In the middle of what’s shaping up to be a tough 2018 midterm election for Republicans, not a lot of them are willing to go out on a limb about the next election, and whether they’ll sign on for a second Trump term. CNN interviewed “more than two dozen GOP lawmakers, ranging from rank-and-file members, conservatives and party leaders,” many who wouldn’t say where they’d land in a Trump re-election bid.
“I don’t know what the world is going to look like,” said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, when asked if he’d endorse Trump for re-election. “But let’s say it’s not something I’ve given any thought to.” […]
“Look, I’m focused on opioids,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander, the veteran Republican from Tennessee, referring to efforts in Congress to deal with the drug epidemic. “And I was just reelected myself three years ago. So, I’m focused on that.” […]
“That’s a little loaded,” said Rep. Bill Huizenga of Michigan when asked if he’d support Trump for re-election. “One: we need to make sure that he’s actually moving forward and wants to go after this—so when he makes a declaration, then I think that would be a time to determine whether there are others (who) run or not.” […]
The conservative South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford, when asked about backing Trump’s re-election bid, said: “I’m worried about my own race right now.” […]
“That’s 2020—pretty far away,” he said when asked if he’d back Trump for re-election.
Ringing endorsements, there. There is one Republican senator, though, who is falling all over himself to volunteer as Trump cheerleader number 1. That would be Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) who tweeted his support for Trump, responding to the CNN story, and then went further, telling CNN reporter Manu Raju “The Trump movement is real. … He will be our nominee. I’m confident of that, and I will support him.” Guess who else is running for re-election in 2020 and who is continually having to fight off primary challenges from his right.