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TheChat: Sen. Jerry Moran isn’t ready to back Donald Trump


Good morning.

▪ “Mr. Trump must now work to address the serious concerns many conservatives — myself included — have about some of his positions and comments, as well as unite the Republican Party around our common goal of securing a brighter future for our kids and grandkids. If he accomplishes this, he will have my support.” — Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, a Republican, indicating he’s holding off endorsing Donald Trump.

Other Kansas Republican leaders, including Sen. Pat Roberts and Gov. Sam Brownback, said they’d back the nominee. Not Moran. Other GOPers in Kansas also are withholding support.

▪ “At age 91, President Bush is retired from politics.” — a spokesman for the first President Bush saying that Bush 41 has no plans to endorse Trump.

Bush 43 also has no plans to endorse. That should come as no surprise given the tensions between Trump and Jeb Bush during the primaries. Their reluctance speaks volumes about the challenge ahead for Trump when it comes to pulling the party together.

▪ “It’s like saying you lost a million dollars because you didn’t win the lottery.” — Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a University City Democrat, explaining why she voted to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of an education funding measure.

Lawmakers and Nixon are locked in a game of semantics here over what it means to fully fund education. The bill in question lowers funding targets. Nixon says that eliminates the potential for funding when the state is flush. Republicans say the funding goals are too ambitious. The Senate passed the override. Now the House will consider it.

▪ “Some of the most pressing issues of our time, issues that affect real Americans, are hanging in the balance.” — Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver of Kansas City writing in an op-ed about the need for the Senate to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat.

Cleaver, a Democrat, cited a key immigration case now before the court that stands to be decided by eight members. “No other president has been faced with this reckless and disrespectful obstruction on a SCOTUS nomination,” Cleaver wrote in a comment that almost surely will draw some disagreement among Republicans.