Republicans will have a better year in 2010 than they did in 2008, National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Chairman John CornynJohn CornynAfter Texas shooting, lawmakers question whether military has systemic reporting problem Overnight Defense: Lawmakers question military's lapse after Texas shooting | Trump asks North Korea to 'make a deal' | Senate panel approves Army pick Overnight Regulation: House passes bill to overturn joint-employer rule | Trump officials to allow work requirements for Medicaid | Lawmakers 'alarmed' by EPA's science board changes MORE (R-Texas) predicted Tuesday.

"I think it's going to be a better year," Cornyn said on "Morning Joe," touting opportunities in Connecticut and Illinois, among other states. "Already we can see we're going to have opportunities in blue states and purple states."

Cornyn praised his Democratic counterpart in 2008, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), as "masterful" in recruiting the right candidates, claiming it as a good model. "Getting the right candidate that fit the state is really important," he said.

Cornyn also spoke briefly about the high-profile 2010 Pennsylvania Republican primary matchup between Sen. Arlen Specter and Club for Growth Chairman Pat Toomey.

"Sen. Specter is still popular, but that's in the general election," Cornyn said, without tipping his hand toward a prefernce for either candidate. "Obviously the primary is going to be a challenge, and I hope they don't cut each other up too badly."