Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) praised Donald Trump’s performance at the first presidential debate in an interview with Hugh Hewitt on Tuesday morning. Cruz also offered to help Trump prepare for future debates.
“I thought Donald had the strongest debate performance he’s had in this election cycle,” Cruz said on Hewitt’s nationally syndicated morning radio program. “I think he really went after Hillary, which was a good thing. And I think he drew strong contrast, particularly on taxes, and on regulation and on law and order, and on the disastrous Iran deal. And so I thought it was a good debate night.”
“Anyone who is swooning at Hillary’s performance last night, that’s a pretty good indication that you’re a card-carrying member of the liberal media, especially in the first half hour. I think Donald very much had the upper hand over Hillary. Hillary was tentative and had no real answers. She was on the defensive the entire time,” Cruz said.
Cruz said he would be “happy to help” the Trump campaign with debate prep, saying he will do whatever is needed to defeat Clinton.
“I am happy to help,” he said. “I have conveyed that to them. I will do whatever I can to defeat Hillary Clinton. My heavy focus this cycle, in addition to defeating Hillary, is on preserving a Republican majority in the Senate, and I am working hard to help my colleagues get reelected.”
Full transcript of the interview, via the Hugh Hewitt show:
HUGH HEWITT: Joined now by United States Senator Ted Cruz from the great state of Texas. He made news a couple of days ago by endorsing Donald Trump. He made more news last night with an assessment of the debate on Facebook. Senator Cruz, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show.
SENATOR TED CRUZ: Hugh, it’s good to be with you. Thank you for having me.
HH: Thank you for being here. Tell me what you saw last night.
TC: Well, last night, I thought it was a very strong debate. I thought Hillary did not have a good performance. I think throughout the night, she was tired, she was formulaic. The entire