Cornyn Punts On Chance To Defend O’Donnell

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National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Sen. John Cornyn told reporters that Delaware’s Senate race still does not appear to be competitive for the GOP thanks to Christine O’Donnell.

TPM spoke briefly with Cornyn following an event at the National Press Club Thursday, and asked about O’Donnell’s recent snafu with her education history and how serious of a problem he deems that to be. Rather than defend her, Cornyn spoke generally.“All of those issues are litigated in every single campaign, obviously being candid and truthful is important, but I don’t know enough about the details,” Cornyn told TPM. “I’m not stating an opinion on that particular report, I’m just talking generally.”

Cornyn (R-TX) repeated his line from primary night when O’Donnell defeated Rep. Mike Castle that the NRSC must make “hard decisions about how to allocate resources.”

“It’s no secret that I believed Mike Castle would have won that race handily,” Cornyn said. “We will be supporting Christine O’Donnell as appropriate if that race is competitive. Right now it looks like it is not as competitive as other places around the country.”

(Coverage of the Press Club event is here, here and here.)

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