Democratic congressman refuses to campaign with Hillary Clinton

Some Democratic Politicians Not Getting Too Close to Clinton

It's no secret that some Republicans aren't backing their party's nominee for president.

But there's also a number of Democrats who don't seem eager to get too close to Hillary Clinton.

"I'm not going to campaign with her. That's not my role at all. My responsibility is to work directly with my constituents," U.S. Rep. Brad Ashford of Nebraska said.

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U.S. Rep. Brad Ashford — Nebraska's lone Democrat in Congress — didn't appear with the Democratic nominee when she recently campaigned in his state, even though he already endorsed Clinton.

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Mitt Romney has been critical of Trump's rhetoric. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Senator John Thune (R-SD) addresses delegates during the third session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 29, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Former U.S. President George H. W. Bush has not endorsed Trump, and insiders revealed in September he plans to vote for Hillary Clinton.


Jeb Bush, former Governor of Florida and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, was one of Donald Trump's primary targets during the primary season. 

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Former Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich stayed in the primary longer than most other candidates, and notably refused to appear at the GOP convention in the same arena with Trump, attending other events instead. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a close friend to Sen. John McCain, has been a vocal critic of Trump's. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
UPDATE: Although he didn't endorse Trump during the 2016 convention, Ted Cruz eventually changed his mind, saying in September he'd vote for the GOP nominee (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) 
Pictured: George Pataki participates in CNBC's 'Your Money, Your Vote: The Republican Presidential Debate' live from the University of Colorado Boulder in Boulder, Colorado Wednesday, October 28th at 6PM ET / 8PM ET -- (Photo by: David A. Grogan/CNBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) addresses the second session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 28, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Then there's Jim Justice, West Virginia's Democratic nominee for governor.

"I cannot be a supporter of Hillary Clinton. The reason I can't be is her position on coal is diametrically, completely wrong in many, many different ways," Justice said.

During a CNN town hall meeting back in March, Clinton said, "We're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business."

That didn't sit well with West Virginia voters — many of whom have seen their local economies tank due to coal mines shutting down.

And there was one notably awkward moment with Democratic New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan.

"Do you think she's honest?" asked CNN's Manu Raju.

"She has a, um, critical, um, critical plan, among others, to make college more affordable," Hassan said.

After she dodged questions about Clinton's trustworthiness in an interview with CNN, her campaign later said Hassan thinks Clinton is trustworthy.

There's one thing all of these Democrats have in common: They're all in re-election races for their offices.

And with more than half of voters having an unfavorable opinion of Clinton, these politicians might be trying to avoid associating with her too closely.

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