GOP Senator Denies Saying That He’d Vote For Sanders Over Cruz

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Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) vehemently denied Thursday saying he would vote for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) over Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, reported The Charlotte Observer.

The Associated Press, quoting an anonymous person, reported earlier in the day that Burr had said at a private campaign fundraiser that he would opt to vote for Sanders if Cruz were the GOP nominee.

But Burr denied to the AP that he had said that and had his aides ask for a retraction. The AP told the Observer that it was sticking to its story.

“I will support whoever the GOP nominee is,” Burr said in a tweet, which seems to be deleted. “@AP is trying to create discord where there isn’t discord by telling lies.”

Alex Johnson, Burr’s director of strategic operations, told the newspaper that the AP’s report was “completely inaccurate.”

“As we have told Sen. Burr’s campaign, we stand by our story,” Paul Colford, AP’s vice president and director of media relations was quoted as saying.

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