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Rep. Mike Coffman's Donald Trump Ad Keeps Republican Nominee at Arms Length

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By    |   Friday, 05 Aug 2016 09:30 AM

Republican Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado released a campaign ad promising to "stand up" to Donald Trump if he's elected president, leaving some wondering whether other GOP leaders will make similar moves to distance themselves from Trump.

Talk that the billionaire businessman's campaign might be imploding has increased in recent days, with Trump slipping in the polls after a controversial feud with the parents of an American Muslim soldier who died in Iraq.

Coffman, who is running against Democrat Morgan Carroll in the Denver area, released the ad Thursday.

"People ask me, ‘What do you think about Trump?'" Coffman says in the ad. "Honestly, I don’t care for him much. I certainly don't trust Hillary. I’m a Marine. For me, country comes first. My duty is always to you. So if Donald Trump is the president, I’ll stand up to him. Plain and simple. And if Hillary wins, I’ll hold her accountable every step of the way."

Coffman's ad follows a decision by Republican Rep. Richard Hannah of New York to back Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, USA Today noted.

Coffman is considered one of the "most vulnerable Republicans in the country," CNN reported, calling the ad a "calculation to distance himself from Trump's controversial candidacy."

The Democratic Congressional Campaign released a follow-up ad urging voters "don’t let Mike Coffman get away from this gimmick."

Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois is also distancing himself from Trump, and released an ad in June saying, "Donald Trump is not fit to be commander in chief."

While Coffman hasn't ruled out voting for Trump, a spokeswoman told The Denver Post that he is considering other candidates.

"Like many Coloradans, he is not happy with his choices at the top of the ticket and he is taking a hard look at all of his options and that includes [Libertarian candidate] Gary Johnson," Coffman spokeswoman Cinamon Watson told the Post. "Hillary Clinton is not an option."

Over the weekend, Coffman said he was "deeply offended" by Trump's criticism of Khizr and Ghazala Kahn, whose son died in Iraq in 2004.

In Colorado polling, Trump is as far as 8 points behind Clinton, the Post noted.

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Republican Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado released a campaign ad promising to "stand up" to Donald Trump if he's elected president, leaving some wondering whether other GOP leaders will make similar moves to distance themselves from Trump.
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