McConnell goes underground on Trump

By Burgess Everett (Politico) –

Senate Republicans know their already tenuous majority is imperiled further by Donald Trump’s disastrous weekend. But unlike House Speaker Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell is not actively pulling back from the Republican nominee — at least not yet.

McConnell is counseling individual senators and candidates about how to position themselves alongside Trump — without dictating strategy — as he talks them through the political perils of this election cycle, GOP sources said. Officials at the National Republican Senatorial Committee spent all weekend talking to candidates and campaign aides, urging them to be prepared to talk about Trump wherever they go but declining to offer explicit advice on whether Republicans should pull their support from Trump.
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