Ted Cruz: I’m Not ‘All That Conservative’

AP

Sen. Ted Cruz is not “all that conservative,” says Sen. Ted Cruz.

The Texas Republican and tea party favorite made the unexpected remarks to Jewish donors in New York City, according to the New York Observer.

He said: “I don’t think I’m all that conservative. And it’s interesting. Reagan never once beat his chest and said ‘I’m the most conservative guy who ever lived.’ Reagan said, ‘I’m defending common sense principles—small businesses, small towns.’”

Cruz also met privately with Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson, whom the Observer reported found the Texan to be “too right wing” and unlikely to win the 2016 presidential nomination, citing an anonymous source.

[h/t Tim Mak]

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