Ted Cruz Asked During Debate If He Lost His ‘Dignity’ by Supporting Trump After Brutal Insults
On Friday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O’Rourke (R-Texas) fended off in the first of three Senate debates scheduled before the all-important midterm vote.
At one point, moderator Gromer Jeffers asked Cruz about criticism that he had lost his “dignity.”
“The last time you stood for election was in 2016. You were the runner-up in the Republican primary for president… Donald Trump as you remember, dubbed you lyin’ Ted. He took swipes at your wife and father. You, in turn, called him a pathological liar. Quite frankly, there’s so many insults between the two of you, it would take the rest of this show to go through them all. Now that he’s president, you guys have become friendly,” Jeffers said.
Then he asked Cruz this: “How do you respond to critics who say that as it relates to President Trump, you lost your dignity?”
“Well, there is no doubt 2016 was an election unlike any others,” Cruz replied. “There were some hard shots thrown.”
Then after calling his dad a hero and going on about how he is “blessed from God” to be married to Heidi Cruz, he said this:
“After the election in 2016, I faced a choice. Donald Trump had been elected president and we had an opportunity to do something extraordinary. I made a conscious choice to do the job I’d been elected to do, which is represent 28 million Texans. I’ve got a responsibility which is to fight for every person in this state.”
He then stressed for that reason he has “worked hand in hand” with the president and as a result, “we have delivered remarkable victories.”
The incumbent Texas senator then concluded, “I could have chosen to make it about myself to be selfish and say, ‘You know what, my feelings are hurt. So, I’m going to take my marbles and go home.'”
But that, Cruz stressed would mean he wasn’t doing the job he was elected to do.
Watch above, via C-SPAN.
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