Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who announced his candidacy on Monday for the 2016 presidential campaign, may already be facing a significant obstacle to his campaign due to the tendency of his father to make inflammatory comments.
According to MSNBC
, Rafael Cruz could be a liability for the 44-year-old tea party favorite. Among his more controversial comments, he told a conservative gathering in April 2013 that Obama should "go back to Kenya."
Cruz tried to dismiss the comments, calling them a joke, but the elder Cruz, an evangelical minister, has also made controversial remarks on other occasions.
In February 2013
, he told an audience of conservatives that black voters were "uninformed" and had been "deceived" by Democrats into thinking that the party was the best choice in representing their interests.
"All the civil rights that the African-Americans have obtained have come from Republicans," Rafael Cruz said at the time.
Ted Cruz's aides issued a statement attempting to distance the senator from the comments, saying "Pastor Cruz
does not speak for the Senator," but his pattern of attacking liberals could ultimately come back to haunt the Cruz presidential campaign, MSNBC said.
In the last four years, Rafael Cruz has suggested gay marriage is a government conspiracy, that Obama is pro-murder and resembles Fidel Castro, and that the American media is serving as a "ministry of information" attempting to damage the country, MSNBC noted.
He also recently told an audience in Kansas that if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
gets elected as president "this country will be destroyed."
MSNBC said Rafael Cruz's incendiary comments could court controversy in the way that Obama's former pastor Jeremiah Wright's anti-American statements caused grief for the president, particularly given that Rafael Cruz has campaigned alongside his son.
"Only time will tell if the Texas lawmaker will have to start answering for a man who once claimed the Bible 'tells you exactly who to vote for,' " MSNBC said.
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