Republican presidential candidate Ted CruzTed CruzTexas Dem targets Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018 What are 'religious liberty' bills really about? Fiorina calls for special prosecutor for Russia probe MORE on Tuesday pledged not to provide gluten-free meals to the troops as he lashed out against political correctness.
The provision of gluten-free meals depends on the military branch, a spokesman for the Department of Defense told TIME.
According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, about 1 percent of Americans have celiac disease — an autoimune disorder making a person intolerant to gluten.
Cruz looked to gain support among military voters — a critical voting bloc in the South Carolina primary — as he touted a Reagan-style military policy that he said would return the United States to a global position of strength.
"I am confident that if we put in the hard work we can, as Ronald Reagan did in the 1980s, rebuild our military so it will be so feared by our enemies and trusted by our allies that, God willing, we won't have to use it," Cruz said.