Ex-RNC chief suggests he'd back Biden over Trump
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A former Republican National Committee chairman suggests in a new article he would consider voting for Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenSantorum: Dems have a chance in 2020 if they pick someone ‘unexpected’ The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates — Trump taps William Barr as new AG | Nauert picked to replace Haley at UN | Washington waits for bombshell Mueller filing Warren fell for ‘Trump trap’ with DNA test, says progressive MORE over GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpCorsi sues Mueller for alleged leaks and illegal surveillance Comey: Trump 'certainly close' to being unindicted co-conspirator Trump pushes back on reports that Ayers was first pick for chief of staff MORE in a theoretical general election matchup.

“I would not vote for Trump, clearly," Mel Martinez, who also served as a senator from Florida, told The Wall Street Journal for a story published Monday night.

“If there is any, any, any other choice, a living, breathing person with a pulse, I would be there," Martinez added.

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The newspaper said Martinez ruled out voting for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSantorum: Dems have a chance in 2020 if they pick someone ‘unexpected’ Trump should heed a 1974 warning penned by Bush NRCC breach exposes gaps 2 years after Russia hacks MORE, the Democratic front-runner, but could have backed Biden over Trump if the vice president were in the presidential race.

Martinez, who on Monday announced his backing of Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioDems have new moniker for Trump: ‘Unindicted co-conspirator' John Kelly’s exit raises concerns about White House future Rubio: We don’t need direct evidence crown prince ‘ordered the code red’ on Khashoggi killing MORE in the GOP race after Jeb Bush dropped out in February, told the Journal that Trump's path to the nomination is "kind of cooked."

Some Republicans have begun to weigh the possibility of supporting an alternate candidate if Trump, who is riding high heading into Super Tuesday, secures the GOP nomination.

Ben Sasse of Nebraska became the first GOP senator this week to publicly declare he would not support Trump if he were the nominee, telling other Republicans, "We can do better."

Trump is looking to fend off Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP tensions running high on criminal justice bill Strategist behind Warren's political rise to meet with O'Rourke: report Trump tells McConnell to let Senate vote on criminal justice reform MORE and Marco Rubio on Tuesday, when a dozen states hold voting in the GOP race after Trump picked up three consecutive wins in February.