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Cruz Appears Biggest Loser in Sessions Trump Endorsement

Cruz Appears Biggest Loser in Sessions Trump Endorsement
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By    |   Sunday, 28 February 2016 08:19 PM

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions' endorsement Sunday of Donald Trump for president is seen as a blow to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who serves in the upper chamber with Cruz and is seen as a tea party stalwart.

It is the first time Sessions has endorsed a presidential candidate, Trump noted at the rally in a Madison, Alabama, football stadium, just outside Huntsville.

And his endorsement might reach outside Alabama to tea party members who want stronger immigration laws.

Cruz has touted himself as a champion of that cause, but those on the fence could be affected by Sessions' endorsement. He's served in the U.S. Senate for two decades and has his own following in the conservative movement.

Cruz and Sessions have spoken highly of each others' positions, with Sessions crediting Cruz last year with stopping the 2013 Gang of Eight immigration bill.

"I think I can say this with integrity and good judgment: I believe without the vigorous opposition of Ted Cruz, this bill likely would have passed," Sessions said. "So we need to thank him."

Sessions also appeared with Cruz in Daphne in December.

But Sessions' staff helped write Trump's immigration position last year, and Sessions was seen wearing one of Trump's "Make American Great Again" caps in August.

But Trump's promise to build a border wall and make Mexico pay for it and his vow to deport all 11 million illegal immigrants and have them reapply for entry through legal means have boosted him in the eyes of many.

Sessions decried the three decades of broken promises from politicians in his endorsement.

Sessions' endorsement, combined with that of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie last week, shows a growing acceptance of Trump from both the establishment, Politico notes.

"I hate to say it, I'm becoming mainstream," Trump said. "I'm getting all these endorsements."







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Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions' endorsement Sunday of Donald Trump for president is seen as a blow to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who serves in the upper chamber with Cruz and is seen as a tea party stalwart.
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