Rand Paul: I'll support Trump if he's the nominee

Former presidential candidate Rand Paul said Friday he would still support Donald Trump if the controversial real estate tycoon ends up as the Republican nominee.

Paul’s statement, in response to an Enquirer reporter’s question, puts him at odds with the remaining Republican presidential field.

Ted Cruz, John Kasich and Trump have all backed off from earlier pledges to support the Republican nominee no matter what.

Paul, during a visit to Northern Kentucky Friday morning, said he will support whoever is the Republican nominee, even if it’s Trump. He said it’s better than supporting Democrat Hillary Clinton.

“I think we never get the candidate we exactly want unless you’re the candidate,” Paul said. “Think about it from this perspective. I’m from Kentucky, and Hillary Clinton recently said she would put coal miners out of business, and she would put coal companies out of business.”