(Charlotte Observer) U.S. Sen. Richard Burr on Thursday strongly denied a news report that said he had told people he would vote for Democrat Bernie Sanders over Republican Ted Cruz.
Burr’s aides asked The Associated Press for a retraction. An AP spokesman said the news agency was sticking by its story.
"I will support whoever the GOP nominee is," Burr tweeted. "@AP is trying to create discord where there isn't discord by telling lies."
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Burr was responding to an AP story by reporter Erica Werner about Cruz’s unpopularity with fellow Republican senators.
The story said "Cruz has become such a pariah that one of his colleagues, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, told supporters at a campaign fundraiser … that he would vote for liberal Sen. Bernie Sanders for president before Cruz, according to one person who attended the event.