Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) Republican candidate for President has been fending off accusations of “lying” and his credibility has come into question. Wednesday night, CNN hosted a town hall event for the Republican candidates, Senator Marco Rubio, (R-FL), Dr. Ben Carson and Cruz spoke about the campaign thus far. The second town hall, Thursday will include Donald Trump, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and Ohio Governor John Kasich. Trump participated in a separate town hall hosted by MSNBC also.
First up in the town hall was Dr. Carson. The first discussion was on how or who should nominate the next Supreme Court Justice after the death of Justice Scalia. Carson said that “The litmus test would be their lives, what kind of rulings they’ve had throughout their lives, what kind of associations they’ve had.” Another subject that Carson touched on was whether the government should be helping needy families. He said, “it’s not the government’s job” to help them. Instead, he thought people should turn to volunteers and charity like “the old days of America. “Somebody got killed by a bear, everybody took care of their family,” he said. “So we have a history taking care of each other.”
Rubio was next and he spoke about race in America. Rubio stressed that Americans must take it seriously that African-Americans say that they face unequal treatment from the police in their communities. “If a significant percentage of the American family frankly believes that they are being treated differently than everyone else we have a problem and we have to address it as a society and a country,” he said. Rubio also spoke about his own feelings of discrimination. Rubio said he was taunted as a child in Las Vegas for his Cuban heritage during the 1980 Mariel boatlift, in which thousands of Cuban refugees left for the United States. “I never saw that as a reflection on America, I saw it as a reflection on those kids,” Rubio said.
Once again Rubio took a page from front runner Donald Trump and strongly called his rival, Senator Cruz at “liar.” Rubio has said that Cruz is misrepresenting Rubio’s past voting record when comes to immigration. Rubio went even further and accused Cruz of being involved with a Facebook post that claimed that Rep. Trey Gowdy had withdrawn his endorsement of Rubio and backed Cruz. Cruz has denied any involvement and condemned the post.
For Cruz the town hall was about his credibility and honesty. The candidate that espouses his Christianity, it has become increasing difficult to say he has not played dirty in this campaign. Cruz said, “If they want to engage in personal insults, if they want to go into the mud, I will not say the same thing about them.” About his ongoing war of words with Trump, Cruz said, “it is quite literally the most ridiculous theory I’ve ever heard that telling the voters what Donald Trump’s actual record is deceitful and lying,” Cruz was speaking about the lawsuit that Trump has threatened to file if Cruz does not remove a campaign ad which shows Trump declaring himself pro-choice.
Thursday night, Trump will appear in the CNN town hall, which will give Trump a chance to answer his critics’ responses regarding his campaign.