Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore (R) on Thursday said he would chair voter-registration efforts for Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJulian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy Overnight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results MORE’s presidential campaign in the commonwealth.
“I will vote for Donald Trump,” he told host Liz Claman on Fox Business Network’s “Countdown to Closing Bell." "As a matter of fact, in Virginia I’ve been asked to chair the registration get-out-the-vote effort. I’ll be doing that.
“I am very well aware of what a Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll MORE presidency would be like. We don’t want that. We’ve got to win the election and prevent Hillary Clinton from becoming president.”
Gilmore said Virginia is in-play for Trump, GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee, despite going blue for President Obama in 2008 and 2012.
“Virginia is a state now that doesn’t automatically go either Republican or Democrat,” he said. "It’s a very sophisticated state.
“You’ve got to make the case,” added Gilmore, who suspended his GOP Oval Office bid in February. "That’s why I ran for president, in order to move the country in the right direction. The Democratic Party will not do that. Hillary Clinton will not do that. The big picture direction for the country is absolutely vital.”
Gilmore added that the “Never Trump” movement must cease its attempts at keeping the billionaire from the Republican presidential mantle and challenging Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner.
“I’ve heard all this stuff about how conservatives ought not to be supporting Trump and that kind of thing,” he said. "I’m in the conservative movement. It’s time to rally to the candidate. The time has come to unify the party and carry the country for Republicans.
“The conservatives had their chance to find their candidate. They scattered their votes around people who probably shouldn’t have gotten them in the first place. They’re partially responsible for this situation."