“My focus is on winning the Republican nomination for president, and I’ll tell you, the energy and enthusiasm we’ve got right now is incredible. I could not be more encouraged,” the Texas senator and self-styled “courageous conservative” told the Herald after packing historic Brown’s Lobster Pound with giddy supporters, who clawed their way over picnic tables filled with diners just to touch him.
But when asked if Trump’s front-runner bravado and take-no-prisoners headline hoarding was making it difficult for his message to rise above the din, Cruz’s eyes flashed.
“We’ll see you at the next stop,” he said, closing a car door.
Cruz, 44, and Trump, 69, have each publicly acknowledged they’ll be teaming up together Sept. 9 in D.C. to support a public protest of President Obama’s lifting of sanctions against Iran.
Cruz told his supporters he plans “to rip to shreds this catastrophic Iranian nuclear deal” on his first day in office if elected president, adding, “We need a commander in chief willing to utter the words ‘radical Islamic terrorist.’ ”
Cruz did not dance around his dislike of the media yesterday, telling the onion rings and corn on the cob crowd that after eight years of a Cruz administration, “There’s going to be a whole lot of newspaper reporters and journalists and editors who check themselves into therapy.”
Addressing a rally of about 100 people in Brown’s parking lot, Cruz knew just how to win the New England crowd.
” Tom Brady was framed!” he shouted to cheers and applause. “I’m not willing to pander on much, but on that, Tom Brady was framed! And by the way, I have it on good authority that Hillary Clinton did it. Why else do you think she deleted her emails?”
Cruz laughed off crusty House Speaker John Boehner’s labeling of him last week as “that jackass” during a fundraiser inColorado.
“Oh, the speaker’s entitled to express his views,” Cruz told the Herald. “I’ve spent a lot of time talking about what I call the Washington Cartel, which is career politicians in both parties that get in bed with lobbyists and special interests and grow and grow and grow government.”
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