Cruz: ‘Washington Establishment’ Is ‘Getting Behind’ ‘Go Along to Get Along’ Trump, Who Has ‘Same Healthcare Plan’ As Sanders

Texas Senator and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz argued that “we’re seeing the Washington establishment getting behind Donald Trump” who has said “He’ll go along to get along” and has “basically the same healthcare plan” as Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Wednesday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel.

Cruz stated, “Donald is publicly bragging about how all the big establishment players are getting behind him, and his criticism of me is he said I went to Washington and actually stood up and fought in Washington and Donald has said, well, the problem he has with me is that I won’t go along to get along in Washington. I won’t cut deals. And Donald has promised he’ll go to Washington. He’ll cut deals. He’ll go along to get along. I’ve got to tell you Sean, you know the conservatives across this country, I don’t think the problem with Washington is that we haven’t had enough Republicans willing to cut deals with the Democrats. The problem is, Republican leadership cuts deals every day with the Democrats, like horrible omnibus bill that funded a trillion dollars, funded all of Obama’s big government priorities. And the establishment seems to have made a determination Donald Trump’s a guy they can make a deal with who will continue the cronyism and corporate welfare and bailouts for big banks. And I think that we’re seeing conservatives getting behind us, and we’re seeing the Washington establishment getting behind Donald Trump, interestingly enough.” Cruz later cited the criticism he has received from Iowa Governor Terry Branstad (R) as an example of the establishment rallying behind Trump.

He later added, “Actually, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have basically the same healthcare plan.”

In the second part of the interview, Cruz said, “In 2013, when [Sen.] Harry Reid (D-NV), and Barack Obama and [Sen.] Chuck Schumer (D-NY) came after the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, millions of Americans rose up to defend our constitutional rights. Once again, I was proud to lead that fight. Once again, Mr. Trump was nowhere to be found. He had been advocating previously for restricting so-called assault weapons, and when it came a time to defend the 2nd Amendment he wasn’t there.”

He concluded, “I will rip to shreds this Iranian nuclear deal. Donald Trump has pledged to keep the deal in place and try to negotiate. You don’t negotiate with the Ayatollah Khomeini, who chants ‘Death to America,’ you defeat him. And we need a leader who doesn’t get rattled by the latest drop in polls, who doesn’t wake with a up in the morning with a frenzy of tweets, but rather, has the clarity and vision and strength to keep this country safe. That’s what I’ll do as president, Sean. And I think that’s why conservatives are uniting behind us across the country. It’s why the establishment is headed to Donald.”

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