Cruz: Trump's healthcare position fits with Clinton and Sanders
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Republican presidential candidate Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Finance: GOP criticism of tax bill grows, but few no votes | Highlights from day two of markup | House votes to overturn joint-employer rule | Senate panel approves North Korean banking sanctions GOP criticism of tax bill grows, but few ready to vote against it Anti-gay marriage county clerk Kim Davis to seek reelection in Kentucky MORE on Wednesday compared rival Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems win from coast to coast Falwell after Gillespie loss: 'DC should annex' Northern Virginia Dems see gains in Virginia's House of Delegates MORE to Democrats Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersWorld leaders reach agreement on trade deal without United States: report Sanders on Brazile revelations: DNC needs ‘far more transparency’ Sen. Warren sold out the DNC MORE and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP rushes to cut ties to Moore Papadopoulos was in regular contact with Stephen Miller, helped edit Trump speech: report Bannon jokes Clinton got her ‘ass kicked’ in 2016 election MORE on healthcare.

“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.”

“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.