Super Tuesday has been a turning point in many elections --- and it can be for Ted Cruz. He has a promising lead in polls from his home state of Texas and is within the margin of error in a few others. Cruz joined The Glenn Beck Program Tuesday morning to answer a few questions posed by Glenn.
GLENN: Let's talk about your path to victory. People say you just can't win. Can you talk about your path to victory?
CRUZ: Well, sure. If you look at the race right now, the first four primaries, what they historically do is they narrow the field. Remember, we started with 17 candidates. We're down effectively do three candidates who have anything resembling a viable path. Right now, Donald Trump is quite strong. He's got a lot of momentum. But the only campaign that has beaten Donald Trump and that I believe can beat Donald Trump is our campaign. We beat him and we beat him resoundingly in Iowa.
And today, on Super Tuesday, I think Super Tuesday is the most important day of the entire primary season. In my home state of Texas, we're very strong here. The numbers are very encouraging. I think we are likely to win in Texas today. And we are running neck-and-neck in Super Tuesday states all across the country. We are effectively tied or within the margin of error with Donald Trump and Super Tuesday states all around the country.
If you're in a Super Tuesday state, if you are voting today, please come out and vote and bring your friends. Bring your family. It's all about turnout. This race, state by state, could come down to a few thousand or even a few hundred votes. Your vote makes a difference. Your friends' and families' votes make a difference.
I think what's going to happen at the end of the day, Glenn, is Donald Trump is going to have a big chunk of delegates, we're going to have a big chunk of delegates, and everybody else is going to be way, way down at the bottom. That will effectively narrow the field even more.
And when it gets to a two-man race between me and Donald, we win. In fact, we win resoundingly. The polling shows, we beat Donald Trump head-to-head by 16 points: 56 to 40. Because Donald Trump has a hard ceiling of about 35 to 40 percent. What he's benefiting from is a fractured field, having other people, where the vote against him is divided. And so today is absolutely critical to narrowing the field.
GLENN: What is Marco Rubio's path to victory?
CRUZ: Marco is a good guy. He's charming. He's affable. I consider him a friend. He and I have disagreed strongly on immigration when he led the Gang of Eight amnesty bill. Donald Trump funded the Gang of Eight. And I led the opposition to defeating -- the opposition and the successful effort, defeating the Gang of Eight.
But Marco did not does not have a path to beating Donald Trump. Marco has not won a single state. He's zero for four in the first four states. Today on Super Tuesday, Marco is not anticipating winning any state on Super Tuesday. And even his home state of Florida, Marco is right now 20 points down in Florida. In all likelihood, Marco is going to lose Florida, his own home state. And you cannot win a primary, you can't beat Donald Trump if you can't win any states and can't win any delegates. And so the day that matters the most is today, Super Tuesday.
If we're going to stop Donald Trump --- and I think we've got to Donald Trump, if he's our nominee, Hillary wins. And the country --- it is a disaster for the country. The time to stop Donald Trump is today, on Super Tuesday. And, Glenn, it is your listeners, it is everyone listening to this radio show that has the ability to step up and pull this country up from the brink. And it's by coming out and voting today on Super Tuesday, standing united, and getting your friends and families and loved ones and coworkers all to do the same.
GLENN: Will you agree to that and say, if you'rE way behind in the delegate count, behind Marco Rubio tomorrow, that you would drop out?
CRUZ: Listen, I think there is no doubt that if I reached a point where there was no path to victory, where I was way behind in the delegate count and someone else was better positioned to defeat Marco Rubio, my priority is the country. We have got to save the country. And I will do whatever I can to save the country.
I do hope, come Wednesday morning, if there are candidates who have not been able to win a state, who are not amassing the delegates -- it takes 1237 delegates to become the Republican nominee. If you come out of Super Tuesday -- we've got about 600 delegates being allocated -- and you're not winning enough to move the needle, I do think it is time for a candidate to say, "All right. It's not -- it's not working for me. Let's come together and unify."
Because Donald Trump, I believe, would be a manifest disaster. We just had polling come out today that Donald Trump loses and loses badly to Hillary Clinton, loses by ten points. The same polling --- this is CNN --- shows that I beat Hillary head-to-head.
If Donald Trump is the nominee, Hillary Clinton becomes the president. We lose the Supreme Court for a generation. Religious liberty will be taken away by the Supreme Court. The Second Amendment will be erased from the Bill of Rights effectively by the Supreme Court.
GLENN: People in D.C. don't like you, so how can you ever get things done? How can you negotiate?
CRUZ: the people in D.C. don't like me is not that I'm mean to them, it's that I actually have done what I said I would do and stand with the American people. I've said many times the biggest divide in politics is not between Democrats and Republicans; it's between career politicians in Washington in both parties and the American people.
And if you're fed up with politicians in Washington lying to you, cutting deals with the Democrats, Marco Rubio has cut deals with the Democrats to push amnesty. Donald Trump is promising to cut deals with the Democrats to expand government. We need instead a president who stands up to Washington. And I point out, we have a good example, Ronald Reagan. Washington despised Ronald Reagan. Yet Reagan was elected with the support of the people, and it turned Washington around. I intend to do the exact same thing. And with the support of the people -- that's the only way we can break the Washington cartel.
If you have a candidate in this race who Washington likes. That ought to be a big warning sign. If the corrupt politicians in Washington like a candidate in this race, that shows that they're willing to go along and get along. And that's how we've gotten the $19 trillion debt. It's how we're seeing our constitutional rights taken away.
GLENN: Do people like me and voices like me or Mark Levin or anybody that stands against him? Are we in trouble if he becomes president of the United States?
CRUZ: Listen, Donald Trump has demonstrated a tendency to abuse power to go after anyone who crosses him, and in particular, to go after the little guy, to go after the working man. You know, this is a man who had a $1 million court judgment against him for hiring illegal aliens. This is a man who continues to bring in foreign workers at his Florida hotel because he doesn't want to hire Americans.
And so his view of the Constitution, frankly, has a lot of similarities to Barack Obama's view of the Constitution, which is that --- it is an inconvenience at best that he will do what he wants. I believe in the First Amendment. You know what, you've got every right to speak your views, but so do numskulls like Michael Moore and other people on the left. They have the right to insult me, to attack me all day long, and I will defend their First Amendment right to attack me. Because we live in a free nation. And they have a right to do that.
Donald Trump's view is that power should be used to silence anyone coming after him. That is a very dangerous view for a president. And --- and, you know, we need instead, after seven years of a narcissistic, power hungry president like Barack Obama, we need a president who will be faithful to the Constitution and defend the Bill of Rights. Not someone who will rule by decree just as Barack Obama did. I think that is incredibly dangerous for our liberties.
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