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McCain's Dispute With Trump Complicates His Reelection Bid

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By    |   Tuesday, 02 Aug 2016 02:16 PM

Sen. John McCain's latest run-in with his party's presidential nominee Donald Trump is illustrating just how difficult it might be for Republicans running for re-election in states that are up for grabs, The Hill reports.

McCain lashed out at Trump for the real estate mogul's attacks on the Muslim parents of Captain Humayun Khan, a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq, saying, "It is time for Donald Trump to set the example for our country and the future of the Republican Party. While our party has bestowed upon him the nomination, it is not accompanied by unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us."


McCain was criticized for those comments from both sides of the aisle, demonstrating how difficult it is to walk a fine line if he is to win his sixth term as an Arizona senator.


His opponent in the Republican primary, Kelli Ward, told Breitbart that "the Khan controversy is a cynical political stunt cooked up by the Clinton Establishment, and, sadly, John McCain has fallen right into it . . . He really wants Hillary Clinton in the White House, and his tepid 'support' for Trump is only disingenuous pandering."

But the likely Democratic nominee, Anne Kirkpatrick, also lashed out at McCain, saying his "continued support for Donald Trump proves the Republican nominee can say or do anything, and McCain will still support him. By maintaining his endorsement of Trump, McCain is proving he no longer puts 'country first' and put politics ahead of standing on principle for himself or others."


Some recent polls have shown that McCain would lose in a race against Kirkpatrick after they previously showed he was in the lead, according to Daily News Bin, while others have him in a dead heat.

McCain was already on shaky ground with many conservatives for his willingness to compromise on immigration reform with Democrats, The Hill reports.


His position with Hispanics, with whom he has generally had good relations in his time in office, is also on unsure, as many in the community view Trump with great suspicion for his pledge to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and his views in general on immigration.

This is all the more troublesome for McCain due to the increasing number of Hispanic voters in Arizona since the last senatorial election, who are now estimated to make up some 20 percent of the electorate.

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