PA-Sen: Toomey Punts on Campaigning with Trump
Perhaps the most interesting dynamic to watch over the course of the next few months is how close or far Senator Toomey positions himself from his party’s presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump.
So far this year Toomey has endorsed Marco Rubio, voted for Ted Cruz, called links to Trump “outrageous”, and even challenged The Donald to be more open to criticism.
Today, though, Toomey seem noncommittal when it came to whether he will campaign with Trump when the New Yorker inevitably comes to campaign in the Keystone State.
In an interview with 1210 WPHT’s Chris Stigall, Toomey was confronted with that scenario.
“I do have to ask you because I haven’t talked to you since we do have the now presumptive nominee Donald Trump and I have to ask you the question that’s been burning in me to ask you is will Pat Toomey, if the occasion arises, campaign with Donald Trump in Pennsylvania, a guy who believes he can win this state by himself, will you campaign with him or do you feel strategically like it’s just better to run your own campaign and let him handle his stuff?,” Stigall asked.
“I’m definitely going to run my own campaign,” Toomey responded. “We will run separate campaigns.”
“Whether our paths cross, whether we are together at an event, I don’t know,” he continued. “I don’t rule that out. That would be a function of the logistics and what makes sense on a given moment in the campaign.”
It would be fair to say, as we have in the past, that Toomey does not want to commit himself to any firm stance on Trump until he has a clearer indication of how the presidential nominee will campaign (and perhaps how he’ll do in the polls).