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Cornyn: United Republican Party Ready to Run
Updated: Friday, November 15 2013, 01:36 PM CST
In front of a crowd of supporters Friday, Sen. John Cornyn announced he’s running for a third term in the United States Senate.
The Senator took the opportunity -- just one day after President Obama urged insurance companies to extend coverage for people that could lose it under ACA — to weigh in on what he calls an epic failure. Cornyn vowed to scrap Obamacare and replace it with something that’s affordable and makes sense.
"The people that we've entrusted from the President of the United States to the Secretary of Health and Human Services to tell us the truth and to lead us have led us down a boxed canyon from which there is no escape," he told the crowd.
With Texas Gov. Rick Perry by his side, Cornyn promised to keep Texas a red state and bring more Republicans to Washington, D.C.
"People are going to be looking at Republicans leading up to 2014 and say do we have confidence in Republicans to be able to take a majority of the United States Senate, to retain the majority in the House, and then to use that as leverage with the President in his final two years to start to turn the country around," he said.
While the senator admits there have been conflicts between him and Fellow Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a member of the Tea Party, he promised those conflicts are in the past.
"We had a minor disagreement in the family over tactics and the tactic led to a government shutdown. I happen to believe that's a bad thing because we have to demonstrate our ability to govern and try to offer solutions, but as I said earlier I hope we've learned from that and it won’t be repeated," Cornyn told the media following his kickoff rally.
Democrats say Cornyn is running on "Cruz Control", bowing to the junior Senator because of his popularity with Texas voters on issues like immigration, the budget, and debt ceiling. The Democratic Party says Cornyn should be worried about voters in the primary, calling his reelection "vulnerable." As for claims he’s not conservative enough.
"On one hand I'm not enough in one direction, and then I'm too much in another direction. I don't pay much attention to it, I just try to do what I can and I think I'm a pretty good fit for Texas," he said.