Murkowski Still Undecided On Voting For Trump

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she does not know if she will vote for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump this fall.

But the moderate Alaska Republican told The Associated Press she knows who she won’t vote for, and that’s Democrat Hillary Clinton. Murkowski is concerned that Clinton’s policy positions would be harmful to a resource-producing state like Alaska.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski

Sen. Lisa Murkowski

Murkowski said she has not endorsed Trump and will continue to speak out on issues where they disagree. She said that she has time to decide how she will vote in the November election.

“I’ve got a few months to listen, as other Americans are, to what is laid down in terms of policy, and we’ll figure it out,” she said Monday.

Another GOP moderate, Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, on Monday became the latest Republican to announce she would not vote for Trump. Unlike Collins, however, Murkowski is up for re-election this year.

Murkowski faces no major opposition in next week’s GOP primary. But at least two of her rivals, independent Margaret Stock and Democrat Edgar Blatchford, have called on Murkowski to take a stand against Trump.

Blatchford, who is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Murkowski in November, said it’s scary to think of Trump, “a guy who has a temper-tantrum problem,” in the White House.

“You just cannot vote in this election based on party discipline,” Blatchford said. “I think what you have to do is, you have to stand up and say, ‘This is the right thing for the country.’ “

Jim Lottsfeldt, a political strategist, said one of the criticisms Murkowski often gets is that she can be “a little too safe” in her approach. He thinks Murkowski will win re-election regardless of her stance on Trump. But he would like for her to be more open about her thoughts on Trump.

“She can speak her mind without paying a price for speaking her mind, and I think she should,” Lottsfeldt said Tuesday.

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About the Author

Casey Reynolds
Reynolds served as communications director for the Alaska Republican Party from 2008-2011. He left the Party in 2011 to host his own popular morning radio political talk show on AM750 / FM103.7 KFQD. Reynolds now runs The Midnight Sun (midnightsunak.com), crowned by the Anchorage Press as “Alaska’s best political blog.”
  • ratfishtim

    http://www.newsminer.com/news/local_news/alaska-congressional-delegation-offers-reluctant-support-of-trump/article_72c0e758-1292-11e6-a557-1b476d8bec65.html

    In May, Lisa Murkowski told the News-Miner that she’ll support Trump despite his “troubling” statements and hope he works to unite the party.

    “I have always supported the Republican nominee for president. Elections are about choices and while Hillary Clinton is not my choice — with her clear record against Alaska’s priorities — Donald Trump has made numerous inappropriate statements in the past that are troubling. Now, he needs to shift his focus to unite Republicans around conservative policies that will bring economic growthand prosperity back to our nation.”

    Now, It appears that Murkowski is attempting to have it both ways, first by saying that she will “support the nominee,” and now saying she is not “endorsing” Trump – a lawyerly formulation.

    To paraphrase an editorial from elsewhere: There’s also a price for inaction. Ultimately, a senator who can’t manage to take a public, unequivocal stand regarding a man like Trump only
    raises questions about her own judgment.

    So, I have two questions.

    1. Trump supporters: what do you think about Lisa Murkowski being unwilling to tell you if she endorses/supports Donald Trump, and whether she will vote for him?

    2. Non-Trump supporters: what do you think about Lisa Murkowski being unwilling to tell you if she endorses/supports Donald Trump, and whether she will vote for him?

    • LennyTheLongliner

      What is the deadline for Sen. Murkowski to decide? Would seem that she is trying to get a grasp of what Trump’s actual positions are before making a decision. Does anyone care about Congressional endorsements anyways? Or is this just a wedge issue that Dems see as politically expedient?

  • james_cahier

    #FIREmurkowski2016

  • Ed freedom

    Makes zero difference to anything. Trump doesn’t care about this race and would be perfectly happy to see Hillary win. He’s friends of theirs and has contributed multiple times over the years to her political slush funds. Our system is at a tipping point and I’m concerned that no matter what we do we are looking at a president snow situation here. The rights and freedoms we enjoy today will not be given to our grandkids most likely unless people wake up and vote before it’s too late. 15%? Is that all the people that could take the ten minutes out if your day to fill in a few circles? Sad…we deserve whatever the people in power do to us unless we get control over this low voter turnout.