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Cruz Stumps Around Texas With Perry and Abbott At His Side

Joey Palacios
Texas Public Radio
Texas Senator Ted Cruz greets voters at a campaign rally Monday afternoon

Texas Senator Ted Cruz traversed across Texas Monday in hopes of garnering support for today’s primary election. An estimated 1,200 people showed up to hear Cruz in San Antonio as the presidential hopeful tore into his top opponent.

Before taking the stage at the San Antonio Shrine Auditorium in North San Antonio, Ted Cruz spent much of his time with the press attacking Donald Trump, the perceived front runner for the GOP nomination.

“There is only one campaign that has beaten, and that can beat Donald Trump and that is us,” Cruz told reporters. “On Super Tuesday we are running neck-and-neck with Donald in Super Tuesday states.”

Cruz called on Trump to release audio of an editorial meeting with the New York Times regarding a claim Trump’s immigration stance is different than what he says in public. “That tape can clear it up and the voters deserve to know,” he added.

Stumping on behalf of Cruz, Governor Greg Abbott and Rick Perry made stops in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. Perry claimed Cruz would not abandon campaign promises if elected.

“…With this committed conservative; an individual that we know for a fact that will be the same person next year as he is today. We don’t know that with Donald Trump,” Perry said.

On stage, Cruz’s hard stance against the Affordable Care Act and deportation of undocumented immigrants remained ever present. He told the crowd conservative control of the Supreme Court was also in jeopardy. “We are one liberal justice away from the Supreme Court from effectively erasing the second amendment from the Bill of Rights,” Cruz told a crowd that reacted with cheers. “And I give you my word, every justice I put on the court will be a principled constitutionalist who defends our rights.”

Out of all of the Super Tuesday states, Texas has the most Republican delegates up for grabs at 155. Any candidate winning above 20 percent will win some delegates. Cruz is counting on a big win in his home state to lift his campaign nationally. 

Joey Palacios can be reached atJoey@TPR.org and on Twitter at @Joeycules