|Ted Cruz in Brooklyn, NY Photo: CBS NY|
The conservative senator from Texas had made his first stop in New York City on Wednesday in The Bronx and on Thursday afternoon made his stopover in Brooklyn touring through Chabad Neshama Model Matzah Bakery, a matzo-making plant, and then publicly appearing at the Jewish Center of Brighton Beach.
Supporters gathered to meet Cruz, who’s gaining momentum after winning Wisconsin’s primary on Tuesday. Some voiced their preference over Donald Trump, who has been running on a platform against the political establishment in Washington, D.C. but has the upper hand in terms of the number of delegates needed to secure the party’s nomination.
“He’s a constitutional conservative, which is something we’ve been lacking for the past 40 to 45 years,” Eugene Levin, a Cruz supporter, told JP.
When asked why Trump shouldn’t be considered for the nomination, Levin said, “Trump is not a conservative. Trump is not a Republican. Trump is not a Democrat. Trump is not a liberal. Trump’s got no coherent positions.”
Cruz is making the rounds in New York City this week, even though he attacked Trump and several other New York politicians as having “New York values,” in a reference to the city’s tendency for liberal values that includes gun control.
Cruz, Trump and John Kasich are all in the process of campaigning across New York before the state’s April 19 primary election.
Cruz’s delegate count is at 517, compared to Trump’s 743. Kasich has 143 delegates, making his nomination unlikely, because 1,237 are needed to secure the nomination. However, staying in the race suggests that Kasich will be taking his campaign all the way to the July Republican national convention in Cleveland, where the possibility of a brokered convention remains.
“I love Cruz. He loves the constitution. But if Trump becomes the nominee, I’ll support him, too,” said one Brooklyn supporter, who didn’t want to be named. “There is danger all over the world and Cruz seems to be the one who understands that.”