Unlike his fellow Republican presidential candidates, Senator Ted Cruz refused to repudiate Donald Trump for disparaging Senator John McCain’s war record on Saturday.
“They’re running their own campaigns, they can make their decisions, I’m not going to go into the gutter with personal attacks impugning character,” Cruz said in an interview with Bloomberg Politics at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa late Saturday afternoon.
Trump sparked an uproar among Republicans when he said McCain, who spent more than five years as a prisoner in Northern Vietnam in during the Vietnam war, is “not a war hero.”
“He was a war hero because he was captured,” Trump said during a Q&A session. “I like people who weren’t captured.”
When asked if he is staying mum for political reasons, namely to pick up some of Trump’s support should he drop out of the race, Cruz said he has used the same approach with his competitors before.
“There have been other candidates in this race who’ve attacked me—Chris Christie and Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee—I praise them all,” the Texas senator said.
Source: Bloomberg |