State GOP members share views of Donald Trump at packed meeting

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Donald Trump is considered a legitimate candidate among Pennsylvania Republicans. Some support him while others take what he says or does not say with a grain of salt.

A few hundred members of the Pennsylvania GOP packed the ballroom at the Sheraton Friday night in Harrisburg. They’re taking part in a two-day meeting to gear up for the fall elections and the 2016 run to the White House.

“We have a lot of excitement in these debates.”

There’s also a lot of controversy on the campaign trail. Donald Trump came under fire for not doing anything after a rally attendee made a controversial comment about Muslims.

Many on both sides of the aisle say Trump should have taken a stand.

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey says voters are smart enough to come to their own conclusion.

“I don’t think people should ever assign to a different candidate what some other candidate said. Individual candidates will speak for themselves and I think people understand that.”

State Senator Mike Folmer says anything can happen during a Q&A.

“You can’t control things that have been said.”

Folmer says the Republican Party is on center stage after more than 23 million watched Wednesday’s debate.

“Carly did good, Chris Christie did good. Mark, they’re all good candidates.”

Folmer says people will zero in on what’s important to them

“I want to see issues…showmanship…I want to see issues I want to see their responses to questions the actual duties of the president is.”

Pennsylvania Republican Party Chairman Rob Gleason says Trump is one of many strong candidates in a diverse field that represents the country.

“I think we are showing everybody that we are a party that there is somebody there for everyone and I think we will come out of it with a very strong candidate for next year.”

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