U.S. Rep. Phil Roe says he’s working with one of the GOP presidential hopefuls as his preferred candidate, but he’s not yet prepared to say who that person is, reports the Kingsport Times-News.
“I am not prepared to endorse anybody at this time, but I am working very closely with one candidate,” Roe, R-Tenn., said in a conference call with reporters.
Roe added he probably will endorse that individual before March 1 — the date of the Tennessee Presidential Preference Primary and “Super Tuesday” primary elections for a number of Southern states.
GOP front runner Donald Trump, said Roe, “has not done himself well the last couple weeks” by losing the Iowa Republican Caucus.
“I think it will end up being a two-way race between (Sen. Ted) Cruz and (Sen. Marco) Rubio,” Roe predicted.
Roe said House Speaker Paul Ryan has assembled six task forces that are going to put together the Republican agenda over the next six months to basically frame the presidential election.
“We’re really setting this up for 2017 so if a Republican wins the presidency, we can show the American people exactly where we stand,” Roe told reporters.
Roe said he will serve on the health care task force, which will reconcile two GOP alternative bills to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. One is sponsored by Tom Price, R-Ga., a physician.
“We both agree on (selling health insurance) across state lines. We both agree on association health plans,” Roe said of the bills.