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    Texas Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz endorsed each other for re-election

    Cruz says 'no' on latest Obamacare repeal, Cornyn says immigration deal can be cut


    Written by James Barragán, State government reporterConnect with James Barragán

    AUSTIN — Texas Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz for the first time endorsed each other for re-election, while Cruz on Sunday created more uncertainty about the future of an Obamacare repeal, saying he would vote 'no' on the current bill.

    Facing a raucous crowd that often jeered and hissed during an on-stage interview as part of the annual Texas Tribune Festival at the University of Texas, the senators were asked about health care, immigration and Hurricane Harvey relief.

    During a panel with Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith, the two senators took different approaches to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act — commonly known as Obamacare — which congressional Republicans have promised to repeal for years and which has become one of the signature policy points of the Trump administration.

    Cornyn made a pitch for the latest version of the repeal attempt, saying Texans would benefit from the block grants to states the legislation would provide.

    Cruz said his support would depend on what's in the bill and said Democrats are "not willing to be part of the solution."


    "I want to be a 'yes,'" Cruz said. "Right now they don't have my vote and I don't think they have [Utah Sen.] Mike Lee's either."


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    The two senators also talked re-election campaigns. Cornyn revealed that he plans to run in 2020, and said — for the first time — that he's endorsing Cruz for re-election.

    Cruz got in a shot at his likely Democratic challenger, El Paso congressman Beto O'Rourke, saying, "I don't think Texans want a far-left Democrat in the Senate."


    Hurricane relief, climate change


    Cruz and Cornyn tried to reassure the audience that they would work to secure federal money for hurricane relief, while questioning whether there will be other political fallout from the natural disaster.

    Cornyn said he believes humans affect the climate, but he questioned whether the government should be involved in curbing the effects. Cruz disputed whether the climate is warming and implied colleges were teaching students about the issue from a biased perspective.


    "I would note we've had hurricanes since the dawn of time and we'll continue to have hurricanes," said Cruz, who grew up in Houston.



    He also pushed back against the notion that the costs to recover from the hurricane have shuttered hopes for building a costly border wall. He said the only people suggesting that were people who didn't want to build it in the first place.

    Immigration deal?


    Cruz was just as blunt when responding to a question about cutting a deal to legalize the millions of unauthorized immigrants in the country. This month, President Donald Trump announced a plan to eliminate a program that provided deportation relief to nearly 800,000 unauthorized immigrants who came to the country as children.

    Cruz said four words summarized his thoughts on immigration: "Legal, good. Illegal, bad."


    Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, was more deliberative. "We are a nation of immigrants and we are a beneficiary of that," he said. "But we are also a nation of laws and somehow we lost sight of that."


    He said border security and enforcement would have to be part of any potential negotiation. He concluded:

    "I think there's a deal to be had."


    'Disrespecting the flag'


    The senators also weighed in on protests by athletes who refuse to stand during the national anthem. Both said they believe in the First Amendment right to express your views, but also made clear they disagreed with the protests.

    "I, for one, am not a fan of rich, spoiled athletes disrespecting the flag," said Cruz, to boos from the audience which he dismissed as the expressions of "the People's Republic of Travis County."


    Cornyn said he found it "profoundly ungrateful" not to show respect for the flag when so many had sacrificed so much for the freedoms the country provides.


    After the senators walked off-stage, a group of four protesters stood up and shouted "Pass the DREAM Act!" holding signs that read "No Mass deportation."

    Outside the venue, those protesters joined another group of dozens who were urging Cruz and Cornyn to leave the Affordable Care Act intact.

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    The senators also weighed in on protests by athletes who refuse to stand during the national anthem. Both said they believe in the First Amendment right to express your views, but also made clear they disagreed with the protests.

    "I, for one, am not a fan of rich, spoiled athletes disrespecting the flag," said Cruz, to boos from the audience which he dismissed as the expressions of "the People's Republic of Travis County."

    Cornyn said he found it "profoundly ungrateful" not to show respect for the flag when so many had sacrificed so much for the freedoms the country provides.
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    Large auto dealership cuts ties with NFL player over national anthem protest

    Mark Belcher10:43 AM, Sep 25, 2017
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    DENVER — Just a day after hundreds of NFL players took a knee, linked arms or sat during the national anthem to protest controversial messages by President Donald Trump, some prominent players are already seeing consequences.

    Von Miller, a star linebacker for the Denver Broncos, was one of the players who took a knee — and one local Ford dealership took issue. Phil Long Ford said Monday that they dropped their one-time spokesperson.


    The move was in line with Trump's calls to fire any player who takes a knee during the anthem.



    Miller had appeared in several advertisements on television endorsing the dealership, however the the large auto dealer requested their ads be pulled on Monday. The last commercial deal struck between the two groups was in March, but the move on Monday severed all ties.


    Some of the advertisements which had previously been posted to YouTube had already been removed from the dealership's page.

    Although the dealership confirmed the move, the company's spokesperson had yet to issue a detailed statement at the time of first publish.

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