Vince Dooley endorses Donald Trump for president

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06/15/2016

Vince Dooley endorses Donald Trump in presidential race

BY Online Athens

Former University of Georgia athletics director and head football coach Vince Dooley has endorsed Donald Trump for president. “I think the whole thing is that you have to make a choice now,” Dooley said in an interview following his Trump endorsement. “I don’t exactly agree with everything he’s done,” Dooley said of Trump. But, Dooley went on to say, the United States “has lost prestige in a lot of ways ... it’s time for a new beginning.”

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Vince Dooley endorses Donald Trump in presidential race

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is greeted by former Georgia football coach Vince Dooley during a rally at the Fox Theater, Wednesday, June 15, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is greeted by former Georgia football coach Vince Dooley during a rally at the Fox Theater, Wednesday, June 15, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

BY Online Athens

Former University of Georgia athletics director and head football coach Vince Dooley has endorsed Donald Trump for president.

Dooley’s endorsement of the presumptive Republican nominee came at a Trump campaign rally Wednesday afternoon at the Fox Theatre in downtown Atlanta. Dooley previously was scheduled to attend an event later Wednesday afternoon at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, and appeared at the rally at the urging of his son-in-law, whom Dooley described as “a big supporter” of Trump.

“I think the whole thing is that you have to make a choice now,” Dooley said in an interview following his Trump endorsement, noting the presidential field was winnowed to just two people, with Trump as the presumptive GOP nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the presumptive Democratic contender for the White House.

“I don’t exactly agree with everything he’s done,” Dooley said of Trump. But, Dooley went on to say, the United States “has lost prestige in a lot of ways ... it’s time for a new beginning.”

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Dooley appeared on stage at the Atlanta rally with Trump briefly, telling him, “You’re the one who’s going to make America great again. God bless America. God bless Donald. The people have spoken.”

Dooley all but ruled out any active campaigning for Trump, saying he might appear at some future Trump event in Georgia, but likely wouldn’t do much beyond that.

“I doubt it,” he said when asked about the possibility of campaigning for the GOP presidential contender.

Dooley said he had know nTrump “indirectly” prior to his endorsement, recalling their association through the New Jersey Generals, a team in the long-defunct United States Football League. Herschel Walker, a star running back on the Dooley-coached team that won the 1980 national collegiate football championship, left UGA in his junior year to play for the Generals, who were then owned by Trump.

Walker is also in the Trump camp. In August, Walker told USA Today that Trump was his “frontrunner” for president, and he came to Trump’s defense in March of this year as allegations of racism on the part of Trump began to circulate.

Via Twitter, Walker said he personally known Trump for over 30 years, “and can confirm he is not a racist!”

Dooley previously endorsed GOP contender Jeb Bush, former Florida governor, brother of former President George W. Bush and son of former President George H.W. Bush, in the 2016 presidential race. Jeb Bush exited the presidential contest after a fourth-place finish in the South Carolina Republican primary earlier this year.

Dooley’s endorsement of Trump brings him in line with his wife, Barbara, whom Dooley said has favored Trump almost since the real estate magnate’s announcement nearly a year ago that he would be seeking the presidency.

“Early on, she said she was going to be for him,” Dooley said.

Neither of the Dooleys are particular strangers to the political arena. Vince Dooley has considered, but ultimately backed away from, runs for both governor and the U.S. Senate over the years, while Barbara Dooley ran unsuccessfully for a U.S. House seat in 2002.

BY Online Athens


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