Cornyn announces re-election bid
November 15th, 2013
02:01 PM ET
8 months ago

Cornyn announces re-election bid

(CNN) – Sen. John Cornyn, the Senate's second-ranking Republican, kicked off his re-election campaign on Friday at an event in Austin where he was joined by Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

"Texas is the model for the rest of the country, and we need to make the rest of the country more like Texas–not the other way around," Cornyn said.

The Senator's campaign launch comes amid uncertainty over whether he will face a primary challenger. But with a December 9 filing deadline looming, no major opposition has stepped up so far.

Cornyn was elected to his second term in 2008, taking 55% of the vote against Democrat Rick Noriega. In the 2014 bid, he faces no well-known Democrats so far.

The Senator starts his 2014 campaign with a hefty war chest of about $7 million, according to Federal Election Commission records.


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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    "Texas is the model for the rest of the country, and we need to make the rest of the country more like Texas–not the other way around," he said.
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    You can keep Texas. It's too dangerous to live there. I guess someone hasn't heard about the latest town in Texas to blow up in an industrial accident. It's not clear from the article who is responsible for the above quote. But, it sounds like a Perry classic.

    November 15, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. Warren

    Texas is the model for the rest of the country, and we need to make the rest of the country more like Texas–not the other way around," Cornyn said.

    He can't be serious.........LMAO

    November 15, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    "Texas is the model for the rest of the country, and we need to make the rest of the country more like Texas–not the other way around," Cornyn said.

    Sorry John, Texas is a joke. It takes more than it gives and is full of ignorant rednecks like you.

    November 15, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. sonny chapman

    TX is not like every State in the Country. Massachusetts is not like every State. Oregon is different too. Different people, history, climate, economy. He sounds like the Damned Fed. Guvment of the 1960s.

    November 15, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. Randy, San Francisco

    Surely Sen Cornyn jests. The Texas model, result of gerrymandering, isn't a shining example of democracy.

    November 15, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. Lisa P.

    "Texas is the model for the rest of the country, and we need to make the rest of the country more like Texas–not the other way around," Cornyn said.
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    No! Please, no - Wisconsin is already being ruined by Texas-style stupid. The very last thing we need is more of it.

    November 15, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. CB FL

    Where else can you make $170,000 a year and just say no.

    November 15, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. Thomas

    Bush , Cornyn , Perry

    Enron , it made us stronger !

    November 15, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. tom l

    @Republicans have no solutions:

    Perhaps this will enlighten you a bit. They have some ideas but they were just pushed to the side by democrats:

    Brings greater fairness to the tax code by extending tax savings to those who
    currently do not have employer-provided insurance but purchase health insurance on
    their own. This provision would provide an “above the line” deduction that is equal
    to the cost of an individual’s or family’s insurance premiums.
    • Provides immediate substantial financial assistance, through new refundable and
    advanceable tax credits, to low- and modest-income Americans.
    • Recognizes that many Americans who have not yet hit retirement age but may be
    changing jobs or have lost a job often face higher health care costs. To help those
    aged 55 to 64, the plan increases support for pre- and early-retirees with low- and
    modest-incomes.
    • Recognizes that one of the largest obstacles for many small businesses when it comes to
    retaining current employees or creating new jobs is the cost of health insurance. The
    plan allows states, small businesses, associations, and other organizations to band
    together and offer health insurance at lower costs.
    • Implements comprehensive medical liability reform that will reduce costly,
    unnecessary defensive medicine practiced by doctors trying to protect themselves
    from overzealous trial lawyers.
    • Provides Medicare and Medicaid with additional authority and resources to stop
    waste, fraud, and abuse that costs taxpayers billions of dollars every year.
    • Creates incentives to save now for future and long-term health care needs by
    improving health savings accounts and flexible spending arrangements as well as
    creating new tax benefits to offset the cost of long-term care premiums.
    • Gives financial help to caregivers who provide in-home care for a loved one.

    November 15, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. Gurgyl

    Texas is turning Democratic state.

    November 15, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  11. Stating the Obvious

    Another locked down Republican Senate seat.... good news. And all of those red state Democrat Senators, nine of them, that voted for and still support Obama and Obamacre? Well the Demorcats can kiss those good bye. Thanks President Obama! You and your Obamacare are gifts from God to the Republican Party! We are SO glad to continue to stand firm behind Obamacare and flip the American people the middle finger. Keep up the good work.

    November 15, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  12. rs

    "Texas is the model for the rest of the country, and we need to make the rest of the country more like Texas–not the other way around," Cornyn said.
    __________________________
    Texas rankings:
    Texas ranks the lowest in the nation for women with health insurance
    second lowest in the nation for percent of pregnant women receiving prenatal care in the first trimester
    Texas ranks the fourth highest in the nation for percentage of women living in poverty
    Texas’ investment per student is 27 percent less than the national averageexas ranks 44th in graduation rates
    The state of Texas gets an ‘F’ on the environmental comprehensive issues
    (from the Texasbserver)

    Republicans are crazy!

    November 15, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Another Guns Over People tea potty wingnut. 2014 comes quickly for them all.

    November 15, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. rs

    Sorry: from Texas Observer "Texas on the Brink: Too Few Graduates, Too Many Uninsured"

    November 15, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. Thomas

    @Stating the Obvious

    Would you compare the VA to socialism ?

    Just asking

    November 15, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  16. Data Driven

    @Lisa P., ("Adventureland" reference, by any chance?)

    "No! Please, no – Wisconsin is already being ruined by Texas-style stupid. The very last thing we need is more of it."

    Yeah, what's going on up there, anyway? Am I totally mistaken, or is Wisconsin turning more and more Red?

    November 15, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. just asking

    I ALREADY Pay For Your Insurance
    -–

    well you used to be able to just pay cash for your health care. if you hate insurance companies so much, why not just self insure? until obamacare came along, nobody was forcing you to buy insurance. if you felt you were bing screwed you can always just pay your own way.

    November 15, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    I'll give credit where credit is due: CNN certainly brings out alternate reality talking points.

    November 15, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  19. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Texas and the Republican Party are the epic failure, ask ROMNEY!!!!!

    November 15, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  20. Gurgyl

    Senate, just Reject the Bill GOP passed today–it is junk.

    November 15, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    tom l

    @Republicans have no solutions:

    Perhaps this will enlighten you a bit. They have some ideas but they were just pushed to the side by democrats:
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    Texas is one of the nation's most expensive states to live in when it comes to property taxes and other fees that the state charges homeowners, but not businesses.

    November 15, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. JJ in Texas

    John Cornyn is just another talking head with a cowboy hat that just takes in oxygen and millions of dollars in kickbacks, but only produces more greenhouse gases when he exhales. He's done nothing good for anyone but his billionaire cronies.

    November 15, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Texas, the worst heal care in the country and you can add worst education to that.

    November 15, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |