Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Sunday defended his comments from last month accusing the media of being “obsessed with sex” after he was asked whether he had problem with gay people.
The remark in question came during a confrontation with a local reporter in Beaumont, Texas on May 19, after the journalist repeatedly asked the candidate about his stance on gay rights.
“Is there something about the left — and I am going to put the media in this category — that is obsessed with sex?” Cruz responded.
Speaking with Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz on Sunday, Cruz said that the reporter had specifically asked if he had an “animosity” toward gay people, and explained why he didn’t simply deny it.
“There is a reason for answering as I did,” he told Kurtz.
“There’s a trap in politics that when someone denies something — when Nixon says ‘I am not a crook,’ everyone says, ‘he’s a crook,'” Cruz continued.
“I wasn’t going to give him that attack headline,” Cruz said. “That question was designed to get me to deny it, so then he could run as the headline, ‘hahaha,’ he denies this.”
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