In the United States, the President cannot make laws, he can only give suggestions, and sign or not sign laws that Congress makes. This puts any Republican House Member or Senator up for re-election in an interesting position. Do they support and endorse the party’s presidential nominee, or do they distance themselves away from him? Donald Trump is currently losing in this general election race and is alienating large segments of his party’s rank in file.
According to CNN, Republican New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte is hoping that challenging her party’s nominee will show her independence. “I will take on my own party,” Ayotte told CNN in Nashua Monday. “I really believe that this is a big issue in this race — that I am the one candidate that will stand up to whomever is in the White House to do good things when we can work together — also when it’s wrong to stand up to them.”
Republicans hold only a small majority in Congress. What it seems those Republicans, who are fighting for their seats are doing, is trying to convince voters to split their tickets. Reminding them of the “dangers of one-party rule.”
Ayotte is trying to align herself with Hillary Clinton, and that isn’t doing well for her. Clinton isn’t seen as honest and trustworthy with the American people. This is where Senators and House Members can come in, and try to claim they are not with Trump and working with their constituents best interest.
This is an interesting election, where aligning yourself with either presidential candidate can spell disaster for your race. Trump is seen as irrational, and Hillary is seen as untrustworthy. Many pundits believe that Hillary will win because people are more willing to choose the devil they know as opposed to the devil they don’t know. This election is not usual for anyone running for office this year.