Cornyn: Building 'New Era of Accountability' Will Help GOP Take Back the White House

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) told the Conservative Political Action Conference this morning that the right needs to usher in a "new era of accountability" after five years of President Obama.

"Because that's how we will take back the White House in 2016," said the Senate minority whip who won his primary on Tuesday.

"As citizens, we must hold those in public office to the highest standard of accountability -- because unaccountability has always been the refuge of autocrats, scandal-makers and stubbornly bad government policy," Cornyn said. For the last five years now, five long years, President Obama has put this maxim to the test. For five years, he's advocated for a larger, more intrusive federal government."

"When it was revealed that Eric Holder's Justice Department had knowingly allowed weapons to be smuggled to Mexican drug cartels, did we get accountability? We got a cover-up. When one of those weapons showed up at the murder scene of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, I'll ask you -- did we get accountability? When they president invoked executive privilege and put damning evidence under lock and key -- when a career State Department official dared to speak the truth about that terrible night in Benghazi, a night when four Americans lost their lives, did we get accountability? When it came to light that the IRS was targeting Americans whose only offense was to disagree with the president, did we get accountability?"

When it comes to Obamacare, "Where do we even begin?" the senator quipped.

"When Obamacare was debated in Congress, we screamed from the rooftops that it just wouldn't work -- that it would be a job killer; that it would absolutely make health care more expensive and less accessible for millions of Americans," he said. "And for pointing this out, we were mocked and disparaged by President Obama and his liberal allies. We were accused of somehow being heartless and misinformed. But now, four years later, our predictions have come true. And I ask you, has the president shown any accountability?"

In the face of waivers and delays and "minced words" from the president, Cornyn continued, conservatives can't just say "I told you so."

"Because the status quo is not written in stone. And if the last five years have taught us anything about our liberal friends, it's that they don't get accountability. But while they may be a lost cause, the future of our great country is never a lost cause."