Presidential campaign snapshots for Monday, April 18
Cruz says his ‘New York values’ comments were from Trump
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz says his controversial criticism of “New York values” was a comment that originated from his rival Donald Trump in an interview on partial birth abortion.
In a town hall-style interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Monday, Cruz said that the comments by Trump, a native New Yorker, echoed the “left-wing democratic policies” that have dominated New York policies.
“I was repeating Donald’s own phrasing,” Cruz said.
“The people of New York, the folks here, y’all have suffered under the left wing democratic policies year after year after year,” Cruz said. “Heidi and I we are fighting for you, we are fighting for you.”
Cruz also criticized New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, claiming that they have deprived New Yorkers of jobs and a decent education, by banning fracking and closing charter schools in lower income neighborhoods.
New Yorkers will head to the polls Tuesday to vote in their crucial presidential primary.
Sanders backs bill to let 9/11 families sue Saudi Arabia
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is backing legislation that would let Americans sue Saudi Arabia over the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The bill is opposed by the Obama administration. But’s important to families of 9/11 victims, some of whom believe Saudi officials played some part in the attacks.
Sanders spoke in favor of the legislation Monday on NBC’s “Today Show” on the eve of the New York presidential primary. He says it’s important to have a full understanding of the “the possible role of the Saudi government in 9/11.”
U.S. inquiries have not reported a link between the Saudi government or its senior officials and the attacks. But Sanders notes that some conclusions remain classified.
Sanders says Saudi Arabia promotes an extreme and “very destructive” version of Islam.
Fifteen of the 19 hijackers in the September 2001 attacks, which destroyed the World Trade Center and killed thousands, were citizens of Saudi Arabia.
Women, minority Trump supporters say he’s not a bigot
A group of Donald Trump’s minority and women voters say they don’t believe he is bigoted and are serving as his “eyes and ears on the ground.”
The group, which calls itself the National Diversity Coalition for Trump, met briefly with the GOP front-runner at Trump Tower in Manhattan on the eve of the New York primary.
Darrell Scott, a pastor who is head of the group, said its members have “disdain for certain characterizations of Mr. Trump as bigoted, xenophobic, racist demagogue that we know to be untrue.”