Texas Senator John Cornyn, considered the most prominent contender to succeed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, joined more than half of the Republicans in the Senate in endorsing Trump after the former president’s victory over Nikki Haley in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday.
In reflection, Cornyn in A Statement on X He called on his party to unify support around one candidate, Trump, after he won by a large margin.
“I’ve seen enough,” Cornyn said. “To beat Biden, Republicans need to unite around one candidate, and President Trump is clearly the choice of Republican voters.”
X’s statement comes eight months after Cornyn expressed doubts that Trump could be an effective candidate in a call with Texas reporters.
“I think President Trump’s time has passed, and what’s most important to me is that we have a candidate who can actually win,” Cornyn said in a May phone call.
Cornyn changed his tune on Wednesday, telling reporters that he now liked Trump’s chances compared to President Joe Biden’s polls.
“I think it’s important to unite behind the nominee, and I respect the voter’s choice in Iowa and New Hampshire,” Cornyn said. “I think you’ll see that repeated in South Carolina as well.”
Nebraska Sen. Deb Fischer also joined the ranks of lawmakers supporting Trump.
“It is time for Republicans to unite around President Donald Trump and make Joe Biden a one-term president,” Fischer said. He said on X.
More than 100 Republicans in the House of Representatives support Trump. This includes all members of the Republican Party leadership.
House Speaker Mike Johnson on Tuesday night called out members of his party who have not yet backed the former president.
He added: “Now is the time for the Republican Party to unite around President Trump so we can focus on ending Biden’s disastrous presidency and increasing our majority in Congress.” He said on X.
At least two major players in the Senate continue to stick with Trump: House Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, and House Minority Leader John Thune of South Dakota.
McConnell dodged questions about his decision to withhold the endorsement at the GOP’s weekly news conference on Tuesday.
“I have no announcement to make about the presidential election… and in fact, as you will recall, I have remained centrally out of it,” McConnell said. “And I haven’t changed my mind about that. I’ll tell you that.”
Trump previously called for a primary challenger to shut down Thune, a McConnell ally, who won reelection anyway in 2022. Like Cornyn, Thune and Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, who endorsed Trump in early January, are seen as potential options for McConnell’s successors.
Thune endorsed South Carolina Senator Tim Scott before Scott dropped out of the race.
But Scott threw his support behind Trump shortly before New Hampshire.
Speaking on Trump’s behalf at the former president’s victory rally after New Hampshire, Scott made remarks reminiscent of Cornyn’s, calling for his party to come together.
“It is time for the Republican Party to rally around our nominee and the next president of the United States, Donald Trump,” he said.
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