Cornyn: Trump Could Be ‘Albatross’ That Dooms GOPers Up For Re-Election

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March 1, 2016 8:39 a.m.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, on Monday suggested that he was worried that if Donald Trump becomes the Republican presidential nominee, he could negatively effect some Republicans up for re-election in 2016.

“We can’t have a nominee be an albatross around the down-ballot races,” Cornyn told CNN when asked if he was worried about Trump becoming the nominee. “That’s a concern of mine.”

CNN asked Cornyn if Trump could negatively impact Republicans’ re-election chances.

“I think he certainly is a controversial figure. I think we need someone who can unify the party, as opposed to divide the party,” the senator responded, according to CNN.

The Texas senator told CNN that lawmakers up for re-election should focus on issues important to their constituents.

“It’s always important for candidates, in my experience, to be in tune with your state and not necessarily what’s happening in Washington,” Cornyn said.

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