• July 24, 2024

Mike Pence Sides With Trump, Takes Back His Endorsement Of McCain

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This week, Mike Pence was praising McCain, but all of a sudden he made a huge u-turn.

Now, he’s not supporting McCain?

Here’s more from Hot Air’s Allahpundit.

Now here’s Pence today. Question: Is there any plausible explanation for him declining to endorse ol’ Mav apart from Trump instructing him not to?

Mike Pence declined to endorse John McCain or Kelly Ayotte in their re-election bids while talking to reporters while flying to a campaign stop in Virginia.

“I look forward to supporting Republican candidates in the days and weeks ahead all over the country, and so does Donald Trump,” Pence said. “But the stakes in this election are so high. To restore our country and home and abroad, we need new leadership, and I’m looking forward to standing should to shoulder with Donald Trump to drive that new leadership forward.”…

Pence, when asked whether he has shared any other positions of disagreements beyond Trump’s declining to endorse Speaker Paul Ryan, told reporters that “those private conversations” will remain private. “I did you a favor in letting you endorse your friend Ryan,” Trump probably told him, “now you’re going to do one for me and withhold endorsements from other incumbents.” Which, in fairness to Trump, isn’t irrational. His nationalist base was doubtless annoyed at seeing Trump’s number two backing dreaded “globalist” Paul Ryan and then more annoyed when Paul Manafort declared that Ryan will win his primary next week. Trump had to do something to make amends and show that he’s still planning, kinda sorta, to cleanse the Augean stables of Washington. That starts with staying out of Republican primaries and not backing GOP dinosaurs like Maverick, even though McCain stands a better chance of holding his seat in a tough cycle by virtue of incumbency than any primary challenger would. Especially if Trump underperforms in Arizona at the top of the ticket.

Read more at Hotair

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