May 18th, 2010
10:18 PM ET
4 years ago

Cornyn: Contrast in Kentucky Senate race couldn't be more clear

Sen. John Cornyn, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, issued the following statement about the Kentucky Senate race.

(read the full statement after the jump)

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Filed under: 2010 • Jack Conway • John Cornyn • Kentucky • Rand Paul
May 17th, 2010
07:28 PM ET
4 years ago

Cornyn weighs in on key Senate races, explains bailout vote

The man responsible for getting Republicans elected to the Senate said Monday that he was confident his party would pick up seats in November in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Florida.
The man responsible for getting Republicans elected to the Senate said Monday that he was confident his party would pick up seats in November in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

Washington (CNN) – The man responsible for getting Republicans elected to the Senate said Monday that he was confident his party would pick up seats in November in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

And Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, also weighed in on a potential liability for Republican incumbents – the passage of the Wall Street bailout package in late 2008 when the economy was teetering on the brink of collapse.

Appearing on CNN's John King, USA, Cornyn, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, discussed a number of races including the GOP Senate primary in Kentucky. Ahead of Tuesday's voting, Rand Paul, a Tea Party-backed candidate, is leading Trey Grayson, the candidate backed by the Senate's leading Republican.

Cornyn told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King that the Kentucky race is indicative of the national mood.

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Filed under: 2010 • GOP • JKUSA • John Cornyn • John King USA • Popular Posts
May 5th, 2010
05:23 PM ET
4 years ago

Cornyn: 'Thank goodness I'm not running this time'

Sen. John Cornyn told CNN on Wednesday he is glad he isn't on the ballot this year.
Sen. John Cornyn told CNN on Wednesday he is glad he isn't on the ballot this year.

Washington (CNN) - Just how bad is the political environment for incumbents?

Even the GOP Senator in charge of electing Republicans to the U.S. Senate admitted to CNN he's glad he's not on the ballot.

"Thank goodness I'm not running this time," said Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas, Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Cornyn was responding to a question about dim prospects for his colleague from Utah, Sen. Robert Bennett, a third-term incumbent who could lose his place on Utah's ballot as GOP candidate for re-election.

Utah Republicans will vote at their convention this weekend, and many conservatives are angry about some of Bennett's positions and votes in Washington, such as his support for the bank bailout in 2008.

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Filed under: 2010 • GOP • Jim DeMint • John Cornyn • NRSC
April 29th, 2010
11:05 AM ET
4 years ago

NRSC to ask for Crist donation back

Sen. John Cornyn said Thursday that the NRSC would ask for the money it gave to Charlie Crist’s campaign back if the Florida governor abandoned the Republican Party and ran for Senate as an independent.
Sen. John Cornyn said Thursday that the NRSC would ask for the money it gave to Charlie Crist’s campaign back if the Florida governor abandoned the Republican Party and ran for Senate as an independent.

Washington (CNN) - Nearly one year after Sen. John Cornyn called Florida Gov. Charlie Crist "the best candidate" in that state's Senate race, the Texas Republican and head of the party's campaign committee said Thursday the organization wants its money back should Crist announce he is running as a third-party candidate.

Cornyn, the head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, told reporters Thursday he will ask for the $10,000 back the committee gave Crist if, as expected, the Florida governor announces Thursday he is abandoning his GOP Senate bid in favor of an independent run. Brian Walsh, the NRSC's communications director, confirmed Cornyn's statement to CNN.

Listen: CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser and CNN's Dick Uliano take a look at the intra-party conflict among Republicans in races taking place in Florida, Texas and other places.

Cornyn also said that Crist's "future electoral prospects are irreparably damaged by his deciding now to run as an independent," according to the Washington Post.

Crist, who at one point held a wide lead over his Republican competitor, Marco Rubio, now trails the former Florida House Speaker by 23 points, according to a recent statewide poll.


Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Crist • Florida • John Cornyn • NRSC
April 19th, 2010
08:27 AM ET
5 years ago

McConnell explains Wall Street meeting with Cornyn


Washington (CNN) – A day after President Obama sought to use a closed-door meeting between Wall Street leaders and two top Senate Republicans as political ammunition in the battle over financial regulatory reform, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell tried to explain the meeting.

In a rare move, Obama used his weekly internet and radio address to single out McConnell and Sen. John Cornyn, who leads the GOP's effort to elect Republicans to the Senate in November.

Related: Obama touts financial reform

The changes sought by Democrats "have not exactly been welcomed by the people who profit from the status quo – as well their allies in Washington," Obama said in his address. "This is probably why the special interests have spent a lot of time and money lobbying to kill or weaken the bill. Just the other day, in fact, the leader of the Senate Republicans and the chair of the Republican Senate campaign committee met with two dozen top Wall Street executives to talk about how to block progress on this issue.

"Lo and behold, when he returned to Washington, the Senate Republican Leader came out against the common-sense reforms we've proposed."

Asked about the meeting on CNN's State of the Union Sunday , McConnell rejected any suggestion that the meeting was used to craft ways to block financial regularly reform. Ultimately, McConnell said Cornyn was there because he will be voting on the reform legislation.

"Did the meeting take place?," CNN Chief Political Correspondent and State of the Union anchor Candy Crowley asked McConnell. "What was the conversation?"
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Filed under: John Cornyn • Mitch McConnell • Wall Street
April 18th, 2010
05:29 PM ET
5 years ago

McConnell explains Wall Street meeting with Cornyn


Washington (CNN) – A day after President Obama sought to use a closed-door meeting between Wall Street leaders and two top Senate Republicans as political ammunition in the battle over financial regulatory reform, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell tried to explain the meeting.

In a rare move, Obama used his weekly internet and radio address to single out McConnell and Sen. John Cornyn, who leads the GOP's effort to elect Republicans to the Senate in November.

Related: Obama touts financial reform

The changes sought by Democrats "have not exactly been welcomed by the people who profit from the status quo – as well their allies in Washington," Obama said in his address. "This is probably why the special interests have spent a lot of time and money lobbying to kill or weaken the bill. Just the other day, in fact, the leader of the Senate Republicans and the chair of the Republican Senate campaign committee met with two dozen top Wall Street executives to talk about how to block progress on this issue.

"Lo and behold, when he returned to Washington, the Senate Republican Leader came out against the common-sense reforms we've proposed."

Asked about the meeting on CNN's State of the Union Sunday , McConnell rejected any suggestion that the meeting was used to craft ways to block financial regularly reform. Ultimately, McConnell said Cornyn was there because he will be voting on the reform legislation.

"Did the meeting take place?," CNN Chief Political Correspondent and State of the Union anchor Candy Crowley asked McConnell. "What was the conversation?"
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Filed under: Extra • John Cornyn • Mitch McConnell • Popular Posts • Wall Street
April 9th, 2010
12:01 PM ET
5 years ago

Stevens reaction: 'I wish him well in his retirement' -Cornyn

(CNN) – Sen. John Cornyn, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, issued the following statement Friday.

Read the statement after the jump:
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Filed under: John Cornyn • John Paul Stevens • Supreme Court
March 8th, 2010
03:32 PM ET
5 years ago

Cornyn says health care to boost GOP at polls

John Cornyn said Monday that health care will be the ‘number one issue that the election is won or lost on in November.’
John Cornyn said Monday that health care will be the ‘number one issue that the election is won or lost on in November.’

Washington (CNN) - The Democratic push for health care reform this year will translate into significant GOP gains at the ballot box regardless of whether or not a bill actually passes, according to the Republican senator overseeing his party's efforts to retake the chamber in November.

"Democrats think by passing the bill they'll be able to get it behind them and change the subject to something else like jobs," said Texas Sen. John Cornyn at a news briefing Monday. "But this will do the opposite. This will make sure that health care is the number one issue that the election is won or lost on in November."

Cornyn is the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the Senate GOP's campaign arm.

"There's two reasons why the voters don't like the bill," he said. "One is that they're not convinced that it will do as the president said, bring down the costs. Number two, the way the Senate bill was constructed, behind close doors with no transparency and with all of these sweetheart deals, has rendered it fairly toxic."

Cornyn cited the Democratic handling of the health care issue as a top reason why Republicans are running strong races for eight seats currently held by Democrats in Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania.

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Filed under: 2010 • Florida • John Cornyn • NRSC
January 10th, 2010
02:16 PM ET
5 years ago

GOP senator demands Reid relinquish leadership post

Washington (CNN) –A senior Republican senator called on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to step down as majority leader, following the revelation that the Nevada Democrat made racially insensitive remarks about Barack Obama during the presidential campaign.

Texas Sen. John Cornyn, chairman of the GOP's Senate campaign arm, called on Reid to vacate his position in a statement released Sunday.

"It's difficult to see this situation as anything other than a clear double standard on the part of Senate Democrats and others," Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said in a statement sent to CNN. "In 2002, Democrats expressed outrage at Senator Lott and called on him to step down as Leader. That same standard should be applied to Senator Reid and his embarrassing and racially insensitive statements; statements, I would add, that Senator Reid still has yet to clarify. As we await his explanation, Senator Reid should do the right thing, follow the example that he himself set in 2002, and step down as Majority Leader."

Reid has personally apologized to Obama and prominent African-American leaders for his remarks. The president released a statement Saturday, saying he accepted Reid's apology.

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Filed under: Harry Reid • John Cornyn • President Obama • Senate
January 8th, 2010
10:19 AM ET
5 years ago

Hutchison not being pressured to drop gubernatorial bid, says GOP official

A GOP official denies that Hutchison is being pressured to stay in the Senate.
A GOP official denies that Hutchison is being pressured to stay in the Senate.

Washington (CNN) – A GOP official is dismissing a report that John Cornyn, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, is pressuring his fellow Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison to drop her gubernatorial primary challenge to Gov. Rick Perry.

A Wall Street Journal column reported Thursday that Cornyn is "trying to persuade Ms. Hutchison to drop out of the governor's race [to] run for re-election to the senate" - a move that would put an end to the hard-hitting GOP primary battle in Texas and keep Hutchison's seat in Republican hands.

Brian Walsh, a spokesman for the NRSC, called the report "absolutely false."

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Filed under: John Cornyn • Kay Bailey Hutchison • NRSC • Rick Perry • Texas
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