Sen. Cornyn talks war, executive pay and Texas governor's race - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/22/09

Sen. Cornyn talks war, executive pay and Texas governor's race

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By Ann Wyatt Little  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - They go to Washington to work for you. It's because of your vote that our congressional representatives and senators represent your voice in the nation's capital.

For eight years men and women have fought and died in Afghanistan and Senator Cornyn says President Obama needs to make a decision sooner rather than later. "While Deliberation is a very important thing in matters of war, this is a war that the president called a war of necessity. It's very important to our national interests that we succeed in Afghanistan for two reasons. One, to deny safe haven for terrorists in Afghanistan, which was of course launching pad for 9/11 attacks against the United States that killed 3,000 people. As well as to help stabilize Pakistan, a government with nuclear weapons that terrorists would love to get their hands on," says the Texas Senator.

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai downplays accusations of fraud in his country's recent election and agreed to a run off but will the election influence the U.S. strategy? "I don't believe so. I think regardless of who wins the runoff election, and I believe we have a good idea who will, our national security interests continue to require us to deny safe haven in Afghanistan. The commanding general, General McCrystal, recommended to President Obama last August an increase in resources there. Reportedly some 3,000 troops will help us have a successful outcome there and hopefully help more of our troops return safely," Cornyn answered.

What does the senator think about the idea of policing executive pay? "I have mixed feelings on that. Ordinarily I don't think the federal government should dictate income of a private company's payroll. This case many have received TARP funds or bailout funds so this has the government involved. I think we need to make sure the incentives are there to protect the taxpayer and the recovery of those TARP funds rather than to pay rewards to CEOs and management," Cornyn replied.

With regards to the upcoming governor's race, Senator Cornyn says he plans on staying out of it. "I think it's important for me to focus mu attention on the U.S. Senate. I'm going to stay in Washington," adds the senator. He does hope Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison's seat will stay red.

Legislation drafted by Senator Cornyn that includes changes in the way soldiers vote overseas passed the senate Thursday morning and will now go to the president's desk for his signature.

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