Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Pat Toomey asserted Tuesday that Donald Trump "is not a role model" for children – getting hit with a question that's tripped up one Senate colleague in a tough re-election battle and is reportedly being posed to another GOP incumbent.
During a campaign stop in Wilkes-Barre, Pa, the Wall Street Journal reports that Toomey was asked the same question that forced New Hampshire GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte to retract her initial remark that the GOP nominee was a good role model.
"No, Donald Trump is not a role model; not for my kids and I don’t think for most American kids," Toomey told reporters, the Journal reported. "The vulgarity and gratuitous insults of people is not exactly the way I encourage my kids to behave."
Toomey, in a tough contest against Democratic rival Katie McGinty, added that he also didn't think Hillary Clinton was a good model either, the Journal reported.
Also Tuesday, Ohio Democrats called for GOP incumbent Sen. Rob Portman to answer the role model question too, The Hill reports.
Portman is facing former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland in the general election.
"Senator Portman has unequivocally endorsed Donald Trump, trusts Trump with the nuclear codes and wants Trump to shape the Supreme Court for generations – so it should be simple for him to answer whether he believes Trump is an appropriate role model for Ohio's children," said Daniel van Hoogstraten, a spokesman for the state Democratic Party, The Hill reported.
"This question is so straightforward that even Senator Portman should be able to answer it."
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