NEW YORK (AP) — Ted Cruz’s attempt to upset native son Donald Trump in the Empire State primary has so far turned on three words: “New York values.”
Cruz’s use of that phrase as a putdown in a GOP debate in January has hung around his neck like an anchor, particularly in New York City, where’s he’s been skewered in the tabloids and repeatedly heckled at campaign events.
But Cruz is forging ahead in his quest to pick up delegates, insisting that he was criticizing the liberal policies often synonymous with New York and not the state itself.
Trump has seized upon the phrase as an attack on the firefighters and police who worked heroically during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The New York primary is next Tuesday.