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Ayotte and Toomey’s Anti-Trump Opportunism Fails

From a piece I did for LifeZette. No doubt, were Trump way ahead in their states, these two senators would be putting their “reservations” about the GOP nominee aside and embracing him.

Two Republican senators facing brutal re-election battles in critical presidential battleground states have damaged themselves and Donald Trump by failing to flatly endorse the Republican presidential nominee.

Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, respectively deadlocked with New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan and former Bill Clinton adviser Katie McGinty, have each refused to endorse Donald Trump. But their equivocation probably hurts them more than it helps. They’ve cast themselves to voters as opportunists trying to please everyone while allowing their opponents to continually badger them about Trump.

By straddling the fence, she has the worst of both worlds. She is telling voters she can’t quite bring herself to take a stand and … she keeps herself still open to criticism.

Meantime, Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman, once thought vulnerable, took a stand by endorsing Trump and is up in the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls by 13 points over former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland.

You can read the rest of the article here on LifeZette.

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15 Responses to Ayotte and Toomey’s Anti-Trump Opportunism Fails

  1. The most of them are chameleons.
    Politician’s endorsements mean nothing to me.
    They are slimy opportunists.
    Portman isn’t a bad guy on the whole, but again, he is a politician.
    Strickland on the other hand was governor of Ohio and ran us into debt.

    Portman is ahead because we know Strickland.

  2. Good article Keith. And interesting side note about Portman.

    Ayotte thinks people will forgive her this should be elected again. I find no use for KA. She serves no other purpose than to stand between McCain and Graham as a prop and vote as a bloc. I am often at odds with McCain and Graham but they are at least consistent in and stand by their bad decisions. Ayotte doesn’t have a position without consulting them.

    Looks like out on the campaign trail without her buddies she can’t take a stand.

  3. How you can spot a politician. Just look at their index-finger. If it is all shriveled and wrinkled which indicates it’s constant sticking in the mouth wetting it, then hoisting it into the wind.

  4. I myself, put more weight into celebrity endorsements, instead of politicians endorsing each other. Too based the weight is only the amount of a soap bubble. Who cares if one crook/public trust abuser endorses another.