Just ahead of Republican primary runoffs in Texas, President Donald Trump pushed for congressional candidates Tony Gonzales and Ronny Jackson in tele-town halls on Monday night.
The Texas Tribune noted that Gonzales is vying for the nomination to replace the retiring Rep. Will Hurd. And Jackson, the former White House doctor, is trying for the nomination to replace the retiring Rep. Mac Thornberry.
"He's a conservative guy," Trump said of Gonzales, "but he's a conservative guy that's gonna win — because we have to win, and you know, that's a very important element of it. That's one of the reasons I'm doing this. I studied it very closely. We need somebody that's gonna beat their candidate, and that candidate can absolutely be beaten."
The Tribune said the Tuesday runoff between Gonzales and Raul Reyes has been consumed recently by the drama over Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, splitting their endorsements.
A little less than an hour before Trump did the call with Gonzales, Cruz appeared on a tele-town hall with Reyes.
Meanwhile, The Dallas Morning News reported that the president said this of Jackson on Monday: “He’s a friend and he’s somebody that can help me a lot in Washington."
He called Jackson “an outstanding person.”
“This is the kind of people we need coming to Washington to help us. He’s loyal. He’s brave," Trump said.
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