LINCOLN — Gov. Pete Ricketts declined to weigh in Tuesday on Donald Trump's recent criticism of his family or whether he agreed with his mother that Trump was not fit to be president.

"I haven't endorsed any of the candidates, so I'm not in a position to talk about the candidates specifically," the Republican governor said when asked at a press conference.

"I can tell you what I think we need in a presidential candidate," Ricketts added, "which is someone along the lines of Ronald Reagan, who can pull people together and shares that uplifting vision of America like Ronald Reagan did."

On Monday, Trump tweeted that the Ricketts family was "secretly spending $ against me" and warned that it should be careful because "they have a lot to hide."

The tweet came after it was reported that the governor's mother, Marlene, the wife of TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, had donated $3 million to an anti-Trump super PAC.

Marlene Ricketts responded on Monday that Trump has not been "consistently conservative" and was too "unpredictable" to be elected president.

Gov. Ricketts said he couldn't venture a guess about what Trump feels the Ricketts family is "hiding."

"I note that he didn't even spell my name right," the governor said. It was spelled "Rickets" in Trump's tweet.

The governor said he hadn't made a decision on whether to endorse any of the Republican presidential candidates.

Earlier, he had said he would prefer that a governor get elected, but he noted Tuesday that more and more candidates with that experience are dropping out of the race.

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