Hillary Vs. Ted: Cruz Reportedly Likes Nickelback
To say Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has had an interesting two months on the campaign trail is a bit of an understatement. From a personal feud with Donald Trump to fighting off allegations from the National Enquirer about alleged sexual affairs, Cruz is now being trolled by a pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC.
The YouTube-based battle began on Thursday, when the Cruz campaign released a two-and-a-half-minute-long video showing a Clinton war room drooling over the prospect of taking down Donald Trump in a general election. The Clinton team then freaks out at the thought of running against Cruz.
Although childish, the video was well executed, from the Clinton look-alike to the actors portraying her top advisers, Huma Abedin, Robby Mook, and John Podesta.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 21, 2016
Clinton’s campaign didn’t respond to the video directly, but pro-Clinton super PAC Priorities USA did with a low-budget, Star Wars-themed video mocking Cruz. The video “How to Stop Ted Cruz,” which was released the very next day, listed off random things about Cruz such as his hatred for avocados and his rumored Nickelback fandom.
Despite the silly video spat, Ted Cruz collected the majority of Maine’s Republican delegates during the state’s GOP convention Saturday.
Cruz collected 19 of the 20 spots, with the 20th spot going to Maine Gov. Paul LePage, who’s supporting GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, reports CNN.
“It’s no surprise Gov. LePage stands with Donald Trump, he endorsed Donald Trump,” said Alice Stewart, communications director for Ted Cruz for President, in a statement. “And Ted Cruz stands with the grassroots, who made our caucus victory in Maine possible. Cruz will always defend the interests of the people who elected him over the will of establishment politicians.”
Cruz’s campaign is doing everything it can to prevent Trump from winning the 1,237 he needs to win the nomination outright. But even with Saturday’s developments, both Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich need to win more delegates than are available in the remaining primary contests to win the GOP nomination on the first ballot.
Trump chimed in on Cruz’s chances of actually winning the election, claiming that the Democrats would sue him on the basis that he is not a naturalized citizen.
“The first thing the Democrats are going to do is sue him on the basis that he’s not a naturalized citizen, he wasn’t born in the country,” Trump said at a rally in Connecticut, which holds its primaries on Tuesday, Politico reported.
This isn’t the first time Trump has warned that Democrats could file a lawsuit against Cruz if he wins the nomination. He has also threatened to sue Cruz himself because the Texas senator is not a “natural born citizen.”
If @TedCruz doesn’t clean up his act, stop cheating, & doing negative ads, I have standing to sue him for not being a natural born citizen.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2016
Legal experts confirmed that a rival candidate could have legal standing to sue Cruz, but it’s not clear how the court would handle the claim.
Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada, but his mother was an American citizen. He had dual citizenship until he renounced his Canadian citizenship in 2014. Cruz has dismissed the criticism during the campaign, maintaining he is eligible to be president.
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