AUSTIN (November 15, 2013) U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, called for big-tent inclusiveness among Republicans Friday and suggested Republicans need to be the "responsible adults in the room and actually govern."
The Senate's No. 2 Republican kicked off his campaign for a third term Friday in Austin.
His sentiments contrasted sharply his junior colleague and fellow Texan, Ted Cruz, who has promised never to stop fighting for conservative principles, no matter the cost.
Cornyn said he agrees with that and isn't distancing himself from Cruz, but he also said the GOP should get back to the notion that agreeing with someone 80 percent of the time makes them a friend "not a 20 percent traitor."
Gov. Rick Perry endorsed Cornyn at the event. Cruz was invited, but didn't attend.
Perry issued a statement saying, “Texans are fortunate to have Senator Cornyn defending Texas and our country against the endless onslaught of government intrusion and incompetence demonstrated by the Obama Administration,"
"Sen. Cornyn stands strong every day in the nation's capital fighting for the conservative principles that have made Texas the beacon of freedom and opportunity in America, and it's vital to the future of our state and our nation that we keep him there to continue that fight,” Perry said.