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AFL-CIO urges GOP senators to ‘renounce’ Trump

The AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest labor organization, is putting pressure on Senate Republicans to “renounce” GOP president nominee Donald Trump.

With Trump slipping in the national polls, the AFL-CIO, which endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton in June, is making a bid to shake up the Republican majority in the upper chamber by linking GOP candidates in tight races to the outspoken billionaire.

{mosads}The AFL-CIO launched a series of petitions Wednesday targeting Republican Sens. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Rob Portman (Ohio), Pat Toomey (Pa.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), Richard Burr (N.C.), Roy Blunt (Mo.), and Rep. Joe Heck (Nevada), who is running for Senate.

Trump is trailing Clinton in most of these states.

“It is important that our members know which senators have aligned themselves with Trump’s radical agenda and demand better,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement.

“The petitions call on each senator to put country before party and renounce Donald Trump as dangerous and unfit to be president.”

The petitions highlight Trump’s support for right-to-work laws that critics say weaken union membership, and comments he later walked back expressing a belief that wages are “too high.”

Each petition uses the same language, saying that Trump “has proven he’s unfit to be president” and inserting the targeted lawmaker’s name saying the lawmaker still supports Trump.

“What’s the final straw going to be…?” it asks each lawmaker.

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