Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) faces a formidable task in the upcoming GOP presidential primary in New York. He has not fared well in the moderate to liberal Northeast, and the Empire State is his main opponent, Donald Trump’s, home turf. However, while the assignment may be daunting, Cruz believes that it’s not impossible. In fact, Cruz argues that his message of “jobs, freedom, security” works in every corner of the nation and will eventually bring him victory in New York.
I’m not so certain that he’s right, but it seems that Senator Cruz is not going to let New York go without a fight. He proved that point earlier this week when he appeared on Fox News’ O’Reilly Factor for a contentious conversation with Bill O’Reilly (who some observers have noted has been an avid defender of Mr. Trump).
Bill O’Reilly: [Trump] is going to go out and do his, “Lyin’ Ted” routine, I don’t know what he calls Kasich this week, but he’ll figure out a name. I’m just wondering, what your positive message is to New Yorkers? What are you selling us?
Ted Cruz: We just did a rally in Schenectady, there were thousands of people standing in line. And my positive message –the exact same thing I focused on in… Wisconsin– Jobs, freedom, and security.
My number one priority as president is bringing jobs back to America.
Bill O’Reilly: But New York specifically. You’ve got a governor who doesn’t want to frack. If you frack, it helps upstate enormously.
Ted Cruz: Those are New York politician values.
Bill O’Reilly: But you’re not going to force Cuomo to frack. I don’t know how you’re going to bring jobs to New York specifically.
Ted Cruz: You bring jobs by repealing Obamacare, by passing a flat tax, abolishing the IRS, riegning in federal regulators and sanctuary cities, we’ll see millions of high-paying jobs, wages rising and we’ll see young people coming out of school with opportunity and three or four jobs offers again… Americans who corrupt Washington has been leaving behind.
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