TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Sen. John Cornyn made a special stop in Tyler this Super Tuesday.
“I feel a little bit like Paul Revere in saying the socialists are coming," Cornyn said.
His campaign says Cornyn is making the rounds to encourage voters to cast their ballots in the primary election. Cornyn said the 2018 Senate race between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke was “too close for comfort.”
“Anytime you have a socialist like Bernie Sanders leading the Democratic nomination for POTUS, it’s frankly frightening to me," Cornyn said.
Cornyn and his team are expecting 11 million voters this time around, many of them young and voting for the first time.
“They’re not necessarily grounded in what has made Texas the success story that it has today," Cornyn said.
Cornyn has served as US senator since 2003. He faces four challengers in the Republican primary: Mark Yancey, John Anthony Castro, Dwayne Stovall and Virgil Bierschwale. The winner of the Republican primary will face the winner of a crowded 12-way race of Democrats.
Cornyn also answered questions about a letter he and Sen. Ted Cruz sent to the CDC following the release of a coronavirus patient in San Antonio.
“Apparently what happened is after one of the individuals had gone through the quarantine process for 14 days, they had a couple of tests that proved negative," Cornyn said. "But then another test, that had been done, did not come back before they were released.”
Cornyn told reporters he doesn’t see any risk of contamination, but said it’s still important to be careful. He commended the Trump administration for their efforts to contain the virus.