Former Republican presidential candidate and current leather couch warmer Mitt Romney criticized Sen. Ted Cruz on Twitter this week for Cruz’s repeated statements that President Obama was financing terrorists, “snuggling up” to our enemies, and those various other things that dribbled from Cruz’s McCarthyite mouth in his fury over the Iranian nonproliferation deal.
Cruz will be having none of that, obviously.
“So Mitt Romney’s tweet today said, ‘Gosh, this rhetoric is not helpful,'” Cruz said on KFYO. “John Adams famously said, ‘Facts are stubborn things.’ Describing the actual facts is not using rhetoric; it is called speaking the truth.”
“Part of the reason Mitt Romney got clobbered by Barack Obama is because we all remember that third debate where Barack Obama turned to Mitt and said, ‘I said the Benghazi attack was terrorism and no one is more upset by Benghazi than I am.’ And Mitt, I
listening to his own advice, said, ‘Well gosh, I don’t want to use any rhetoric. So OK, never mind. I’ll just kind of rearrange the pencil on the podium here,'” he continued.
Setting aside Cruz’s continued curious definition of what “facts” are, it’s an interesting window into how Cruz thinks a debate should go. Accuse your opponent of monstrous things, sure, but the important thing is to remember to always, always double down?