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GOP Senator Says He'll 'Probably' Get Around To Letting People Know If He's Voting For Donald Trump

Time's running out, Sen. Toomey.

04/11/2016 2:59 AM AEDT | Updated 04/11/2016 4:32 AM AEDT
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With just days until election day, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) still won’t say whether he’ll vote for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Toomey, who is fighting to save his Senate seat in a tight election race, dodged the question repeatedly last month during a debate with his Democratic opponent, Katie McGinty. He narrowly trails McGinty ahead of Tuesday’s election. So it’s no wonder he was coy again on Thursday.

“Like a lot of Pennsylvanians and a lot of Americans, I am very disappointed with the choice that we have and I can’t vote for Hillary Clinton under any scenario,” he said in an interview on WTXF. “I have a lot of problems with Donald Trump. I have been very public about my criticisms when I’ve disagreed with him, and I’ve said so.”

Toomey added that he could see some benefits from a Trump presidency.

“I think he would sign some legislation that would be constructive if he were to become president, like repeal of Obamacare, and maybe restoring sanctions on Iran.”

Asked whether he would reveal if he was voting for Trump before election day, Toomey said he “probably” would.

Toomey made similar comments during the October debate with McGinty, despite repeated questions about whether he would vote for Trump. He said that voters didn’t care if he would. 

Several Republicans in tight reelection races have taken a similar position to Toomey and declined to reveal if they intend to vote for Trump. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) won’t say who he is voting for, and Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.), who is running for Senate, has said voters don’t have a right to know who he is voting for.

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) said he would let voters know if he was voting for Trump by the time voting ballots went out in his state. But Coffman still has yet to say if he would vote for Trump ―  and ballots went out on Oct. 17. 

Jennifer Bendery contributed to this report.

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Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar,rampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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