North Carolina Republican Senator Richard Burr told supporters at a private fundraiser that in a hypothetical general election match-up, he’d support Bernie Sanders over Ted Cruz.Burr isn’t the only Republican member of Congress who takes issue with Cruz. New York Rep. Peter King told the Associated Press this week that Cruz is a “fraud” and that he doesn’t, “know of anyone else in Washington, certainly, who gets this opposition from his own people… I’m talking about people as conservative as he is who just can’t stand him.”
Cruz has previously drawn ire from fellow Republicans for calling Mitch McConnell a liar on the Senate floor.
Burr is running against a conservative opponent Greg Brannon in his senate primary, and saying he’d support a self-avowed socialist is already coming back to hurt him. Brannon put out a press release titled, “BURR GOES FULL SOCIALIST – THREATENS TO VOTE FOR BERNIE SANDERS OVER CRUZ.”
The AP originally reported Burr’s comments, and while Alex Johnson, Burr’s director of strategic operations, said “It’s completely inaccurate,” the AP is sticking with their reporting.
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