Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.), who is vying to replace the retiring Reid, took a similar step.
“I can no longer look past this pattern of behavior and inappropriate comments from Donald Trump. Therefore, I cannot, in good conscience, continue to support him nor can I vote for Hillary Clinton,” he said in a statement. “My wife, my daughters, my mother, my sister and all women deserve better. The American people deserve better.”
Heck’s opponent, Catherine Cortez-Masto, isn’t buying this apparent change of heart.
“What you’re seeing now is not leadership,” she said. “It’s Joe Heck trying to save his career, but Joe Heck’s made clear that he’s with Donald Trump.”
But with just a month to go until Election Day, Democrats think such words are simply too late in coming. Trump, after all, has spent an entire campaign insulting women and minorities, supporting racists and enthusing about dictators.
Democrats don’t think voters will buy a conversion this late in the game ― even if they aren’t excited about Clinton, they will have seen Republicans stand by Trump for too long.
Indeed, the executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised that argument almost immediately after Ayotte finally disavowed her party’s standard-bearer.
“Just days after calling Trump a ‘role model’ she is now attempting the most politically craven effort at self-preservation that we’ve seen,” the DSCC’s Tom Lopach said. “The time for courage has passed, and Sen. Ayotte solidified her role in Trump’s party long ago. New Hampshire voters won’t be fooled by this stunning example of politics at its worst.”
But most of the GOP Senate slate still has not jumped from the Trump train, and Democrats are taking full advantage.
“This is someone my opponent fully supports,” former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) said of Rep. Todd Young (R-Ind.).
Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) put it to his opponent, Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, this way: “Donald Trump’s comments are indefensible. So is his candidacy. So one question remains for Sen. Johnson: Sen. Johnson, will you vote for Donald Trump to be President of the United States of America?”
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.) said the response from her foe, McCain, was “absolutely inexcusable and disgusting.”
“Any responsible leader would see that Donald Trump should not be president,” Kirkpatrick added.
Pennsylvania Democrat Katie McGinty had similar words for Sen. Pat Toomey (R).
“The only thing worse than Donald Trump’s comments are the people who should stand up to him but instead do nothing,” McGinty said. “Pat Toomey likes to say he’ll stand up to Donald Trump, but every time something like this happens, he runs and hides.”
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