“The governor cannot support Donald Trump for president and is focused on seeing Massachusetts through the pandemic,” Guyton wrote in an email. “He will leave the analysis of the election to the experts.”
At a news conference earlier Wednesday, the governor said he would “take a pass” when asked who he supports as president. Baker’s office later said it said it accepted a pass on the issue, not a vote in this year’s election, according to WCVB.
In March, Baker declined to tell the State House News Office who he voted for in the Republican primary state, but said he did not vote for Trump. Earlier, the governor said he did not vote for Trump in 201
In the past, Baker has argued with Trump. He blamed the president’s “bitterness, struggle and self-interest” following protests across the country following the police assassination of George Floyd.
“I heard what the president said today about domination and the struggle. I know I should be surprised to hear inflammatory words like him, but I’m not,” Baker told reporters in June. “So many times in the last few weeks, when the country needed compassion and leadership the most, it just wasn’t anywhere.”
In September, Baker called on Trump and the Senate to “allow the American people to vote for president before a new justice is nominated or confirmed” following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Days later, he rejected the idea of remaining in office after losing an election after Trump would not commit to facilitating a peaceful transition.
“The peaceful transfer of power is what the people of this country rely on when they go to the polls,” he said. “It’s horrifying and outrageous that someone would suggest for a minute that if he loses the election, he won’t leave. Period.”
Baker is not the only Republican to fail to approve the president.
“I will not vote for President Trump,” Republican Gov. Phil Scott of Vermont said in August. “At this point, I haven’t decided whether to vote for former Vice President Biden, but that would be something I would think about.”
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland, a Republican governor and frequent critic of Trump, did not commit to voting for Trump when asked by radio host Hugh Hewitt in July, saying he would decide who to vote for by election day. Former President George W. Bush will not support the re-election of Trump, The New York Times reported in June, citing people familiar with his thinking.
And many Republicans have gone one step further and approved Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Former Ohio Gov. John Kasic, who was Ohio’s chief executive for eight years and was a candidate for the Republican nomination for president in 2016, was among the Republicans represented at the Democratic Convention.
Baker enjoys broad bilateral support. An August poll of likely Democratic voters in Massachusetts, conducted by the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, found that 89 percent of likely Democratic voters approved of Baker’s work – including 54 percent who strongly supported it.
This story has been updated with additional basic information.
CNN’s Paul LeBlanc contributed to this report.