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Cornyn backs McConnell, says he’ll run for whip

Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Tuesday that if Republicans capture the Senate he will run for majority whip and back Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for majority leader.

“Well I will, and I look forward to working with the new majority leader, Mitch McConnell,” Cornyn said in an interview Tuesday with CNN.

{mosads}Cornyn also offered an endorsement of McConnell when he was asked about Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) reluctance to pledge support for the GOP leader.

“Mitch McConnell has got the most experience. He’s one of the sharpest minds,” McConnell said in response to a question about Cruz’s comments to The Washington Post.

“Our party is big enough for the whole spectrum of approaches we have, from the right to the left,” he added.

Cornyn, the second-ranking Republican member of the Senate, scoffed at Vice President Biden’s prediction earlier in the day that Democrats would keep the Senate with 52 seats.

“I think we win Alaska, which you know the pundits are saying we lose. I think we win North Carolina, which is a tough race. I think we win New Hampshire, in fact I’m pretty, pretty confident we win New Hampshire,” Biden said in the interview on WPLR radio.

“If we pick up two or three of those seats then I think it’s going to be a big wave and a big night,” Cornyn responded.

Republicans need to net six seats to win the Senate.

Tags 2022 midterm elections John Cornyn Mitch McConnell Race for the Senate
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