Cruz On GOP Challenger To Sen. Warner: ‘I Like Ed Gillespie’

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January 17, 2014 3:16 p.m.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) isn’t getting too close to Virginia Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie.

“I like Ed Gillespie, he is a friend of mine, he’s a good man,” Cruz told The Hill in a recent interview. But Cruz stopped short of an endorsement. “That’s ultimately a decision for the voters of Virginia.”

When asked, Cruz refused to say whether Gillespie’s candidacy could unite the Virginia GOP. Instead the junior senator from Texas started criticizing Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), who Gillespie is challenging.

“I can tell you Mark Warner is not listening to millions of Virginians who are hurting under the Obama economic agenda,” Cruz said. “Mark Warner is not listening to millions of Virginians who lost their job, lost their health insurance, have been forced into part-time work.”

Gillespie jumped into the Virginia Senate race on Thursday.

Cruz has publicly said he plans to stay out of Republican primary fights but he has on occasion given something of a nod to certain conservative candidates. Recently he described the tea party challenger to Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) “utterly fearless,” a description he tends to use on allies.

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