Ted Cruz, progressive hero?
Ted Cruz, progressive hero? Texan defies hard-liner image with AOC cooperation and more
Something's changed about Ted Cruz – and it’s not just the beard.
First, there was the common ground with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Then, there was the push for people to donate supplies to detained migrants at the border. Then, Cruz called out Tennessee for honoring a Confederate Army general with an ugly past.
Is the senator from Texas – the unapologetic conservative who ran for president in 2016 saying Republicans win by painting “in bold colors, not pale pastels”– making a conscious effort to expand his appeal beyond conservatives?
“I do think it’s intentional,” said Brendan Steinhauser, a Republican consultant based in Austin who was active in the Tea Party movement.
Steinhauser said he thinks Cruz has “always believed in” these ideas and isn’t changing his stances, but is choosing to highlight them now because “he understands, like we all understand, that Texas is changing.” Cruz in 2018 faced a closer-than-expected re-election fight in Texas from then-Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who lost by just 2 points. Democrats are determined to eventually flip the state blue.
For his part, Cruz says advocating these positions is nothing new for him.
21st July 2019