Texas Sen. John Cornyn, who is pro-life, looks likely to become the number two Republican in the Senate during the next session of Congress.
Cornyn oversaw the failed efforts in the 2012 election to re-take the Senate from pro-abortion Democrats but that failure doesn’t appear to have hurt his efforts to become the understudy to Republican leader Mitch McConnell, the pro-life senator from Kentucky.
As Politico reports:
South Dakota Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) informed his colleagues Thursday he would stay as the Senate Republican Conference chairman, the No. 3 spot, averting a potentially messy leadership election after the GOP lost ground in Senate elections on Tuesday.
Initially, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) planned to run for the spot, which is being vacated by retiring Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, as did Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.). But both men dropped their bids.
Throughout the year, Thune continually kept his options open for running for the whip job, but ultimately decided against it. Thune and Cornyn are seen as possible successors to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who faces a potentially tough reelection bid in 2014.
“America continues to face enormous challenges and the consequences have never been greater,” Thune said in a statement. “Our country is at a crossroads and communicating our positive Republican vision to grow the economy, create jobs, and restore our nation’s fiscal health couldn’t be more important. Senate Republicans have solutions and we will work hard to aggressively take our message directly to the American people.”
There’s still a question about who will lead the NRSC in the 2014 cycle amid the GOP’s poor performance on Tuesday night. Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran says he has enough support to win the job, but Ohio Sen. Rob Portman is considering challenging him.
Cornyn has been a pro-life advocate against the pro-abortion judges President Barack Obama put forward, including Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
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During the nomination battle, he said, “The American people, I don’t think, want judges who believe that they have been endowed with some power to impose their views for what is otherwise the law. Americans believe … that judges should by definition show self-restraint and respect for the other branches of government.”
In votes totaled by the National Right to Life Committee, Cornyn voted 33 times on the pro-life side, for a 100% pro-life voting record. This year he voted for Repeal of Obama health care law, Blocking funding for Obama health care law, cutting off federal funding for Planned Parenthood, preventing Obama Abortion Mandates, and against the Disclose Act to hit pro-life groups’ free speech.