More rank-and-file Democrats are backing Ted Cruz's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination because "working men and women are getting hammered by the Obama-Clinton economy," the Texas senator told Newsmax TV
"They want to defend our Constitutional liberties," he told "The Hard Line" host Ed Berliner. "We started this discussion talking about religious liberty. Religious liberty is an issue that cuts across."
He noted how Ronald Reagan "drew a line in the sand" on religious liberty during his 1980 campaign, calling it "a fundamental choice."
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"What happened was millions of FDR Democrats, people who have been Democrats for generations — who's fathers and grandfathers have been Democrats — they crossed over because they said, 'those are my values,'" Cruz said.
He told Berliner of what happened when he met a man on a campaign stop in Wyoming on Thursday.
"He shook my hand," Cruz began. "He said, 'You're the first political candidate I've ever contributed to in my life.' He said: 'I've never voted. I'm 30 years old. I've never voted. I'm voting for you.'"
Cruz later added: "What the American people understand is the common-sense values that America was built on. … America is and remains a center-right country. The Judeo-Christian values that built this country remain in the foundation of who we are.
"What are the principles I'm fighting to defend?" he asked Berliner. "Live within your means. Don't bankrupt our kids and grandkids. Follow the Constitution. Those are basic common-sense principles.
"You give me 100 people in any state in the union — it doesn't matter if they're Republicans, Democrats, independents, libertarians — the majority of them are going to agree with those propositions because that's who we are."
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