Lee Declines to Make Presidential Endorsement

Sen. Mike Lee says he’s not ready to throw his support behind anyone in the GOP presidential field, which includes his three “favorite coworkers” in the Senate.

Reports Politico (see also related The Week story):

Donald Trump might not want to count on the endorsement of Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee.


In a week that has seen three of his Republican colleagues toss their support in favor of the candidacy of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), the Utah Republican declined to endorse anyone near the conclusion of POLITICO’s “Getting to Yes” event held steps away from the U.S. Capitol at Union Station.


Asked whether he would back Trump, Lee began to speak, but then fell speechless.


“Speechless Senator, it happens once in a while,” he said, to laughter in the audience.


“If only I could comb my hair that way,” cracked Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who appeared with Lee at the event focused on bipartisan cooperation, moderated by POLITICO Editor Susan Glasser.


Lee said he has told his family that “one of the weirdest things that can ever happen to a guy is to have three of his favorite coworkers all running for president at the same time,” noting separately that he has good relationships with Rubio as well as Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, all candidates for the same job.