Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is going after his rival Donald Trump, by sending out an interview of Trump from 1999 where the GOP frontrunner explains how being from New York made him pro-gay marriage and pro-choice.
Cruz’s campaign sent a press release Saturday with quotes from Trump’s 1999 interview on Meet the Press:
I live in New York City. There is a tremendous movement on to have and allow gay marriage. Hey, I lived in New York City and Manhattan all my life so my views are a little bit different than if I lived in Iowa, perhaps, but [gays openly serving in the military] is not something that would disturb me.I’m very pro choice. And again it may be a little bit of a New York background because there is some different having attitude in different parts of the country and you know I was raised in New York, grew up and work and everything else in New York City.But you would not ban partial-birth abortion?No.
At the South Carolina debate Thursday, Cruz and Trump engaged in a heated back and forth, in which Cruz said that Trump “represented New York values.” When pressed to explain what “New York values” meant, Cruz said that, “not a lot of conservatives come out of Manhattan. I’m just saying.” Trump then defended New York by praising the way they dealt with the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attack.
According to Patrick Svitek of the Texas Tribune, Cruz has been in New Hampshire continuing his attacks on Trump’s record:
“Donald’s record does not match what he says as a candidate,” [Cruz] told reporters before a national security forum here at a church, delivering an assessment of the onetime ally in the race that would have been unthinkable as recently as last week. “I recognize what Donald says on the campaign trail today is fairly conservative, but voters are discerning.”