Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday hit back at Mitt Romney after the former Republican presidential nominee criticized Cruz for his comment that by agreeing to the nuclear deal with Iran, President Obama is the “leading financier of radical Islamic terrorism.”
Romney published a tweet on Thursday morning saying that Cruz’s comment was “way over the line.”
During a radio interview with the “Chad Hasty Show” on KFYO in Lubbock, Texas, Cruz came out swinging, defending his comments about Obama and criticizing Romney for failing to call out Obama when necessary.
“So Mitt Romney’s tweet today said, ‘Gosh, this rhetoric is not helpful,'” Cruz said on KFYO. “John Adams famously said, ‘Facts are stubborn things.’ Describing the actual facts is not using rhetoric; it is called speaking the truth.”
“Part of the reason Mitt Romney got clobbered by Barack Obama is because we all remember that third debate where Barack Obama turned to Mitt and said, ‘I said the Benghazi attack was terrorism and no one is more upset by Benghazi than I am.’ And Mitt, I guess listening to his own advice, said, ‘Well gosh, I don’t want to use any rhetoric. So OK, never mind. I’ll just kind of rearrange the pencil on the podium here,'” he continued.
Cruz said that if Republicans “don’t want to speak the truth,” the party loses.
Listen to part of Cruz’s interview via KFYO: