Republican Senator Murkowski will not support Trump and does not rule out leaving the party

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski said she could not support her party’s candidate in the 2024 presidential election, Donald Trumpand has not ruled out becoming independent.

“I wish as Republicans we had…a candidate that I could support,” Murkowski told CNN. “I certainly can’t support Donald Trump.”

In an interview, Murkowski did not say whether she would remain a Republican, CNN reported Sunday.

Asked if she would become an independent, Murkowski replied: “Oh, I think I’m very independent-minded. … I just regret that our party is apparently becoming a party of Donald Trump.”

She said she’s going through some interesting political times. “Let’s leave it at that,” she said.

Murkowski, 66, was the first Republican senator to call for Trump’s resignation after his supporters attacked the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in an attempt to stop Congress from certifying Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory in 2020. She then voted to impeach Trump, a fellow Republican.

In return, Trump endorsed Murkowski’s Republican challenger, Kelly Tshibaka, in the 2022 election.

Murkowski has represented Alaska in the Senate since 2002 and has built an independent reputation as one of the chamber’s few centrists.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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