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Is Cornyn softening on Crist endorsement?

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March

John-cornyn U.S. Sen. John Cornyn continues to find himself in a difficult spot over his early endorsement of Charlie Crist.

The Texas lawmaker, who is head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, told reporters today that he still backs Crist but again had to stress that the NRSC would not spend money against Marco Rubio.

"Selfishly, given the limited resources we have and the national scope of our responsibilities here, I didn't want to have to spend any money in Florida if we didn't have to," Cornyn said, according to a report by the Hill. "So Charlie Crist seemed like the ideal candidate. This had nothing to do with Marco Rubio, whom I subsequently met and have a lot of respect for."

The Rubio campaign and others jumped on his words as backtracking, though the NRSC said he has been consistent. And there would be good reason since Rubio now leads the race. Back when Cornyn endorsed Crist, however, few regarded Rubio as much of a challenge.

In December, Cornyn acknowledged to the Buzz that Rubio had gained traction against Crist.

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:26pm]

    

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