(l-r)Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump

This past weekend Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam released an official statement regarding Donald Trump and his presidential campaign. Gov. Haslam believes the Republican nominee should withdraw his candidacy and allow vice presidential nominee Mike Pence to take his place

Sunday evening just hours before the Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton debate he released this statement:

“In the past I have expressed my concern with Donald Trump’s policy positions. Like many others, I have also objected to many of the things he has said during his campaign. Those concerns have kept me from endorsing him.

“I want to emphasize that character in our leaders does matter. None of us in elected office are perfect, but the decisions that are made in the Oval Office have too many consequences to ignore the behavior we have seen.

“It is time for the good of the nation and the Republican Party for Donald Trump to step aside and let Gov. Mike Pence assume the role as the party’s nominee. If he does not step aside, I will write in a Republican for the Office of President.

“Finally, I want to urge Republicans to vote. Now more than ever, who we elect to Congress and our state and local offices is critical to the future of this country and state that we love.”

Trump tweeted Saturday that he will “never” drop out of the race. According to USA Today, Hillary Clinton is leading in most national polls by an average of 5 points.