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Washington Examiner: GOP Leaders Dodge Trump Questions From the Media

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By    |   Friday, 30 Sep 2016 01:36 PM

In their last meeting with the Capitol Hill press before the Nov. 8 elections, Republican leaders attempted to discuss their own agendas and sidestepped questions about the party's presidential nominee Donald Trump.

"To avoid wasting our time here, this is not something I'm going to discuss today, the implications of the presidential race on the ticket," House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, according to the Washington Examiner. 

When a reporter asked McConnell why he refused to discuss Trump, the Kentucky lawmaker replied: "Because I choose not to."

Pollster Ron Faucheux told the Examiner that Republican candidates are trying to steer clear of Trump's latest controversies and focus on their own campaigns.

"This election is so treacherous, and Trump's actions so erratic, it makes perfect sense for down-ballot Republican candidates to run on their own and not get tied to the ups and downs of presidential politics," Faucheux said.

Some of Trump's recent controversies include comments he made about former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, calling the beauty queen "disgusting" and a "con."

Lawmakers appear to be tired of answering questions about Trump, reports the Examiner. 

When asked about the possibility of Republicans losing seats in Congress, House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters he thinks "a good night is keeping our strong majority, keeping the majority in the Senate, and Donald Trump winning, so we have unified Republican government.

"That is why we are here, to show the country that we can get things fixed and that we have a better path, and that is the conversation we're excited about having with our fellow citizens for the next month and a half," the Wisconsin Republican said.

Trump's impact is more critical in the Senate, where more than half a dozen Republican seats could be lost to Democrats and flip the majority to that side, the Examiner reports.

GOP strategist Ron Bonjean said Republican leaders "cannot tie their hopes to Trump because his campaign strategy is so unpredictable. They know it's imperative for them to have an insurance policy by running their races on a local level so they are connecting with general election voters."

Trump received mixed reviews after the first presidential debate and was angry with his allies for criticizing his performance.

Post-debate polls show Clinton has taken the lead, according to RealClearPolitics.

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