Clinton/Sanders debate ahead of New York Primary, Cruz speaks favorably of Marco Rubio as potential vice president

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-lifers Sen. Ted Cruz (left) and Sen. Marco Rubio

Pro-lifers Sen. Ted Cruz (left) and Sen. Marco Rubio

Tonight pro-abortionists Hillary Clinton and Democratic Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders will have at it in what is widely expected to be a heated back and forth debate in Brooklyn moderated by CNN.

The debate comes five days before the New York presidential primary in which Clinton has a 10+ point lead, according to the polls.

But before a few words about tonight’s bruiser [including NARAL’s insistence, yet again, that the candidates talk about abortion], Ted Cruz broadly hinted yesterday in a CNN Town Hall meeting that former rival, Sen. Marco Rubio, might be in play as his choice for vice president, should Cruz win the GOP presidential nomination. Here’s the relevant exchange with CNN’s Anderson Cooper:

COOPER: Marco Rubio just yesterday said that he hopes, quote, they’ll nominate a conservative and that the only one that fits that criteria is you. Is there a chance we could see a Cruz-Rubio unity ticket? Realistically, the two of you could cut a deal in which basically he gives you his delegates.

T. CRUZ: Well, listen, I think very, very highly of Marco. I appreciated those very kind comments he made. I’ll tell you, he is an amazing communicator. He’s one of the best communicators in the Republican Party. And he ran a campaign that inspired millions across this country. It inspired me. When he ran for Senate in 2010, his underdog race in Florida inspired me. It was one of the inspirations that led me to run two years later in Texas. So I think the world of Marco. And I very much appreciate it.

COOPER: Is that really true? Because you guys had tough words, I mean, during the campaign. Is that just part of how it works?

T. CRUZ: It’s a campaign. He was trying to beat me; I was trying to beat him. That’s what happens in a campaign. I can tell you, I consider Marco a friend. He’s someone…

COOPER: Could you see a Cruz-Rubio ticket?

T. CRUZ: Look, anyone would naturally look at Marco as one of the people who would be a terrific person to consider for VP. And we’re in the process now of considering a number of different options.

COOPER: You’re not ruling it out?

T. CRUZ: He would be someone that you would be a fool not to look at seriously. He’s very, very talented.

Currently, the best estimates are that front runner Donald Trump has 758 delegates, Cruz 545, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 143. Sen. Rubio won 171 delegates before dropping out.

CNN posted a story today under the headline, “What to watch at CNN’s key Clinton-Sanders debate in New York.”  In broadstrokes, they anticipate a “feisty” debate in which the candidates will spar over who is the real New Yorker and which special interests are the worst.

The other interesting issue is “Will Obama’s admission haunt Clinton?” Obama recently said (in CNN’s paraphrase) that his worst mistake was that “his administration wasn’t adequately prepared to handle the fall of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.” Clinton, of course, was Obama’s Secretary of State at the time and a “key actor,” to quote CNN’s MJ Lee and Chris Moody.

So why is NARAL whining yet again, calling on CNN moderator Wolf Blitzer to “get the candidates to debate reproductive freedom on a national stage for the very first time.”

That’s true but misleading. True, they have not debated abortion but in separate segments in a Town Hall meeting Fox held in Detroit, each gave answers that to even the zaniest pro-abortion militant (except the likes of NARAL) would be a “10.”

NARAL’s real objective, of course, is to get Blitzer to bring up Trump’s deeply unfortunate remark last month that women who’ve aborted should be “punished.” (MSNBC’s Chris Mathews raised the question, if abortion were illegal, how would Trump ban it.)

Trump reversed himself hours later and revisited his answer a couple of more times but the damage was done. NARAL wants CNN to lop a softball question on abortion that Clinton and Sanders can hit out of the park.

Even though the Abortion Establishment is supporting Clinton, in truth none of them worry that Sanders wouldn’t be pro-abortion enough. He’s almost as far out to sea as Clinton is.

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