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Sen. Cornyn Not Endorsing for President Now

When it comes to the Republican race for the presidential nomination, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) is staying neutral. Cornyn is not endorsing anyone, for now.

"I don't think people really care much about what other elected officials say about who they should select. I think they want to make their own choice, and I respect that. So it looks like we are going to have a very exciting period here, perhaps even a contested convention," said Cornyn.

When asked why he has not endorsed fellow Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Cornyn had the following response.

"For the reason I mentioned. I don't think people really care what I think and who I would endorse. They want to cast their own vote and to have their own say, and I respect that," Cornyn said.

Still, Cornyn said he will support the nominee of the party.

Cornyn was outspoken after Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died, saying President Barack Obama should not nominate a justice in his final year of the presidency. But now, some Republican senators will meet with the president's nominee, Merrick Garland, chief judge of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

"Well, I just can't in good conscience agree to support a nominee from this president in his last year of his presidency. That will change the composition of the court – the balance of the court – for a generation. I am just not going to do that. So that, working backward from that, then the question is, okay should we have a hearing, should we have a meeting? To me, that would be misleading because I have already reached the conclusion that I will not support confirmation of an Obama nominee to the Supreme Court in this last year of his presidency," Cornyn said.

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