During an interview with POLITICO Ted Cruz explained in greater detail his reluctance to criticize popular Republican candidate Donald Trump, and why he thinks his fellow Republicans are making a mistake to do so.
“I would … note that an awful lot of Republicans, including other Republican candidates, have gone out of their way to smack Donald Trump with a stick. Now I think that’s just foolish,” Cruz said.
This is the reason the Texas Senator gave for refusing to go head to head with one of his political rivals:
“Donald Trump had a rally in Phoenix, Arizona (to which) between 10 and 20 thousand people came out. When you attack and vilify the people at that rally as crazies, it does nothing to help Republicans win in 2016. I’d like every single person at that rally to show up and vote in 2016, knock on doors with energy and passion, and turn this country around. If Washington politicians show contempt and condescension to those [voters,] that is a path to losing at the ballot box.”
On the other hand, Cruz would prefer those voters to vote for him:
“It is my hope to earn the support of the supporters for every other candidate in 2016.”