According to attendees at a recent fundraiser, George W. Bush is no fan of a fellow Texan currently competing against his brother in the 2016 Republican presidential primary.
“I just don’t like the guy,” Bush reportedly said of Sen. Ted Cruz.
Despite working on Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign, some speculate Cruz angered Bush by becoming too cozy with GOP front-runner – and frequent Jeb Bush critic – Donald Trump.
Cruz has also made an effort to distance himself from George W. Bush’s policies, offering some criticism of his administration during a recent interview.
“It’s not a good thing for a Republican president to grow the national debt from $5 trillion to $10 trillion,” he said, citing such spending as the impetus for the tea party’s formation.
This is why George W. Bush doesn’t like Ted Cruz: Ted stood up to him in defense of conservative principles pic.twitter.com/SOorc8dJkw
— Mike van der Galien (@MichaelvdGalien) October 21, 2015
Regarding Bush’s reported comment at his expense, however, Cruz chose to remain gracious instead of escalating the situation. “I have great respect for George W. Bush,” he said, “and was proud to work on his 2000 campaign and in his administration.”
He concluded that it is “no surprise that President Bush is supporting his brother and attacking the candidates he believes pose a threat to his campaign,” though he made it clear he does not intend to respond in kind.
“I met my wife Heidi working on his campaign,” Cruz said, “and so I will always be grateful to him.”
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