Toomey tries to use disagreements with Trump to advantage

    Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is trying to turn his refusal thus far to endorse GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump into a strength.

    In a Monday appearance at the Pennsylvania Press Club, Toomey insisted there’s no evidence his Democratic challenger Katie McGinty would stand up to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, should Clinton be elected.

    McGinty is broadly in line with the top priorities of President Barack Obama and Clinton, and has endorsed Clinton. Polling shows McGinty and Toomey in a neck-and-neck race that could tilt Senate control.

    Toomey is routinely criticized by Republicans who support Trump for refusing to back the billionaire developer. Toomey says he’s weighing Trump’s “outrageous and offensive” statements with the good Trump could accomplish.

    McGinty couldn’t name a policy disagreement with Clinton when asked last month at the Press Club.

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