Feb 5, 2016 12:40 AM
NH1 News Political Director
PORTSMOUTH – Ted Cruz says he’s seeing an “outpouring of Rand Paul supporters.. coming over to us.”
And in an interview with NH1 News, the senator from Texas also criticized rivals Donald Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, saying “they’ll cut deals. They’ll give in.”
Cruz spoke with NH1 News on Thursday, minutes before holding a rally at the Toyota dealership in Portsmouth. The day before, Paul, the libertarian minded senator from Kentucky, ended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
Asked by NH1 News if he’d reached out to Paul or his legions of supporters in New Hampshire, Cruz touted that “we have been seeing just a real outpouring from the Liberty movement, from a lot of Rand supporters.”
“It really has been interesting, at all of our events yesterday, we saw this outpouring of Rand Paul supporters who showed and were coming over to us. I think it is very encouraging development here on the ground in New Hampshire,” he added.
Cruz held his rally about an hour after Rubio finished a town hall less than a mile north on Route 1 bypass. Rubio told NH1 News that Cruz is “willing to say and do anything in order to get votes.”
Asked to respond, Cruz said “it is not surprising that my political opponents are attacking me. And there’s a reason they’re attacking me, which is that the first election occurred and we won. And they didn’t, and that has them unhappy. And so they’re going to launch attacks.”
He added that “there is an irony for someone like Marco to talk about saying and doing anything to get elected, because when he campaigned to get elected in Florida, he promised the men and women of Florida he would lead the fight against amnesty. I made the exact same promise in Texas. The difference was when we went to Washington I kept my promise and Marco not only broke his promise, but he ended up joining with Barack Obama and Chuck Schumer to lead the fight to pass amnesty. And so Marco and I were on opposites sides of that fight over amnesty and he demonstrated that the promises that he made to the people who elected him were not his priority. He would break his word because it was politically convenient.”
Later, he continued to criticize Rubio, and also trained his fire on Donald Trump.
“We keep winning elections, people go to Washington and they don’t do what they said they would do. And I think the stakes are too high in 2016 for us get burned again if we go with a dealmaker like Donald Trump or Marco Rubio. You know what they’ll do. They’ll cut deals. They’ve told us that. They’ll cut deals. They’ll give in,” Cruz said.
Cruz won Monday’s Iowa caucuses, edging out Trump and Rubio. While he’s long spent lots of time on the Hawkeye State campaign trail, he’s only in recent weeks picked up the pace in the Granite State.
Asked if South Carolina’s a more important state for him, Cruz said “we are competing and competing hard in New Hampshire. I am here. We have a fantastic team.”
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