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Cruz: Dems Standing With Felons Rather Than Americans, W Attacking Threats To Jeb’s Campaign

Texas Senator and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz stated that Democrats should “explain why they are choosing to stand with convicted felons like the murderer of Kate Steinle rather than with the American people” and that former President George W. Bush is “attacking the candidates who they see as a threat” who they see as a threat to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign on Wednesday’s “O’Reilly Factor” on the Fox News Channel.

Cruz touted a stand-alone vote on Kate’s Law, adding that Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) tied Kate’s Law to a measure to defund sanctuary cities, but said he urged leadership to tie Kate’s Law to “must-pass” legislation.

He added, “what I urged Senate Democrats to do is look them [Kate Steinle’s family] in the eyes and explain why they are choosing to stand with convicted felons like the murderer of Kate Steinle rather than with the American people, the people we should be standing and protecting.

Cruz was also asked about the race for speaker of the House, to which he stated he wasn’t going to get involved.

He was also asked about reports that George W. Bush criticized him, Cruz answered, “listen, I like and respect President Bush. I was honored to work for him for a number of years. I don’t think it’s surprising that he’s supporting his brother’s campaign and that he’s attacking the candidates who they see as a threat to that campaign. But, you know, from my perspective, I met my wife Heidi working for George W. Bush, and I will always be grateful to him, and I have no intention of reciprocating and saying an ill word about him.”

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