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Home | News | Election Center: Vote2020 | Donald Trump endorses U.S. Sen. John Cornyn for re-election
President Donald Trump's endorsement is the latest sign that Republicans are taking U.S. Sen. John Cornyn's bid for re-election seriously. Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune

Donald Trump endorses U.S. Sen. John Cornyn for re-election

President Donald Trump endorsed the re-election bid Thursday of U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who is seeking his fourth term in 2020.

“Senator John Cornyn has done an outstanding job for the people of Texas,” Trump tweeted. “He is strong on Crime, the Border, the Second Amendment and loves our Military and Vets. John has my complete and total endorsement. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

Cornyn, speaking with reporters in Austin after the president tweeted, said he asked Trump for an endorsement.

“I did ask him for it, and I appreciate his support,” he said. “Obviously, we know that 2020 is gonna be another challenging election.”

The endorsement, 21 months before Election Day, marks the latest move that shows Republicans are taking Cornyn’s re-election bid seriously — something the senator quickly acknowledged to reporters Thursday afternoon. 

After a closer-than-expected U.S. Senate race in November between Ted Cruz and Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke, the state’s minority party has eyed Cornyn’s seat as a potential pickup in 2020. Last month, Steve Munisteri, a former Texas GOP chairman and longtime Republican fixture in the state, announced he was leaving the White House to join Cornyn’s campaign as a senior adviser.

Cornyn said Thursday that his team is “staffing up” and “trying to learn the lessons of 2018 [and] listening to what the voters are telling us.”

Still, it’s unclear who on the Democratic side may end up challenging Cornyn. O’Rourke, who has said he plans to make a decision about a potential presidential bid by the end of the month, has also been in talks with senior Democrats about challenging Cornyn, according to Politico. Cornyn quickly responded to such reports by sending a fundraising email earlier this week announcing a “STOP BETO FUND,” telling supporters “we need to be ready for anything.”

Beyond O’Rourke, Democrat MJ Hegar, a military veteran who unsuccessfully challenged U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, last year, told The Texas Tribune that she’s considering a run.

Author: CASSANDRA POLLOCK – The Texas Tribune

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7 comments

  1. #MAGA = MUELLER AIN'T GOING AWAY!

    Donald Trump’s endorsement for John Cornyn is the KISS OF DEATH!
    Beto O’Rourke could easily defeat this old white man,if he decided to run again for the senate.
    The only reason that Beto O’Rourke lost against Ted Cruz, is because of al the illegal gerrymandering done by the racist Rick Perry and Greg Abbott. And the voter suppression in east Texas done by the republicans during the 2018 midterm elections.
    The only way that republicans win elections is when they cheat!

    • You are one heart beat from a stroke. Where do all you crazies come from?

      • #MAGA = MUELLER AIN'T GOING AWAY!

        What do you know about a stroke Jerry? I’m just one phone call away from reporting you to the IRS!
        The crazies are from the trumpTURD world! there is where you basket of deplorables started from. Then you invaded the KVIA commenting forum.
        Mad Mike, Nadodave,YOU! Gee Dubb! etc. You see that here on the EPHP you can’t delete my comments,HaHahaHa….
        You are very comparable and identical to Dylann Roof,Cesar Sayoc your twin brother,and Christopher Paul Hassan,to name a few.
        CRAZY JERRY!!!

        • For the sake of the public, get back on your meds & seek some mental help. You are a potential danger to the public.

          PS: who is Jerry?

          • #MAGA = MUELLER AIN'T GOING AWAY!

            You are Jerry! that’s YOU! you freaking moron or do you want me to call you Watch Hawg from your screen name on the KVIA forum?
            You are a fake and a pedophile creep,that is why you have giggles living with you. As a smoke screen coverup.
            You deplorable scumbag!

    • Well dipshidiot, Cornyn will win, and there isn’t anything you can do about it

      • #MAGA = MUELLER AIN'T GOING AWAY!

        Beto O’Rourke has a chance to run and become the 46 president of the United States! that or become the vice president.I’d rather he wait and run for John Cornyn’s seat in the senate,because real Patriot American’s, all eyes are on him.
        John Cornyn is ready for nursing home pasture,old senile republican white man stooge doing Vladimir Putin’s work in the U.S. senate by removing sanctions against a Russian oligarch.You should go and shine his old worn frail slippers.

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