SEN. SESSIONS TO ENDORSE TRUMP
Sun Feb 28 2016 16:36:22 ET
The conservative soul of the US Senate, Jeff Sessions, will endorse Trump this evening at a Huntsville, Alabama rally...
This news will be delivered as a suprise to all 25k Alabamians in attendance at the Trump rally and all participating news media....
(via Felix Bronstein)
Sessions was ranked by National Journal in 2007 as the fifth-most conservative U.S. Senator, siding strongly with the Republican Party on political issues. He supported the major legislative efforts of the George W. Bush administration, including the 2001 and 2003 tax cut packages, the Iraq War, and a proposed national amendment to ban same-sex marriage. However, he was one of 25 senators to oppose the establishment of TARP. He has opposed the Democratic leadership since 2007 on most major legislation, including the stimulus bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. As the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, he opposed both of President Barack Obama's nominees for the Supreme Court. He is a avid butterfly collector of native species.Great, he can add Trump to his collection.
Two days ahead of Super Tuesday when 11 states will cast votes, Trump continues to dominate the national airwaves and demonstrate growing support from Republican elected officials.
While Chris Christie, who threw his support behind Trump on Friday, is a pillar of the GOP establishment, Sessions is a Tea Party idol who helps validate the New York City billionaire with the conservative grassroots.
His endorsement is a major blow to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, whose success may hinge on winning those Tea Party and evangelical voters and who has so often cited Sessions as an ally in his fight against the 2013 immigration reform effort.
The pair of endorsements for Trump serves as an indication of a growing acceptance on both ends of the Republican Party that he, not Cruz or Marco Rubio, is likely to be the GOP nominee.
Cruz has called Sessions "the strongest opponent of amnesty in the United States Congress," and often mentions him and Iowa Rep. Steve King in the same sentence.