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Why Some Senate Republicans Won’t Be Attending Milwaukee’s GOP Convention

(left) Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) arrives for an all-Senator closed-door briefing at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, on December 5, 2023, and is scheduled to hear from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky via video conference. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)/ (C) Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) speaks during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the Special Diabetes Program in Washington, DC on July 11, 2023. (Jemal Countess/Getty Images via JDRF)/ (right) Senator Todd Young (R-Indiana) in Washington, DC on March 22, 2024. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)

OAN’s Brooke Mallory
Thursday, May 23, 2024 4:42 PM

With the 2024 election approaching and former President Donald Trump taking to the debate stage with Joe Biden, Senate Republicans who are not known to be staunch supporters of Trump are currently debating whether to attend the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee this July or avoid attending altogether.

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Four Senate Republicans — Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Todd Young (R-Indiana), Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) — have already told news outlets: The Hill They are not going to attend the convention.

They are, The Hill He said he would not attend events marking the former president’s coronation in July.

Additionally, five senators — Sens. Mike Rounds (South Dakota), Susan Collins (Maine), Bill Cassidy (Louisiana), Jerry Moran (Kansas) and Rand Paul (Kentucky) — have said they have not yet decided whether they will attend.

“Everyone has to make their own judgment, but this is part of our political life,” said Sen. John Thune, D-Lausanne. “The convention has been going for a long time, and I think the party is tasked with bringing the nation together to make decisions that are important for the leadership of our country.”

“I understand that for some people it’s not a big priority,” he added.

Both Young and Murkowski noted they had travel scheduled that week but did not specify what it was.

Additionally, given the mutual disdain between Romney and Trump (Romney voted twice to convict Trump during the impeachment trial), no Mormon senators were scheduled to attend.

In a brief interview, Tillis said he hadn’t made up his mind yet but “probably won’t go.”

“To be honest with you, I’m not a caucus-goer. I go back to the states, there’s the campaign, there’s the delegates,” Tillis said. “I have other priorities that I have to sort through during the week before I make a decision.”

Collins said she had to first reassess her timeline and had not yet made any firm decisions.

Cassidy said he hasn’t decided yet, but The Hill I plan to ask him the same question as the tournament approaches.

But during Trump’s second impeachment trial, both Collins and Cassidy voted in support of Democratic efforts to convict Trump for his alleged role in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.

Rounds has said he has no plans to attend but said he might change his mind if Trump picks a partner he likes. During the presidential primary, the South Dakota Republican was a staunch supporter of Sen. Tim Scott of South Dakota, but also listed Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida as a supporter.

“Maybe,” Rounds said when asked if he would be interested in attending if Trump selected Scott. “If I could support his candidacy, I’d seriously consider it. … I haven’t secured a hotel room yet, but that doesn’t mean I can’t secure one in the future.”

Meanwhile, Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Alaska) also spoke out on the matter.

“I don’t understand why it’s a debate. [about going]”Aren’t they worried about our country? This is not about the president, this is about our country,” said Tuberville, the first Republican lawmaker to endorse Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign.

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