Ted Cruz on Wednesday offered a preview of how he plans to reconcile his bashing of “New York values” with a new urgency to perform well in the state’s Republican presidential primary.
Speaking in Manhattan — just five blocks from the namesake tower of GOP rival Donald Trump — Cruz sought to find common cause with Empire State Republicans, noting Trump’s donations to a who’s who of liberal boogeymen in a preemptive strike on the billionaire’s home turf.
“Y’all have seen firsthand the disasters that come from liberal Democratic policies that are foisted on the people of New York,” Cruz said. “And yet Donald Trump over and over again has been supporting Andrew Cuomo and Hillary Clinton and Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer and Charlie Rangel.”
“So the next time you think of all of the disastrous policies that have been foisted on the people of New York, you can thank Donald Trump for bankrolling those efforts,” Cruz added, reprising a line of attack he had used against Trump in the run-up to the primary in another solidly blue state, Illinois, which Trump won this month.
Cruz’s speech at the Women’s National Republican Club in Midtown Manhattan came the morning after he split two nominating contests with Trump, easily beating him in Utah but coming up far short in Arizona. Cruz is scrambling to catch up with Trump in the hunt for delegates — 95 of whom will be up for grabs April 19 in Trump’s home state of New York.
On Tuesday afternoon, Cruz held a private meeting in Midtown Manhattan with a number of prominent New York Republicans, including state party Chairman Ed Cox and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. The Daily Caller first reported the meeting.
Cruz’s campaign has made clear it does not plan to cede New York to Trump. A large majority of the state’s 95 delegates are divided among 27 congressional districts, creating opportunities for Cruz to focus on the most conservative parts of an otherwise famously blue state.
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