If the Republican Party doesn’t want bombastic billionaire and reality TV actor Donald Trump as their presidential nominee, then the way to defeat him won’t be with a candidate who supports amnesty for illegal aliens, according to constitutional conservative Ted Cruz .
Appearing on ABC News ‘This Week” with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, Cruz took an obvious shot at lifelong supporter of amnesty, Marco Rubio , asserting that Trump, whose strongest issue is stopping illegal immigration, cannot be defeated by Rubio, whose Achilles heel is his leadership in the now infamous “Gang of Eight” and the Rubio-Schumer Amnesty Bill.
Cruz told Stephanopoulos that the only way to defeat the real estate mogul is with a “strong, proven, constitutional conservative.”
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: “You say that, but more than 70 percent of the voters in the primary yesterday were born again or Evangelical Christians, your base, but Trump won them over. So how do you explain that? And doesn’t it bode ill for you on Super Tuesday?”
TED CRUZ: “Well, listen, Donald Trump has proven to be a formidable candidate. But one of the things the first three states have shown is that there is only one campaign that has beaten or can beat Donald Trump. You know, 70 percent of people across this country, 70 percent of Republicans, don’t believe Donald Trump is the right candidate to go head-to-head with Hillary Clinton and beat her in November. And one of the things we’re seeing coming out of last night is people across this country are recognizing, OK, if we want to beat Trump, Cruz is the only one who can do it. He’s the only one who has done it.
And part of the reason is, George, you cannot beat Trump coming from the left. You cannot beat Trump with a candidate who supports amnesty, it doesn’t work. If you come at the left to Trump you will lose.
The only way to beat Trump is with a strong, proven, constitutional conservative. That’s why we’ve had 980,000 contributions at TedCruz.org, because people across the country are saying, look, we need to actually have a real conservative. And I think South Carolina will only accelerate that process.”
Cruz said that he was pleased with his virtual tie for second place with Marco Rubio, considering the “millions and millions of dollars of attack ads” from all sides.
Cruz also made the case that the reason Donald Trump “devotes all of his time and energy” to attacking him is because Trump doesn’t see Rubio as much of a threat to him.
Additionally, Cruz pointed out that Marco Rubio also spends “all of his time and energy” attacking him as well and that “for whatever reason he won’t take on Donald Trump.”
Immediately following the South Carolina results, Jeb Bush announced that he was dropping out of the race. Shockingly, Dr. Ben Carson, who came in dead last, announced that he is staying in the race for the long haul.