During a stop in Myrtle Beach on Wednesday, Ted Cruz suggested Donald Trump’s easy win over more moderate Republicans in New Hampshire shows the Texas senator is the only Republican presidential candidate who can beat Trump.
Cruz told reporters that Iowa showed he can beat Trump and insisted he can do so again in South Carolina if split voters gather behind him. “If you don’t believe Donald is the right person to be the Republican nominee,” he told reporters in a brief media availability Wednesday. “If you don’t believe he’s the right person to go head-to-head with Hillary Clinton, if you don’t think he’s the right person to be commander-in-chief, what we’re seeing is conservatives uniting behind our campaign.”
He made the remarks shortly before speaking at the Ground Zero youth club.
South Carolina voters have consistently favored Trump in polls, usually by double-digits, although no major polling has been released of Republicans here since January. Cruz is hoping for support among undecided conservative southerners by portraying Trump as a man who has previously supported Democratic positions on healthcare and eminent domain.
“The only way to beat Donald Trump is to highlight the simple truth of his record: it is not conservative,” he said. “If you want a proven conservative, then don’t listen to campaign rhetoric. Ask who has walked the walk.”
The Texas senator had been planning to travel to Spartanburg for an event this evening. However, he instead had to return to Washington for a Senate vote. His wife Heidi Cruz will still appear at the Summit Pointe Convention Center around 5 p.m. Sen. Cruz will return to South Carolina on Thursday, when he appears at the Carolina Values Summit at Winthrop University in Rock Hill. He also plans to appear in a rally with radio host Glenn Beck Thursday evening at a Fort Mill church.