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Gov. Perry helps kick off Sen. John Cornyn's campaign

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Some political fence mending took place this morning involving two of the most influential Republicans in Texas. Governor Rick Perry was with U.S. Senator John Cornyn to help him kick off Cornyn's re-election campaign.

Sporting his new look glasses, Governor Rick Perry kicked off this campaign rally with a prediction.

"It's approaching midnight in the garden of big government."

The iconic Scholz Garten provided the stage for Perry's endorsement of the lone star state's senior U.S. Senator ... John Cornyn.

"He is steady, he is reliable, he is the epitome of what I would look for in a U.S. Senator," said Governor Perry.

A handshake sealed the endorsement followed by Cornyn's call for party unity.

"What we've seen is that when we are divided we capitulate, we basically we hand the victory over to our political opponents, they win elections and they get to govern," said Senator Cornyn.

The warning from the Senator comes as his conservative credentials have come under fire. The emergence of freshman Senator - and Tea Party favorite - Ted Cruz has played a big part in that doubt.

"The Republicans are in a weird spot right now," said political analyst Chuck McDonald.

The GOP especially in Texas, according to McDonald, is a victim of its own success.

"And yet for some of their core constituency, it's not good enough, they're turning on some of their own members saying they're not Republican enough, not conservative enough, that's the result of having power for 20 years, there's not Democrats to fight with so you start eating each other.,": said McDonald.

Indications of that emerged in 2010, when Senator Cornyn threw his support behind the gubernatorial bid of fellow Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson. It was assumed Perry would not run. Instead he won a heated primary fight, but that victory may have strained relationships with several old guard party members. Now that Governor Perry is not seeking another term, it was suggested he could give Senator Cornyn a little payback.

In a survey of Texas voters by Public Policy Polling, released earlier this month, Perry beats Cornyn by more than 10-points. The Governor was asked why he decided not to make a run at the Senate seat.

"Because being Governor is where I wanted to spend my time and efforts, and it takes a team approach," said Perry.

With no major Democrat signed up yet to face him in the General Election the Senator took a swing at State Senator Wendy Davis, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for Governor. He referred to her as a Nancy Pelosi clone.

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