Ted Cruz: “I Have Zero Interest in Being Donald Trump’s VP, If He’s the Nominee Hillary Wins”

National   Steven Ertelt   Apr 19, 2016   |   3:44PM    Washington, DC

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said in a recent interview that, in no uncertain terms, he will not be Donald Trump’s running mate. The pro-life Texas senator said Trump will lose to pro-abortion Hillary Clinton if the businessman becomes the nominee.

STEPHANOPOULOS: “Back now with our coffee with the candidates town hall. Sentaor Ted Cruz his wife Heidi and Amy, is over here, you got a question from Instagram?”

ROBACH: “That’s right, I do. This one comes to us from Bonnie Pointer, an undecided voter from California. Take a look.”

POINTER: “Hi, Senator Cruz, my name is Bonnie and I’m a grandmother of three from California. My question to you is, would you accept being Donald Trump’s vice president?”

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CRUZ: “Well, Bonnie, thank you for that question. Let me just answer very simply, I have zero interest whatsoever in doing that. (Applause) And there are a lot of reasons, but perhaps the simplest is, if Donald is the nominee, Hillary wins, Hillary wins by double digits and I don’t think there’s anything we can do to change that. And — and the stakes are so high. That’s why nationwide, 65 to 70 percent of Republicans recognize Donald Trump loses to Hillary, that’s why we’re seeing Republicans uniting behind our campaign, it’s why out of the 17 Republican candidates who started this race, five of them are supporting our campaign. We’ve been supported now by Rick Perry, by Lindsey Graham, by Jeb Bush, by Scott Walker, by Carly Fiorina. Now, all of us started out as opponents. We’ve come together and united because we’ve got to win and if Donald’s the nominee, he loses, if I’m the nominee, I beat Hillary Clinton. We’re beating her in key swing states, we’re beating her with independents, we’re beating her with young people, and we got to win. We can’t do another four or eight more years on the road we’re on right now.” (Applause)

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