DENVER — After weeks of speculation regarding whether he would break with President Donald Trump on immigration, Sen. Cory Gardner has sided with the president.
The U.S. Senate voted Thursday on a resolution condemning the president’s decision to declare a national emergency on the border.
The resolution passed overwhelmingly 59-41, with 12 Republican senators voting with Democrats. Gardner was not one of them.
“There is a crisis at the border and Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have prevented a solution,” Gardner said in a statement.
Read my statement below on why I voted against the resolution of disapproval for the national emergency declaration ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/Evpp4HkDsK
— Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) March 14, 2019
Gardner’s decision is being celebrated in many Republican circles. Recent polling has shown immigration as the top issue among conservatives in Colorado.
But Democrats quickly pounced — seeing this as another political opportunity ahead of the 2020 election in which Gardner will be up for reelection.
Democratic candidates in the race like Mike Johnston said Gardner, “built a wall between himself and the millions of Coloradans who want government that works.”
— Mike Johnston (@MikeJohnstonCO) March 14, 2019
Democratic grassroots candidate Trish Zorino said, “this is my opponent.”
This is my opponent, @SenCoryGardner. He lives in a blue state, and endorses Trump.
— Trish Zornio (@trish_zornio) March 14, 2019
Trump is expected to veto the resolution.