Ted Cruz says attacks on Rubio motivated by race

Sen. Ted Cruz

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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says some of the attacks on fellow Republican Sen. Marco Rubio by Democrats are motivated by race, according to the Dallas Morning News.

“I think Democrats and the media are afraid of Marco Rubio because he is a smart, intelligent, conservative Hispanic,” Cruz told reporters Tuesday while touring a Texas gun manufacturing plant.

“And they are looking for any excuse they can to attack him, because that threatens them.”

Cruz also commented on the criticism Rubio received following his response to last week’s State of the Union, suggesting it was about more than Rubio being a promising young Republican.

“It’s not just a promising Republican,” Cruz said. “I think the Democrats view Marco Rubio as a particular threat because of his background, his life story. I think it they believe it is in their interest to inflict as much damage as possible and blow things wildly out of proportion.”

Newsday ran a Cal Thomas column Monday, “Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, a double threat,” that looks at why Democrats fear the Hispanic senators:

After becoming the first Hispanic to win a Senate seat in Texas, Cruz told CBS News, “I think the values in the Hispanic community are fundamentally conservative, but you’ve got to have candidates that connect with that community in a real and genuine way and communicate that the values between the candidate and the community are one and the same.”

This is what Cruz and Rubio are doing. They don’t use their heritage as a wedge to divide; rather they are using it as an avenue for communicating ideas to those who share that heritage — and to a wider audience — in ways that can improve everyone’s life.

“Democrats aren’t likely to sit still and allow Cruz and Rubio’s ideas to reach not only Hispanics, but the rest of America,” Thomas wrote.

“Their ideas are more powerful than the weapons used by Democrats in their race and class warfare where people are seen not as individuals, but as voting blocs.”

Cruz also weighed in on immigration reform: “In my opinion, the single biggest obstacle to passing immigration reform right now is President Barack Obama… His objective is not to get a deal, not to pass a serious improvement to our immigration system, but rather to force Republicans to walk away from the table so he can have a political issue to campaign on in 2014 and 2016.”

 

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Tom is a grassroots activist who distinguished himself as one of the top conservative bloggers in Florida before joining BizPac Review.

  • http://Bizpac Ted

    Rubio and Cruz. How much better can it get for the Democrats? Rubio, the empty suit and Cruz the crazy suit. Keep them comments coming. The more the better. Two Aikens in the making. Just wait. People like this are the reason the GOP is and will continue to suck dirt. Youse guys are doing it to yourselves. Why? Why? Why. It's almost pathetic. Funny and sad at the same time. Like one of those sad clown routines. On second thought, it a sad clown routine. I know smart GOP'ers, I count some of them as my friends, Where are they? Hey, are youse guys really closet Democrats? Just saying…

    • JJ

      I'll take my chance with two guys who have private sector work experience…and nothing can beat Obama/Biden as a clown act….the results speak for themselves…we'll see how funny this all is in about four more years after another term of national death-wish economic policy…Just saying…

  • Jimmyd

    Where in Cruz's quotes does it say its based in race? Hispanic is not a race Tom T its an ethnicity. Hispanics can be of any race white, black , Asian etc. this new writer needs to do his research.

  • rifraffe

    Notice how the discussion is never about the substance of what these two bright young republicans are saying. Let's talk instead about the form, how a parched Rubio happened to sip water from a bottle (horrors!) or that Tom Tillison mistakenly mischaracterized their ethnicity as a racial distinction.. Big deal. Tillison misspoke? It is easy to make an occasional mis-speak mistake for someone who writes thousands of words a day. So the libs direct the focus on that instead of the important substance of his article. The democrats understand how to play the big game. Keep enough uneducated voters distracted from the truth and stealing an election is a snap. Listen to how Obama is currently orchestrating his "the sky is falling" routine. The truth is the last thing he wants discussed.

  • http://facebook Mary Liz Danuser

    Ted,I hate to pick an arguement with anybody.Neither Cruz or Rubio are in the wrong.On top of this,I'd love to see somebody like Dr.Benjamin Carson to run for president in 2016.Have you heard thisa brilliant speaker?Liz

  • Susan Diesen

    The only stolen election in recent history was the one Bush stole from Gore. The only racism I've ever seen is in the personal attacks on Obama. As far as educated people go I'd really like to see some intelligent remarks come out of the mouths of any tea party candidate. From Palin to Cain to Bachman to O'Donnell to Cruz to Rubio to blah blah blah- where is there an intelligent and truthful remark. All these guys can do is spread fear and hatred of the president. They will self destruct hopefully by 2014.

  • Susan Diesen

    It would be easier to address the substance of the article if there were any substance there.

  • chuck jones

    JJ—Is that why they got RE-elected last year by over 50% of the popular vote?, I see! Wow, we should have more clowns like that, not less.

  • http://Comcast.net Armando S. Fernandez

    Susan Diesen : There is no substance in your statement, speaking as a real liberal democrat, Listen and pay attention to the conservatism substance not the divisionism of the democrat, demoralizing everything!!!!!!Only the Truth will give us the answer!!!!!!!!!

  • http://Bizpac Ted

    The only thing that I pointed out is that these guys will LOSE any election the GOP headlines them with. I personally prefer the glass eyed, ga ga, hero worship that seems to be displayed for these two individuals that will not be the answer. In four years, if Rubio continues to say absolutely nothing and never takes a serious stand on anything, will it be enough to have him be the GOP presidential candidate? If so, I say "thanks". Whoever is the Democratic candidate will literally eat his lunch. He is leaving a trail of evasion on important subjects and that will come back to hang his future political fate. He would be a good subject for one of the "Calvin and Hobbs" fantasy comics. Use your imagination. Just saying…