Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin repeatedly refused to answer if he plans to formally endorse Republican nominee Donald Trump in an USA Today interview Wednesday morning.
“I’m going to be voting for Donald Trump. I’m going to do everything I can to make sure he wins,” Johnson said. “Sounds like an endorsement to me. I don’t worry too much about the words.”
Johnson quickly added he planned on campaigning for the Republican contender. Johnson plans to vote for Trump, help Trump win the general election in November, and campaign for Trump. Johnson still hasn’t formally endorsed Trump, however.
In a CNN interview last month, Johnson said on “State Of The Union,” “to me, ‘endorsement’ is a big embrace. It basically shows that I pretty well agree with an individual on almost everything. That’s not necessarily going to be the case with our nominee.”
Johson faces stiff competition in November himself. The Wisconsin Senate race involves two incumbents, one from either party, due to a redrawn district.
A July Marquette University Law School poll of over 600 likely voters put long-time Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold five solid points over Johnson. Democratic leaning Public Policy Polling’s survey of over 500 likely voters put Feingold ahead 13 points in June.
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio found himself in a similar predicament to Johnson’s after he announced his reelection campaign for the Florida Senate. Rubio mentioned he would support the nominee, but fell short of endorsing then-Republican front-runner Donald Trump when prompted.
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