From TALKING POINTS MEMO:
One of the most vulnerable Senate Republicans is engaged in an increasingly difficult rhetorical battle to back Donald Trump while distancing herself from his rhetoric and policies.
“I’m going to be voting for him but I do have significant disagreements with him, which I’ve been very clear on, so I won’t be endorsing him, “ Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) told CNN’s Manu Raju in an interview published Tuesday.
“There’s actually a big distinction,” Ayotte said. “Because everyone gets a vote—I do too–but an endorsement is one where I’m out campaigning with someone. And so while he has my vote he doesn’t have my endorsement, and I’m going to continue to really focus on my race.”
The New Hampshire senator has maintained this stance since she first announced that she would support Trump when he emerged as the presumptive Republican nominee in May. Her line has been more difficult to hold as she has spoken out against Trump’s “offensive” attacks on the Mexican heritage of a federal judge and on the parents of a Muslim-American soldier killed in Iraq.
The wheels are coming off the GOP wagon.