Ted Cruz: “Nominating Donald Trump Will End Up Electing Hillary Clinton”

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 29, 2016   |   12:16PM   |   Washington, DC

With Super Tuesday tomorrow, the battle line within the republican Party have been drawn between the #AlwaysTrump and #NeverTrump voters. Ted Cruz, in a new interview, is echoing some of the concerns of the pro-life Republican voters who are reading the latest polling data and seeing that a Trump nomination would more likely yield a President Hillary Clinton than nominating either pr-life Senator Marco Rubio or Cruz.

STEPHANOPOULOS: “You know, elected officials are in — Republicans are getting increasingly nervous and — and some are even calling on you — Representative Franks from Arkansas, from — from Arizona, excuse me — to join forces with Senator Rubio in a joint ticket. Here’s what he had to say, ‘Senator Rubio and Senator criticize can unite and win together or remain apart and each fail separately. For the sake of our country, the conservative cause and future generations, I adjure both Senator Clinton and Senator Rubio to unite.”

CRUZ: “Well, listen, I agree with the sentiment that — that to beat Donald Trump, we’ve got to come together. What Donald wants is — is all of us who are — who are convinced Donald is not the right nominee to be divided, to be splintered. And — and looking at this race, only one candidate has beaten Donald Trump. Historically, in modern times, nobody has ever won the nomination who hasn’t won one of the first three states — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina. Only two of us have done that, me and Donald.

And if you look at Super Tuesday, we’re the only campaign in a position to beat Donald on Super Tuesday. So if you’re at home and — and you don’t think Donald is the right candidate, you think nominating Donald will end up electing Hillary Clinton, then even if, perhaps, you — you look another candidate — listen, there are a lot of good people in this race who I like and respect, but I would encourage you to stand with us, because the only way to beat Donald is for us to stand together on Super Tuesday.”

The polling averages at Real Clear Politics have Hillary Clinton beating Trump by about 3 percent while Marco Rubio leads Clinton by almost 5 percent and Cruz by 1 percent.

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