GOP lawmaker: I wouldn't vote for Cruz or Trump in November
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A centrist House Republican says he won't vote for Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE or Texas Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzPoll shows competitive matchup if O’Rourke ran for Senate again Democrats veer left as Trump cements hold on Republicans O’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation MORE in the November presidential election if either candidate becomes his party’s nominee.

When asked Tuesday by a local radio station whether he would support either man in the general election, Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) laughed before replying, “I’m going to say this without equivocation: No.”

Hanna, who is retiring after the end of this year, has previously said he would never support Trump. But he’s not joining other establishment-minded Republicans — like Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Memo: Trump and McCabe go to war Graham seeks new Rosenstein testimony after explosive McCabe interview Senate confirms Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general MORE (R-S.C.) or 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney — in turning to Cruz as an alternative to Trump.


“Ted Cruz shut down the government. That’s his one accomplishment,” Hanna told WRVO, in reference to the 16-day shutdown in 2013.

“Do you really want these two men, one [Cruz] who said he would turn the Middle East to glass or another [Trump] who thinks it's even rational to try to deport 11 million people, to build a wall and make the Mexicans pay for it?” Hanna added. "Ted Cruz wants to patrol Muslim neighborhoods. That's downright Orwellian and ridiculous on its face."

Hanna said his party seems unrecognizable in this year’s presidential primary campaign.

“This is going to offend some people, but you’re watching the requiem of a political party. This party used to be the party of common-sense fiscal conservatism. It’s become, I think, ideologically strangled, that it has become a victim of its own extremes,” Hanna said.

Yet Hanna was noncommittal about instead supporting Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the only other remaining GOP candidate, in New York’s April 19 primary. Hanna has so far not endorsed any candidate.

“Of the people that are there, he’s most reasonable, thoughtful. I think he’s tried to be a gentleman through this, and clearly others have not,” Hanna said of Kasich.

When asked whether he would sit out the election if Trump or Cruz were the nominee, Hanna said he’s still waiting for an alternative.

“I’m going to watch, read, try to understand and wait for — I’m not going to speculate,” he said.

A handful of other centrist Republicans have also said they will never back Trump, including Reps. Bob Dold (Ill.) and Carlos Curbelo (Fla.), along with fellow retiring lawmakers such as Reps. Scott RigellEdward (Scott) Scott RigellGOP rushes to embrace Trump GOP lawmaker appears in Gary Johnson ad Some in GOP say Trump has gone too far MORE (Va.) and Reid RibbleReid James RibbleSetting the record straight about No Labels With Trump, conservatives hope for ally in 'War on Christmas' GOP rushes to embrace Trump MORE (Wis.). 

Curbelo, who previously endorsed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOn The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week Trump declares national emergency at border Democrats veer left as Trump cements hold on Republicans MORE (Fla.) before they both dropped out, last week said he wouldn’t rule out voting for Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Sarah Sanders says she was interviewed by Mueller's office Trump: I believe Obama would have gone to war with North Korea MORE over Trump.