new attack ad.
LIFT Illinois, released the 30-second ad Tuesday morning.
“Bruce Rauner and the Illinois Republicans support a man for president who insults women… demeans immigrants… and makes fun of the disabled,” the narrator says, while intermixing clips of Trump’s comments on women, immigrants and a disabled reporter as well as Rauner saying, “I will support the Republican Party’s nominee.”
Gov. Rauner made the comments during the primary race but has repeatedly sought distance from Donald Trump since he won the nomination, declining to attend the Republican National Convention in July.
The Chicago Tribune reports the committee, Leading Illinois For Tomorrow, spent $1 million on the ad.
Rauner has given more than $20 million dollars of his own money to the Illinois Republican Party this year, in an attempt to chip away at Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate in the November 8th election.