Cruz: Wall Street Journal Should Change Name To "The Marco Rubio For President Newspaper"

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JOE SCARBOROUGH: So you've also drawn attention from The Wall Street Journal editorial page; obviously the voice of conservatism for a lot of people.

No, they wrote this about you.

"Mr. Cruz is Syrian NSA gambit seem intended to signal to Rand Paul and Donald Trump supporters that he should be their number two choice. Perhaps it'll work as primary politics. But the positions and the opportunism don’t speak well of his judgment as a potential commander in chief."

And of course in New Hampshire, union leader also a very conservative paper slammed you as well for your foreign policy.

SENATOR TED CRUZ: Listen, Joe, there is no one no conservatives in America who think "The Wall Street Journal" is the voice of conservatism. As I talked about in my book, as you know, I wrote a book this summer called "A Time for Truth." The opening chapter talks about how the Washington cartel, the career politicians in both parties, who get in bed with the lobbyists and special interests, how they work, and the way Republican leadership punishes anyone who stands up to the cartel is they engage in public flagellation -- as I describe in that opening chapter, "Mendacity," the most potent tool they have is "The Wall Street Journal" editorial board. And anytime Republican leadership is mad at you -- with me, that's quite often -- you can set a stop watch and within 72 hours, "The Journal" hits you and they usually hit you twice. And "The Journal" -- listen, "The Journal's" hobbyhorse is they love amnesty. They are focused obsessively on amnesty.

And so "The Journal" is supporting Marco Rubio. They're not explicitly --

SCARBOROUGH: -- was going to ask, is Marco Rubio soft on immigration?

(CROSSTALK)

CRUZ: For the next three months, "The Journal" should change their header to the Marco Rubio for President Newspaper, because their attacks -- and it's going to keep coming because Marco fights for the principles they care about. Marco joined with Chuck Schumer --

SCARBOROUGH: Does that include amnesty?

CRUZ: Yes. Look, let's rewind. When Marco ran for Senate in Florida, he told the men and women of Florida, just like I told the men and women of Texas, if you elect me, I'll lead the fight against amnesty.

Now listen, some of your viewers may not agree with that. But both of us told the voters, that's what we would do. When we got to Washington, we made different choices. He made the choice to stand with Chuck Schumer and Barack Obama, not only not lead the fight against amnesty but offer a massive amnesty bill that, among other things -- you want to talk about national security, the Rubio-Schumer amnesty bill would have dramatically expanded President Obama's authority to admit Syrian refugees with no background checks whatsoever. Now that is a serious threat to our national security.

On the other hand, I made the decision to stand with Jeff Sessions and Steve King and to lead the fight against amnesty and we defeated it in Congress. We both decided to do different things. I honored the promises that I made to the men and women who elected me and Marco did not.

And one of the reasons interestingly that so many Democrats are telling me they're supporting me, even if they may not agree with me on everything, is they say, look, you're doing what you said you would do. So when you tell us you will defeat ISIS when you tell us you'll stand with Israel when you tell us you'll keep us safe, when you tell us you'll protect our constitutional rights, when you tell us you'll take on cronyism in Washington and corporate welfare, when you tell us you'll push tax reform and reg reform and have economic growth, we believe you will do what you said you would do. And I think that's what we need if we're going to turn the country around.

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