14 Republicans Who Haven't Endorsed or Backed McCain

The Hill reports that 14 Congressional Republicans are not endorsing John McCain. They are:

Republican members who have not endorsed or publicly backed McCain include Sens. Chuck Hagel (Neb.) and Jeff Sessions (Ala.) and Reps. Jones, Peterson, John Doolittle (Calif.), Randy Forbes (Va.), Wayne Gilchrest (Md.), Virgil Goode (Va.), Tim Murphy (Pa.), Ron Paul (Texas), Ted Poe (Texas), Todd Tiahrt (Kan.), Dave Weldon (Fla.) and Frank Wolf (Va.).

Their reasons are varied. Some say they will vote for McCain, they just won't endorse or publicly endorse him. Here's the chart (pdf).

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    Our Union is backing (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by Mrwirez on Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 07:32:36 PM EST
    Tim Murphy over the democrat. This is the same as when US Senator Arlen Specter runs, the IBEW backs him too. They are "good" republicans.
    It is sort of an oxymoron....like Jumbo-Shrimp.

    Specter does tend to vote with labor (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by andgarden on Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 07:34:13 PM EST
    He voted for card check, for example. But I don't know about Murphy. I'm guessing he does. I believe that his district actually has a Democratic registration plurality too.

    Do endorsements really matter? (5.00 / 1) (#58)
    by SueBonnetSue on Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 09:28:46 PM EST
    I've never noticed that they do.

    Man (5.00 / 3) (#62)
    by Steve M on Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 09:36:18 PM EST
    You guys made a train wreck out of this thread!

    Hopefully it will get cleaned up (5.00 / 1) (#64)
    by andgarden on Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 09:48:17 PM EST
    But you're right--I personally shouldn't have taken the bait.

    Nor I, and I wonder if they think he'll (none / 0) (#69)
    by Rhouse on Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 10:18:25 PM EST
    revert to his "maverick" ways and scr+w their re-election chances.

    Republicans will fall in line (5.00 / 1) (#70)
    by andgarden on Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 10:19:52 PM EST
    They always do.

    I just cleaned it (5.00 / 1) (#66)
    by Jeralyn on Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 09:51:32 PM EST
    This thread is about Republicans who haven't endorsed McCain. It is not about Barack Obama.

    Huh (none / 0) (#73)
    by rilkefan on Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 11:14:20 PM EST
    I hope that I wasn't inadvertently responsible for starting a pie fight.

    McCain definitely has problems (4.00 / 1) (#27)
    by DandyTIger on Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 08:22:07 PM EST
    with his core and with these types of people. One or more will never go his way -- e.g., Hagel. But the others may eventually. Of course he's always had trouble with the core given his maverick label and clear dislike for the bushies.

    I think McCain's VP nomination will be important in this regard. Though I hear many people say the core repubs will be motivated against Obama once the 527's start up, and so McCain instead only has to worry about moderates. Time will tell.

    The only ones of any interest to me (none / 0) (#1)
    by andgarden on Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 07:27:41 PM EST
    are Tim Murphy and Frank Wolf. The represent districts that could potentially be quite competitive at the Presidential level, and in important states.  

    Hagel? (none / 0) (#2)
    by rilkefan on Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 07:30:19 PM EST
    Is that about the war, or Obama naming him Sec of Defense?

    Hagel has made no secret of his (5.00 / 1) (#65)
    by JavaCityPal on Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 09:50:26 PM EST
    100% opposition of the war in Iraq. He does claim he is leaving politics when his term is up, but I've heard he also says he could be talked into changing parties for the right politician.

    Ron Paul is no surprise, either. Isn't he putting himself on the ballot as an Independent?


    The war, I'm quite sure (none / 0) (#3)
    by andgarden on Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 07:31:39 PM EST
    Hagel is getting out of the business, I think.

    I think... (5.00 / 1) (#71)
    by p lukasiak on Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 10:25:24 PM EST
    Hagel is angling for a VP slot on the Obama ticket....

    Doubt it (none / 0) (#72)
    by andgarden on Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 10:28:06 PM EST
    And Obama would be stupid to offer it.

    I agree. Hagel is keeping (none / 0) (#75)
    by kimsaw on Thu Jun 12, 2008 at 04:38:21 AM EST
    his options open, he's a maverick Republican and tied into Bloomberg's Unity '08 movement with Sam Nunn. I think he's positioning himself with the chance that Obama will pick a VP from this "bipartisan" group, which is full of the " can't we get along rhetoric" and no substantive platform. Same question for Hagel, where do you stand your ground and where to you compromise. It's anyone's  guess.

    I am sure at some point, they will all end (none / 0) (#7)
    by PssttCmere08 on Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 07:34:33 PM EST
    up backing him.  I don't think Doolittle is slated to be around much longer; and maybe Paul really thinks he has a shot at the White House!

    Ron Paul still hasnt dropped out. (none / 0) (#54)
    by rjarnold on Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 09:08:06 PM EST
    No surprise he won't endorse McCain.

    So (none / 0) (#67)
    by flyerhawk on Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 09:54:24 PM EST
    Insane Virgil Goode isn't backing McCain?   I guess that shouldn't surprise me.  I'm sure he thinks that McCain is nothing more than an old Liberal.

    Ron Paul (none / 0) (#74)
    by sociallybanned on Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 11:53:57 PM EST
    Ron Paul isnt going to endorse McCain cos he is running himself.