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Election 2016

Despite Recent Tape Controversy, Senator Cornyn Stands Behind Trump

U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas says he’s disgusted by Donald Trump’s words about women. But Cornyn says he still supports the Republican presidential candidate.

U.S. Senator John Cornyn addressed the Greater Houston Partnership to talk about bipartisan accomplishments this session.
Ed Mayberry
U.S. Senator John Cornyn addressed the Greater Houston Partnership to talk about bipartisan accomplishments this session.

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Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) criticized Trump in a tweet Saturday morning, lamenting the state of the presidential race. He says he stands by that tweet. “I do. I’m disappointed at the race to the bottom that this presidential campaign has become. There’s so many important issues that we should be talking about related to the future of the country.”

Houston Public Media's Coverage of Election 2016

Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016

So, does Cornyn stand behind Trump’s candidacy?

“Well, you know the problem in presidential elections is you have two choices. The primary process has worked its way forward — I’ll support Mr. Trump and his race to the presidency because I care about the Supreme Court. And I know that Mrs. Clinton is going to be a third Obama term and continue the same policies, more or less, that President Obama has. So I’ll support the nominee of my party”, he says.

Senator Cornyn spoke at the Greater Houston Partnership’s annual State of the Senate to talk about the Senate’s accomplishments. “Well, I know if you listen to talk radio and watch cable news, you probably think that Congress hasn’t done anything”, Cornyn said.

But the senator says there have been some bipartisan accomplishments, like a multi-year highway bill, although funding it is still an issue. He says a bill was passed to replace No Child Left Behind, giving some authority back to states. And he’s proud of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, which was signed into law.

Finally, Senator Cornyn told reporters that he hopes this campaign season hasn’t been so toxic that voters fail to get to the polls.

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