Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) told Texas Monthly that members of the Tea Party set an "impossible standard" for the GOP a couple of weeks before Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), a Tea Party firebrand, decided to run against Cornyn in the 2014 Senate primary.
The comments were made in a November interview with Texas Monthly that was published on Tuesday.
"I don't know how we got off on this track, where some people are welcome in our party and some people are not," Cornyn said when asked if his November comments about the "big tent" GOP were directed at the Tea Party. "Hence my reference to Ronald Reagan's line, 'What do you call someone who agrees with you eight times out of ten? An ally, not a twenty-percent traitor.' Well, we're at a point where you can agree with someone 98 percent of the time, but they think of you as a 2 percent traitor, which is just an impossible standard."
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