In what could be a Freudian slip, Heidi Cruz said at a campaign rally in Indiana that her husband Ted Cruz is an immigrant. In saying about her husband that “Ted is an immigrant. He is Hispanic,” Ms. Cruz may have chosen the wrong time and place. In the brutal fight for the Republican nomination, the front runner is immigrant-bashing Trump whose anti-immigrant rhetoric does not appear to have caused him irreparable harm so far in the primary battle. Showing their immigrant-friendly sides may do candidate Trump or candidate Cruz a world of good — but only in the general election campaign. The primary season is about candidate Cruz accusing Trump of not being conservative enough, as Cruz repeated in this week’s CBS Face The Nation interview.
Ted Cruz was born in Canada and Heidi probably meant that Ted was the son of an immigrant father. The Cruz campaign has clarified that Mrs. Cruz misspoke. “As she has in numerous speeches over and over, Heidi was referring to Ted as being the son of an immigrant,” a spokeswoman said. “That is a story she shares repeatedly on the campaign trail. It is an integral part of his background and personal story, one which resonates with the millions of Americans who share a similar background, and that gives hope to those struggling to climb the economic ladder.”
The Ted Cruz campaign needs to stay on message above all at a time when his only opponent is close to pocketing the nomination outright with an unassailable delegates lead. While Cruz gained the unenviable distinction of being described as “Lucifer in the flesh” by the former House Speaker John Boehner, he has tried to differentiate himself with the rather unusual decision to name a running mate in a hypothetical general election campaign.