Feb. 1—the night of the Iowa Caucuses—seems like "forever ago," but the campaigns of Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz set the stage that night for what was to come during the Republican presidential primary race.
So in a way, it all came back to where it started Thursday when the Texas senator stepped off "Trump Force Two" with GOP vice presidential nominee Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for a joint campaign appearance in the Hawkeye State. They also campaigned together in Michigan later in the day.
During the Iowa stop, they focused on issues that Cruz championed for the first several months of the campaign, leading up to his victory in the first-in-the-nation Iowa Caucuses. He said:
If you care about the Constitution and Bill of Rights, if you care about free speech and religious liberty and the Second Amendment, then this election—putting a Republican in the White House and keeping a Republican Senate—is the whole enchilada. We are one liberal Justice away from losing our constitutional rights.
After the event, with the liberal mainstream media trying to make create a narrative of "division in the ranks" of the GOP, Cruz put the matter to bed with the following statement:
I'm here campaigning for Donald Trump, for Mike Pence.
I recognize some of you guys are wanting to write stories suggesting divisions among Republicans. I'll make a point, I'm getting ready to get on a gigantic airplane that has Donald Trump's name painted on the side of it.
On Monday of this week I voted for Donald Trump. I voted for Mike Pence and I'll tell you, we're just a few days away from Election Day and I'm doing everything I can to defeat Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton would be an absolute disaster as president. I'm doing everything I can to keep a Republican majority in the Senate.
As Mike pointed out, I think there are many issues front and center in this election, but none is more important than the U.S. Supreme Court.
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