Majority of GOP senators to attend Trump convention

Majority of GOP senators to attend Trump convention
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A majority of Senate Republicans will be attending the party’s national convention in Cleveland this month, despite the reservations that many of them have about Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE.

A survey by The Hill found that 32 Senate Republicans plan to attend the convention in Cleveland later this month, while 18 will skip it. Four Republican senators said they had not yet decided.

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Only two senators facing competitive races in the fall will attend: Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSenators sound alarm on dangers of ransomware attacks after briefing Senate roundtable showcases importance and needs of women entrepreneurs Impeachment will make some Senate Republicans squirm MORE (Ohio) and Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrNC rep explores Tillis primary challenge Trump legal team gears up for Senate impeachment trial in meeting with GOP senators Senate Intel found no evidence of 2016 Ukrainian interference: report MORE (N.C.).

Portman will spend most of his time away from the main show, focusing on campaign events such as building a Habitat for Humanity home for a family in need and kayaking on the Cuyahoga River to help war veterans.

Burr said he would be at the convention only briefly.

Two vulnerable GOP incumbents, Sens. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonSenators sound alarm on dangers of ransomware attacks after briefing Push to investigate Bidens sets up potential for Senate turf war Overnight Defense: Trump clashes with Macron at NATO summit | House impeachment report says Trump abused power | Top Dem scolds military leaders on Trump intervention in war crimes cases MORE (Wis.) and Pat Toomey (Pa.), told The Hill in April that they anticipated going to the convention. In the past week they said their plans had changed.   

Trump’s stock in the Senate took a hit a month ago when he criticized an Indiana-born federal judge as unfit to preside over a lawsuit against Trump University because of his Mexican heritage.

Republican lawmakers are growing increasingly skeptical about Trump’s ability to win, especially after his latest campaign finance report revealed he had only $1.3 million cash on hand.

But the convention offers lawmakers a valuable chance to meet with donors and activists who can be helpful in the future. Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSanders meets with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Cruz knocks Chick-fil-A over past donation: It has 'lost its way' Overnight Energy: Relocated BLM staff face salary cuts | UN report calls for drastic action on climate change | California asks EPA to reconsider emissions rule MORE (Texas), who could run for president again in four years, will be in Cleveland to thank supporters and has been given a speaking slot.

The most active participants at the convention include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans Schumer briefs Democrats on impeachment trial 'mechanics' Trump legal team gears up for Senate impeachment trial in meeting with GOP senators MORE (Ky.) and Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisNC rep explores Tillis primary challenge Republicans raise concerns over Trump pardoning service members Tillis challenger dropping GOP primary bid in North Carolina MORE (N.C.), who will serve as delegates, and Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRosenstein, Sessions discussed firing Comey in late 2016 or early 2017: FBI notes Justice Dept releases another round of summaries from Mueller probe Iowa GOP lawmaker calls flying of trans flag above Capitol an act of the 'Rainbow Jihad' MORE (Ala.), an early Trump supporter who will chair the Alabama delegation.     

“An awful lot of political activists important in their home states are there. To pass up the convention means missing an opportunity to get connected to people who might be important in the future,” said Steven S. Smith, a political science professor at Washington University in St. Louis.

“There are some risks in going and being associated with a presidential candidate who may still go down in flames,” he said. “You can lay low. You don’t have to look for photo opportunities with Donald Trump.”

Democrats are using Trump, the GOP’s presumptive nominee for president, as their primary attack against Republican candidates.

“Whether or not they’ll be in Cleveland, Republican senators continue to support Trump’s bigoted and divisive candidacy, align with him on many of his out-of-touch policies, and are still holding a Supreme Court seat for him to fill,” said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman Sam Lau. 

Here’s a look at which Republican senators will be on hand for Trump’s big show.

32 attending

Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderRick Perry says Trump is the 'chosen one' sent 'to do great things' Impeachment will make some Senate Republicans squirm Crunch time for Congress on surprise medical bills MORE (Tenn.)

John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoTrump announces restart to Taliban peace talks in surprise Afghanistan visit Centrist Democrats seize on state election wins to rail against Warren's agenda Eleven GOP senators sign open letter backing Sessions's comeback bid MORE (Wyo.) — “I’ll be with the Wyoming delegation and chairing the platform committee.”

John BoozmanJohn Nichols BoozmanThe job no GOP senator wants: 'I'd rather have a root canal' Eleven GOP senators sign open letter backing Sessions's comeback bid VA chief pressed on efforts to prevent veteran suicides MORE (Ark.)

Richard Burr (N.C.) — “I’ll be there for a quick period.”

Bill Cassidy (La.) — “I am hosting something for our delegation from back home.”

Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsFormer US intel official says Trump would often push back in briefings Hillicon Valley: Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract in court | State antitrust investigation into Google expands | Intel agencies no longer collecting location data without warrant Intelligence agencies have stopped collecting cellphone data without warrants: letter MORE (Ind.)

Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate confirms Trump pick labeled 'not qualified' by American Bar Association Republicans raise concerns over Trump pardoning service members Collins opposes Trump's district court pick MORE (Maine)

Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerRNC says ex-Trump ambassador nominee's efforts 'to link future contributions to an official action' were 'inappropriate' Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Nareit — White House cheers Republicans for storming impeachment hearing MORE (Tenn.)

John CornynJohn CornynPush to investigate Bidens sets up potential for Senate turf war Pressure grows on House GOP leaders to hold line ahead of impeachment trial GOP senators warn Trump trade deal will go into 2020 if deal not reached this week MORE (Texas)

Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonHillicon Valley: House passes anti-robocall bill | Senators inch forward on privacy legislation | Trump escalates fight over tech tax | Illinois families sue TikTok | Senators get classified briefing on ransomware Senators urge FERC to protect critical infrastructure from Huawei threats Enhancing protections for sensitive information in congressional investigations MORE (Ark.) — Spokesman: “He does plan to attend.”

Ted Cruz (Texas) — “We’ve got nearly 600 delegates, and I want to go and say thank you for the hard work all of them put in.”

Joni Ernst (Iowa)

Deb FischerDebra (Deb) Strobel FischerSenate approves stopgap bill to prevent shutdown Eleven GOP senators sign open letter backing Sessions's comeback bid Female lawmakers make bipartisan push for more women in politics at All In Together gala MORE (Neb.)

Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerHillicon Valley: House passes anti-robocall bill | Senators inch forward on privacy legislation | Trump escalates fight over tech tax | Illinois families sue TikTok | Senators get classified briefing on ransomware Senators urge FERC to protect critical infrastructure from Huawei threats Senators sound alarm on dangers of ransomware attacks after briefing MORE (Colo.) — “At least part of it.”

Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyTrump escalates fight over tax on tech giants Falling impeachment support raises pressure for Democrats on trade Push to investigate Bidens sets up potential for Senate turf war MORE (Iowa) — “Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.”

Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchKey Republicans say Biden can break Washington gridlock Trump awards Medal of Freedom to racing industry icon Roger Penske Trump holds more Medal of Freedom ceremonies than predecessors but awards fewer medals MORE (Utah) — “I have second thoughts, but I’ll be there.”

John HoevenJohn Henry HoevenBottom Line The Hill's Morning Report — Schiff: Clear evidence of a quid pro quo Trump steps up GOP charm offensive as impeachment looms MORE (N.D.) — “I plan on it. Still working on the schedule.”

James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeRepublicans raise concerns over Trump pardoning service members Congress braces for chaotic December The job no GOP senator wants: 'I'd rather have a root canal' MORE (Okla.)

Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonLoeffler plans to spend million on Georgia Senate campaign Georgia governor bucks Trump with Senate seat appointment Lawmakers to watch during Wednesday's impeachment hearing MORE (Ga.)

James Lankford (Okla.)

Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeTrump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans Overnight Defense: Trump cancels presser, cuts short NATO trip | Viral video catches leaders appearing to gossip about Trump | Dem witnesses say Trump committed impeachable offenses | Trump reportedly mulling more troops in Middle East Trump legal team gears up for Senate impeachment trial in meeting with GOP senators MORE (Utah)

Mitch McConnell (Ky.) — Spokesman: “He will be a delegate.”

Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoCongress braces for chaotic December The job no GOP senator wants: 'I'd rather have a root canal' The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Trump calls into 'Fox & Friends,' talks impeachment MORE (W.Va.)

David Perdue (Ga.)

Rob Portman (Ohio)

Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsThe Hill's Morning Report - Intel panel readies to hand off impeachment baton The job no GOP senator wants: 'I'd rather have a root canal' The Hill's Morning Report — House set for Phase 3 of impeachment push MORE (Kan.) 

Mike Rounds (S.D.) — “For a couple of days.”

Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottSenate roundtable showcases importance and needs of women entrepreneurs Donald Trump does not understand manufacturing Senate approves stopgap bill to prevent shutdown MORE (S.C.) — “I am going.”

Jeff Sessions (Ala.) — Will serve as chairman of the Alabama delegation.

Dan Sullivan (Alaska) — “I am, for a little bit. Still working on my schedule.”

Thom Tillis (N.C.) — “I’m a delegate.”

Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerHillicon Valley: House passes anti-robocall bill | Senators inch forward on privacy legislation | Trump escalates fight over tech tax | Illinois families sue TikTok | Senators get classified briefing on ransomware Senators inch forward on federal privacy bill Hillicon Valley: Dueling bills set stage for privacy debate | Google co-founders step down from parent company | Advocates rally for self-driving car bill | Elon Musk defamation trial begins | Lawsuit accuses TikTok of sharing data with China MORE (Miss.) 

 

18 skipping

Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteGOP fears Trump backlash in suburbs Trump makes rare trip to Clinton state, hoping to win back New Hampshire Key endorsements: A who's who in early states MORE (N.H.)

Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntTrump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans Overnight Defense: Trump cancels presser, cuts short NATO trip | Viral video catches leaders appearing to gossip about Trump | Dem witnesses say Trump committed impeachable offenses | Trump reportedly mulling more troops in Middle East Trump legal team gears up for Senate impeachment trial in meeting with GOP senators MORE (Mo.) — Spokesman: “The Missouri primary election is two weeks after the convention.”

Mike CrapoMichael (Mike) Dean CrapoThe job no GOP senator wants: 'I'd rather have a root canal' Lawmakers battle over future of Ex-Im Bank Eleven GOP senators sign open letter backing Sessions's comeback bid MORE (Idaho) — “I’m in cycle and focusing on my own election.”

Steve Daines (Mont.) — “I’ll have my fly rod in my hand with my wife in Montana.”

Mike EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziSenate approves stopgap bill to prevent shutdown Budget process quick fixes: Fixing the wrong problem Eleven GOP senators sign open letter backing Sessions's comeback bid MORE (Wyo.) 

Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeLindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Kelly, McSally virtually tied in Arizona Senate race: poll The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Nareit — White House cheers Republicans for storming impeachment hearing MORE (Ariz.) — “I’ve got to mow my lawn.”

Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans GOP member urges Graham to subpoena Schiff, Biden phone records Trump legal team gears up for Senate impeachment trial in meeting with GOP senators MORE (S.C.)

Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerThis week: Barr back in hot seat over Mueller report Trump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary MORE (Nev.)

Ron Johnson (Wis.) — “Right now I don’t have plans to.”

Mark KirkMark Steven KirkWhy Republicans are afraid to call a key witness in the impeachment inquiry Ex-Rep. Duffy to join lobbying firm BGR Bottom Line MORE (Ill.)

John McCainJohn Sidney McCainLessons of the Kamala Harris campaign Overnight Defense: Trump clashes with Macron at NATO summit | House impeachment report says Trump abused power | Top Dem scolds military leaders on Trump intervention in war crimes cases Top Armed Services Democrat scolds military leaders on Trump's intervention in war crimes cases MORE (Ariz.) — “I’m up for reelection.”

Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranSenators inch forward on federal privacy bill Hillicon Valley: Dueling bills set stage for privacy debate | Google co-founders step down from parent company | Advocates rally for self-driving car bill | Elon Musk defamation trial begins | Lawsuit accuses TikTok of sharing data with China Advocates hopeful dueling privacy bills can bridge partisan divide MORE (Kan.) — “I haven’t made a final decision, but I haven’t planned on it.”

Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiThe Hill's Morning Report - Dem impeachment report highlights phone records Republicans raise concerns over Trump pardoning service members Pressure grows on House GOP leaders to hold line ahead of impeachment trial MORE (Alaska) — “I’m up in the state.”

Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio on Chris Pratt water bottle story: 'I too was caught with a single use plastic water bottle' House votes to sanction Chinese officials over treatment of Uighurs Poll: 51 percent of Florida voters disapprove of Trump MORE (Fla.) — Spokesman: “Marco had planned to go to the convention before he decided to seek reelection. Since Marco got into the race late, he will be in Florida campaigning and meeting with voters instead of going to Ohio.”

Ben Sasse (Neb.) — Spokesman: “Sen. Sasse will not be attending the convention and will instead take his kids to watch some dumpster fires across the state, all of which enjoy more popularity than the current front-runners.”

Richard Shelby (Ala.) — Spokesman: “I do not believe he plans to attend.”

Pat Toomey (Pa.) — “I’m not planning on being there.”

David VitterDavid Bruce VitterRed-state governor races put both parties on edge Louisiana Republicans score big legislative wins Trump calls on Republicans to vote out Democratic Louisiana governor amid GOP infighting MORE (La.) 

4 undecided

Thad CochranWilliam (Thad) Thad CochranMike Espy announces Mississippi Senate bid Biden has a lot at stake in first debate The Hill's Morning Report — Trump turns the page back to Mueller probe MORE (Miss.) — “I don’t know.”

Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulTrump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans Democratic congressman calls for study of effects of sex-trafficking law McConnell says he's 'honored' to be WholeFoods Magazine's 2019 'Person of the Year' MORE (Ky.) — “I haven’t decided.”

Jim RischJames (Jim) Elroy RischSenate panel to vote on Turkey sanctions next week Graham, Van Hollen warn Pompeo that 'patience' on Turkey sanctions 'has long expired' The job no GOP senator wants: 'I'd rather have a root canal' MORE (Idaho) — “I don’t know. Undecided.”

John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneHillicon Valley: House passes anti-robocall bill | Senators inch forward on privacy legislation | Trump escalates fight over tech tax | Illinois families sue TikTok | Senators get classified briefing on ransomware Senators inch forward on federal privacy bill House passes anti-robocall bill MORE (S.D.) — “We haven’t firmed everything up yet. It’s possible for part of it.”

- Updated on July 13.