Reagan’s son: My dad would back McCain, Ryan

Ronald Reagan’s son says the former president would support Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe electoral reality that the media ignores Kelly's lead widens to 10 points in Arizona Senate race: poll COVID response shows a way forward on private gun sale checks MORE (R-Ariz.) and Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAt indoor rally, Pence says election runs through Wisconsin Juan Williams: Breaking down the debates Peterson faces fight of his career in deep-red Minnesota district MORE (R-Wis.) in their reelection bids.

Michael Reagan added that those in today's GOP have a different definition of a true Republican than in his father’s time in the Oval Office, saying many would consider his father a Republican in name only, or RINO.


Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response MORE on Tuesday declined to endorse McCain, Ryan and Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteBottom line Bottom line Bottom Line MORE (R-N.H.) amid their primary challenges.

“I like Paul, but these are horrible times for the country,” he told The Washington Post. "We need very, very strong leadership. And I’m just not quite there yet. I’m not quite there yet.

“I haven’t endorsed John McCain,” the GOP’s presidential nominee added. "I’ve never been there with John McCain because I’ve always felt that he should have done a much better job for the vets.

“We don’t need weak people. We need fighters in this country. But Kelly Ayotte has given me zero support, and I’m doing great in New Hampshire.”

Trump’s reluctance to embrace the trio of key Republicans raises concerns he might not unify his party ahead of November’s general presidential election.

Ayotte, McCain and Ryan have all previously endorsed Trump, but each has separately criticized the billionaire’s actions and tone.

Ryan is facing Wisconsin businessman Paul Nehlen in a primary battle for his House district.

McCain, meanwhile, is hoping to fend off a primary challenge Arizona GOP state senator Kelli Ward.

Ayotte is in a tough reelection race against Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) for New Hampshire voters.