Tom Cotton’s rigid conservatism – POLITICO

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“I have strong opinions … And I stick to those views, not till I feel vindicated, until I am vindicated on the facts, as I have been on almost every point,” Cotton said when asked if he feels redeemed by his steadfast views. “It’s not a matter of ‘I feel vindicated.’ It’s a matter that I have been vindicated.”

Cotton doesn’t say “no” when asked if he’s planning to run for president in 2024. His book, “Only the Strong,” is due out after the election and focuses on his national security approach.

And for a party still reeling from the peripatetic ideology of Donald Trump, Cotton could offer a predictable alternative: He builds few bridges to Democrats and isn’t afraid of clobbering Republicans, either.

He talks regularly with Trump but isn’t begging for a third campaign from the former president either: “That’s a decision that he will make, as…

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