September 15th, 2010
11:51 AM ET
4 years ago

Cornyn issues upbeat tone on O'Donnell

Sen. John Cornyn says his party is firmly behind O'Donnell.
Sen. John Cornyn says his party is firmly behind O'Donnell.

(CNN) - What a difference 14 hours makes.

Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman John Cornyn is making clear his party is strongly standing behind Delaware Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell – a statement that is in stark contrast to the lukewarm response the party issued after her win Tuesday night.

"Let there be no mistake: The National Republican Senatorial Committee – and I personally as the committee's chairman – strongly stand by all of our Republican nominees, including Christine O'Donnell in Delaware," Cornyn said in a statement Wednesday. "I reached out to Christine this morning, and as I have conveyed to all of our nominees, I offered her my personal congratulations and let her know that she has our support."

Cornyn also pledged to inject $42,000 into the race on her behalf – a move that conflicted with reports Tuesday night that the party would not offer the political newcomer any financial support.

The check is the maximum amount the NRSC can give, but it is still a relatively meager one by political campaign standards.  Ultimately, it  remains to be seen how much the committee's Independent Expenditure is willing to spend on the race before November – the entity that has the discretion to dole out considerably more cash on behalf of GOP candidates.

"In the weeks ahead, we will decide where to best allocate additional financial resources among the large number of competitive races at stake this November," Cornyn also said. "While it's not in Republicans' interest to advertise our spending strategy to our opponents, it's worth noting that just yesterday, the NRSC's first independent expenditure ad aired in support of Dr. Rand Paul's campaign in Kentucky, where we firmly believe that he will win in November."

Still, the NRSC's now-upbeat town on O'Donnell is a marked contrast to its response last night, when the committee's executive director, Rob Jesmer, issued a terse congratulatory statement, but nothing more.

And behind the scenes, Republican officials were downright downtrodden about their newest nominee, making clear to CNN O'Donnell would not receive the party's support.

"Until she demonstrates some viability in the polls we are not going to have any money for her," a top Republican official told CNN's Mark Preston. "It is now incumbent on Sarah Palin, Jim DeMint and the Tea Party Express to help support her. They got her here. Now make it happen."

– CNN's Dana Bash contributed to this report


Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • John Cornyn
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. 30-YR ARMY VETERAN FOR THE TRUTH!

    IIt's too late for your party to be firm. There is a movement going on if you don't realize it. If your an incumberent your on your way out whether you're Democrat or Republican. Palin and her bunch will overcome and there will be real change in America.

    September 15, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. GL

    He really don't have any other choice but to back these nuts. The Republicans can thank John McCain for his party moving far to the right. I will be the first to thank John McCain.

    September 15, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. Four and The Door

    Excellent! This is what will give the GOP both The House and The Senate and in 2 years The Administration. Very smart and very good for America. I'm getting optimistic again. We can pull this country out of the Obama/ Pelosi/ Reid rut.

    September 15, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    There you go Cornyn sticking your foot in your mouth. O'donnell's ex campaign manager says she's a fraud and you stand behind her? She used campaign donations to pay her rent! She's unethical and hasn't even been elected yet.

    September 15, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    Reading the previous article above Rove's statements which seem to ring true and that O'Donnell understand. She kept talking about the fact that she won and that Rove would have to eat his words because she won. Rove never denied that she won, he said her win hurt the GOP, which is obviously true, another far right nut case who will not win in the general election, way too extreme for mainstream America. Then there's Cornyn who just days ago said they would not support O'Donnell if she won. Cornyn, can you hypocrite, or is it liar?

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    September 15, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. Florida Joe

    Typical....Doesn't matter if they are a NUTCASE the Repubs support their own even if the KNOW she is not qualified they'll stand behind her................

    September 15, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. Tulsa

    Sheesh, make up your mind already!
    What a bunch of, well, "FLIP-FLOPPERS" those Republicans are!

    September 15, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. T'SAH from Virginia

    You are wasting your time because

    DEMOCRAT politician need to STATE the CASE – we need to UNITE our BASE and we will WIN this RACE in November, 2010!!

    Yes we can and T'SAH from Virginia approves this message!!!

    September 15, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. Bob in PA

    I think the establishment is starting to get the idea. Reform your ways or get out of the way. America wants real change in Washington. We want individual representatives not idealist party rule.

    September 15, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. Dave

    Say all you want, Cornyn. O'Dumbell is going to get her arse handed to her.

    September 15, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  11. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Way to go John, jumping on the wagon after the fact. You're the kind of person that wants to bet on a race after they cross the finish line.

    The Master at ATF (after the fact)!

    Never met a bill that he voted for and then later takes the credit for it.

    September 15, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  12. CNN=corporate-line, not news

    Its up to Palin and DeMint, etc. to get her there? She's on her own? These creeps know dam well that she is not "on her own". The Koch Brothers will be there ready to write the check.

    September 15, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  13. anagram_kid

    Because it is all about winning, not what is best for our country.

    September 15, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. nell

    Of course, Cornyn and the Republicans are going to wrap their arms around O'Donnell, what choice do they have? Make no mistake about it, these new tea party "government workers" are not going to have any clout in Washington. What amazes me is, why on earth does the American people continue to speak out on education, when you elect people who can not muster enough common sense to form a sentence, such as the Gov. of Arizonia, Sarah Palin? I would like for a reporter, of any news source to ask just one of the tea party people, what do they mean when they state, "take our country back". Do people realize their social security and medicaid may be cut by these tea party people?

    September 15, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. anagram_kid

    I have no doubt she will snap that money up after she clearly stated she would “win without them”. Another right wing hypocrite.

    September 15, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. get real

    Great. If these loons get into office we will be forced to listen to speeches that contain non-English words like refudiate and unfactual. Thanks McCain for starting this crazy mess.

    September 15, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  17. vic, Nashville TN

    Palin is building her empire in GOP in the name of tea party
    1) inexperience candidates
    2) Low IQ
    3) Candidates behind of money
    4) Away form mainstream media (blaming media )

    September 15, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  18. Jess C

    Yep, I'm very optimistic too. The GOP is imploding and it's downright enjoyable to watch. Now the true hyprocrisy is bleeding through. Cronyn who said before the primaries that he would no way support this wingnut is now changing his tune. All with one purpose in mind; winning those seats and proving once again that the GOP is not about helping American's, especially us middle class. It's all about regaining the power that they abused so recently that I'm appalled that voters have such short term memories (put the drunks back in the driver's seat?). Anyway, this is joyous for Dems.

    September 15, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. johnRJ08

    Cornyn is a classic corrupt partisan politician. As the lead fund-raiser for the GOP he has his hands in the pockets of every major corporation and right-wing interest group in the country. He is particularly fond of hedge fund managers on Wall Street. He is commenting here on a blithering idiot, trying to put a positive spin on O'Donnell's win, which is an embarrassment to the people of Delaware.

    September 15, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. Snow

    The people will be watching to see that Christine O'Donnell gets alot more than 42,000 dollars. If not then when does Senator Cornyn run for re-election because he can be targeted like the RINO's.

    September 15, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. Bernie

    Leave it to the Army Vets to tell the truth

    September 15, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  22. President Obozo: On vacation and OUT TO LUNCH

    I don't know what fool said they wouldn't support or fund O'Donnell but they should be fired. Actually it was probably some DemocRAT troll that started to false rumor. DemocRATS and dirty tricks... what else is new?!

    September 15, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  23. Big Al

    Only Sara Palin can save America. I would love to see a Palin-Huckabee ticket. It's time we take back America from the moderates and liberals who are destroying this great country.

    Onward Christian soldiers marching on to take back the world.

    September 15, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. Hammerer

    Cornyn can talk all he wants, but he is not safe either.
    Listen to the AMERICAN people's voice or you will be next.

    September 15, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  25. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Thank you to all the stupid people who voted for tea party nuts! This November will be great for the Democrats!

    September 15, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
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