Trump makes late push for two Texas Republicans

Trump makes late push for two Texas Republicans
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary MORE joined virtual town halls for two Republican Texas House candidates Monday night whom he has backed in GOP primaries in the state.

Trump joined town halls for Tony Gonzales and Ronny Jackson, who are running to replace retiring Republican Texas Reps. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdHillicon Valley: 'Fortnite' owner sues Apple after game is removed from App Store | Federal agencies seize, dismantle cryptocurrency campaigns of major terrorist organizations Lawmakers introduce bill designating billion to secure state and local IT systems Democrats go big on diversity with new House recruits MORE and Mac ThornberryWilliam (Mac) McClellan ThornberryBottom line Overnight Defense: US to pull 11,900 troops from Germany | Troop shuffle to cost 'several billion' dollars | Lawmakers pan drawdown plan | Trump says he hasn't discussed alleged bounties with Putin Lawmakers torch Trump plan to pull 11,900 troops from Germany MORE, respectively.

Trump told supporters during a virtual event that Jackson, a former White House physician and retired Navy rear admiral, has “been with us from the beginning.”

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"This is the kind of people we need coming to Washington help us. He's loyal, he's brave, he's a leader, and he'll never let the people of Texas down,” Trump said.

Trump endorsed Jackson in February, saying that he is “strong on Crime and Borders, GREAT for our Military and Vets, and will protect your [Second Amendment].” The president nominated Jackson to be the head of Veterans Affairs in 2018, but he withdrew the nomination after allegations of misconduct by Jackson were raised. 

Later Monday, Trump also lauded Gonzales at a tele-town hall. Trump has recorded robocalls for each of the candidates that went out to voters in the Lone Star State on Monday.

"He's a conservative guy," Trump said on Monday of Gonzales, The Texas Tribune reported, "but he's a conservative guy that's gonna win — because we have to win, and you know, that's a very important element of it. That's one of the reasons I'm doing this. I studied it very closely. We need somebody that's gonna beat their candidate, and that candidate can absolutely be beaten."

Trump also lashed out at Gina Ortiz Jones, a Democrat running for Hurd's seat, linking her to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSusan Collins asks postmaster general to address delays of 'critically needed mail' Trump says he'd sign bill funding USPS but won't seek changes to help mail voting On The Money: Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief agreement | Weekly jobless claims fall below 1 million for first time since March | Trump says no Post Office funding means Democrats 'can't have universal mail-in voting' MORE (D-Calif.) and calling her “a Pelosi candidate, a Pelosi special, as liberal as can be," according to the Tribune. 

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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFiorina: Biden picking Harris for VP 'a smart choice' Russian news agency pushed video of Portland protestors burning a Bible: report After trillions in tax cuts for the rich, Republicans refuse to help struggling Americans MORE (R-Texas) has previously endorsed Gonzales’s rival, Raul Reyes. Cruz also appeared in a tele-town hall with Reyes on Monday, during which he confirmed that he urged the president not to back Gonzales.

"I did talk to the president," Cruz said. "Actually he called me on a different matter and I told him that he should not get involved in this race, not endorse the way he's endorsed."

"At the end of the day, the president followed different advice, but it was not advice that was looking for who the strong conservative was in the race and I think that was unfortunate," Cruz said, according to The Texas Tribune. 

Jackson and Gonzales will be on the ballot Tuesday in runoff elections in the state.