Cruz: Trump's healthcare position fits with Clinton and Sanders
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“Even now as a candidate, Donald says we ought to have full-on socialized healthcare,” he told host Megyn Kelly on Fox News’s “The Kelly File.”

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“In the very last debate, he said Republicans are ‘heartless’ if they don’t support socialized medicine,” Cruz said.

“We hear that rhetoric all the time from Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. I don’t think Republican voters are interested in hearing themselves described as heartless if they don’t like the government taking over healthcare.”

Cruz also suggested that Trump’s more left-leaning policy stances helped him win New Hampshire’s GOP presidential primary on Tuesday.

“New Hampshire is a good state for a liberal Republican,” he said.

“Donald Trump is someone who emphatically supported [President] Obama’s TARP bailout of Wall Street and emphatically supported his stimulus. Those views resonate pretty well with a moderate or liberal audience.”

Cruz added that Trump would lack similar advantages heading into South Carolina’s primary on Feb. 20.

Conservatives "have been burned over and over again,” he said. "The people in South Carolina don’t want to nominate another deal-maker, someone who will give in and capitulate and give up on our principles.

“I think they’re looking for a strong constitutional conservative,” Cruz added. "What we are seeing is conservatives uniting behind our campaign.”

Trump emerged victorious in New Hampshire, routing his GOP rivals by nearly 20 points. The Republican field next targets South Carolina, where Trump owns a 16-point edge.