Sen. Ted Cruz talked about the possibility of Donald Trump doing “everything he can to encourage riots” if Mr. Cruz wins the nomination at a contested Republican convention in Cleveland. Cruz was speaking to John Dickerson of CBS’ Face The Nation. Asked if he was worried about the possibility of violence if he were to “overthrow” Trump with delegates at the convention, Cruz denied that there would be violence.
“No, it won’t, although Donald may do everything he can to encourage riots,” he said. “You know, overthrow is such a loaded spin word as … to bring nothing but chuckles.”
— CBS News Politics (@CBSPolitics) May 1, 2016
Cruz also touched upon his decision to announce Carly Fiorina as his vice-presidential running mate. The surprise announcement was meant to highlight the differences between himself and Trump, Cruz said.
“One of the reasons this week that I announced Carly Fiorina as my vice presidential nominee is to provide a clear choice, a clear contrast to the voters,” he said. “And I think there couldn’t be a clearer choice between Carly and me on the one side, running on issues, running on substance, running on jobs and freedom and security and protecting the American people. Versus Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on the other side.”
Cruz also attacked Trump as insufficiently conservative, and said it would be a mistake to nominate another “big government, rich New York liberal” like Trump or Hillary Clinton.
Cruz further reinforced his argument about Hillary and Donald both being liberals by talking about Planned Parenthood: “Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton agree they think Planned Parenthood is wonderful. They both support taxpayer funding for it. I disagree with them on that.” And Cruz also tied Hillary and Trump together on guns with saying: “They both supported Bill Clinton’s law banning many of the most popular firearms in America. I disagree with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on that.”
On recent comments of former House Speaker John Boehner referring to Cruz as “Lucifer in the flesh,” Cruz said: “I saw Boehner’s comments. I kind of wondered if Boehner was auditioning to be Donald Trump’s vice president.” You know, a Trump-Boehner ticket would really say the Washington cartel in all its force.”