Senator John Cornyn Talks Student Loan Forgiveness, Border Security, Abortion and More
AUSTIN, TX – For the latest edition of “Texas-The Problem Is…,” FOX 7 Austin reporter Rudy Koski spoke with Sen. John Cornyn.
The longtime Texas senator shares his thoughts on student loan forgiveness, border security, abortion laws and the 2024 presidential election.
KOSK: Texas Senator John Cornyn is tackling the big issues with us. We start first with the controversial Biden administration tuition bailout
CORNY: I think that’s a terrible message. It’s bad public policy and it’s unfair to people who have paid off their college debt by working two or three jobs or just consciously fulfilling their obligations.
KOSK: If we don’t, can we do anything to reduce the cost of education, reduce the cost of interest rates? It just doesn’t seem right. It’s too expensive, too expensive.
CORNY: Yes, it’s true. It is not fair. Currently, universities have no incentive to control the amount of money people go into debt. This is an area that I believe is ripe for reform.
KOSK: Internationally, the Biden administration wants to bring Iran back. Why is this such a bad idea?
CORNY: Well, because the Biden administration must be the world’s worst negotiator. We saw what happened with the Taliban in Afghanistan. And in that case, we know that Iran will always have a path to nuclear weapons, which is the worst idea I can think of.
KOSK: Democrats believe the Supreme Court paved the way for them to win in November with the abortion ruling. Do you agree?
CORNY: The problem with Roe v Wade is that the Supreme Court made a power grab saying we’re not going to let people decide the limits on abortion, which is admittedly a controversial topic even within the same families.
KOSK: But people are unhappy.
CORNY: So that’s something I think we’re going to have to keep discussing. Lawmakers are going to have to revisit it now that Roe is no longer with us, and voters will have a chance to speak up and find some sort of balance they can live with.
KOSK: Do you think more exceptions should be available in Texas?
CORNY: Well, I’m pro-life, proudly pro-life. I think I believe that life begins at conception. And so I’m pretty sure.
KOSK: But rape and incest.
CORNY: Well, I would make exceptions for those. I think that’s probably where the vast majority of people are, but they’re not in favor of late-term abortions.
KOSK: California has banned the sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2035. The right path?
CORNY: Wacky idea. I just think it’s very impractical. I think it’s frankly unfair to ask, you know, hard-working middle-class families to subsidize someone’s purchase of an $80,000 EV. It’s crazy. This is, of course, what the so-called Inflation Reduction Act did.
KOSK: No doubt there is a crisis at the border. Should the governor declare an invasion?
CORNY: Well, that’s too hard legal work. It is what it is. And I think in a colloquial sense, that’s kind of what we see.
KOSK: So say invasion. This is the way to go.
CORNY: I don’t think it solves the problem by calling it that. And that actually creates some uncertainty about who should be in charge of the border.
KOSK: The United States continues to send aid to the Ukrainians in their fight against the Russians. At what point do we say we can no longer fund this?
CORNY: I am all for providing them with the weapons they need to defend their country. But the longer it lasts, I think there will be more and more questions; where should we spend this money? Should we spend it there, or should we spend that money strengthening our defenses in Asia?
KOSK: Former President Donald Trump remains in the news as we inch closer to the next election cycle. Would you like to see him run again or stay on the sidelines?
CORNY: Well, I’m focusing on the midterm elections in 2022, and frankly, it looks like there will be a lot of people interested in running. And, you know, the decision to run for president is basically making the decision to put yourself and your family through a meat grinder.
KOSK: I don’t think you’re a burger, but have you thought about going to that meat grinder, if you’re going to throw your hat away?
CORNY: There is no no, I can answer unequivocally. I’ve been married for 43 years, and I’m not going to jeopardize that by announcing the presidency.