Pensacola mayor Ashton Hayward said Monday that he would not attend the rally, scheduled for Wednesday evening, of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Pensacola Bay Center.

“I’m not going to be at the rally,” Hayward said.

Asked Monday which candidate he’s supporting for president, Hayward praised several Republican hopefuls, but wouldn’t commit to a particular candidate.

“There are some great candidates,” Hayward said. “I like Chris Christie. And I like Rubio. I like Governor Bush. Cruz, I’m learning about Cruz every day. He’s obviously an extremely bright guy. And Mr. Trump, we know what he’s done in the private sector, and that’s very important. He’s obviously been a big proponent of job creation.”

Check back next week for part one of our exclusive, in-depth interview with Mayor Hayward.



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