Donald Trump and John McCain haven’t had the friendliest relationship. Trump made headlines last July after denying McCain was a war hero, comments he justified by claiming McCain “has done so little for our Veterans.”Unexpected comments from a man who donated $28,450 to the McCain Victory Committee 2008, but Trump isn’t known for being predictable.
McCain won’t endorse a candidate during the primary, but it’s easy to guess who he absolutely doesn’t want to win — and for more than one reason.
As The Hill reports, there’s an unintended consequence of a Trump presidency that doesn’t bode well for McCain’s Senate career:
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is facing what may be the toughest reelection of his Senate career in an unpredictable presidential year, when many voters are angry with Washington.Early polls show McCain tied with his Democratic challenger, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.), at around 40 percent despite having nearly 100-percent name recognition in the state he has represented in either the Senate or House since 1983.
McCain’s path to victory is complicated by the likelihood the GOP ticket will be headed by Donald Trump, who has an overwhelmingly negative rating among Hispanic voters, a powerful and growing electoral bloc in Arizona.
A Merrill Poll released this past week showed McCain and Kirkpatrick essentially tied at 41 and 40 percent, respectively.[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]