Ted Cruz on Immigration: I’ll Appoint Trump to Build the Wall When I’m Elected

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), speaks at the Growth and Opportuni
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Senator and Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz insists that if elected, he’ll secure America’s southern border by building a wall. But not him personally.

Cruz tells the Kuhner Report that, after he’s elected President, he’d appoint mogul and current primary competitor Donald Trump to build the wall.

“Would a President Cruz build a wall along the entire Southern border and if you were President, would you appoint Donald Trump to build that wall?” asked Kuhner. “Absolutely yes on both fronts,” responded Cruz.

Cruz was also asked about the flurry of recent attacks from Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio and others now that he is rising swiftly in the polls. A spirited Cruz said, “The fact that they’re shooting at you is a real strong sign. If they’re not shooting at you, you’re not doing much of anything…. The Republican establishment is in a panic and they’re in a panic because Conservatives are uniting behind our campaign.”

The first portion of the interview focused on foreign policy, most notably radical Islam, culminating with a pledge by Cruz to defeat radical Islam if elected President.

Segueing to domestic issues, said Cruz, “we need a President who stands with the working men and women, whether it is against amnesty; whether it is for sovereignty; whether it is against Obama Trade – and that is exactly where I am.”

Cruz also cited his 11 page immigration plan (available here). Calling it a “serious plan,” he pointed out that, in part, it calls for building a wall, tripling border security, ending sanctuary cities, ending Welfare for people here illegally, ending catch and release, and finally, “we will deport criminal illegal aliens.”

As Breitbart News reported yesterday, the immigration issue has become key in the head-to-head match up between Senators Cruz and Rubio, as many see a tightening race putting the two men on a collision course. By attacking Cruz, Rubio is trying to turn a significant weakness into something of a strength. So far, it doesn’t seem to be working across the base.

What’s perhaps most interesting about this whole scenario is the fact that Rubio—of all people in the 2016 GOP field probably the most troubled on immigration after his role working with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on the Gang of Eight amnesty bill last Congress—is the one launching these attacks on Cruz.

The Cruz interview on today’s Kuhner Report can be heard below.


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