Heidi Cruz campaigns to show the softer side of hubby Ted Cruz

Texas Senator Ted Cruz is known to be one of most hated men in Washington. As he tries to convince voters, his wife Heidi Cruz tries to vouch for his character and show people that he has a softer side.

During one of his deemed long In Senate speeches in 2013, Cruz spoke of a time when his wife was going on a business trip and found herself in a car wreck on the way to the airport. He said she got on the plane anyway, not realizing until hours later that she had a concussion and a broken bone.

Cruz said that he had told his wife that he wanted her to call him right away, but that he had expressed his admiration for his strength.

“You know it’s the virtue of marrying strong women who know what they want and are able to take on the world,” said Cruz.

During the election campaign, Cruz also praises his wife’s more traditional virtues.

“She’s a phenomenal mom to our two little daughters, Caroline and Catherine, who are the joys of our lives,” he said. “And she’s my best friend all over the world.”

The Cruzes often mark their team for the campaign stops, like a restaurant in Keokuk, Iowa, in October.

Heidi Cruz told the crowd that she thought the media was “afraid of dying” of her husband – but that she really knew him.

“Ted is incredibly sincere and caring. And I want you to know as his wife, someone who knows him better than anyone, he is also like home, ”she said.

She describes her husband as someone who never forgets an anniversary and enjoys reading stories with their daughters. The couple met while working on the George W. Bush campaign in 2000. Heidi Cruz often says it was “love at first sight”, and that she was drawn to her strong beliefs – in Bible and the Constitution.

“In his late twenties, Ted knew what he believed – and what he believed then and what he did then was exactly the same thing he believes now and does now,” a- she declared.

Behind the scenes, Heidi Cruz has been raising funds for her husband for months. She took time off from investment firm Goldman Sachs to work on the campaign.

This link has been a source of criticism for Ted Cruz, who was elected to the Senate in 2012 as a Tea Party Conservative and critic of the Federal Wall Street bailout.

the intensified examination after discovering that Cruz had used loans from Goldman Sachs and Citibank to finance this campaign. In an interview, Heidi Cruz said she saw no contradiction.

“Ted and I were both against bailouts, but not against Wall Street, nor against any industry,” she said. “We are against government intervention in industries in this economy.”

Given her husband’s reputation for alienating even her Republican colleagues, Heidi Cruz is often asked about her personality. She says it doesn’t matter what the people of Washington think because he’s popular with Conservative voters.

But it’s not just Washington. Some of Cruz’s former classmates, including one college roommate, have come forward for Describe the as “abrasive”, “arrogant” and even “scary”. Heidi Cruz suggests that the problem is with her husband’s criticism.

“We all went to college; we all found our circle of friends and some people we got along with better than others, ”she said. “Ted is outspoken; he’s a principled person. Even as a teenager, he was a person who didn’t look around the room just to be popular. And to people who do, they might find it unpleasant that he stick to guns. “

At campaign stops, voters seem to find Heidi Cruz sympathetic. Algona’s Bobbie Clark in Emmetsburg, Iowa on Friday said she already imagines him as the country’s first lady.

“She’s just alive and vibrant and mean smart.” Clark said. “I mean you should be married to Ted.”

Or maybe, as some supporters have said, be married to Heidi Cruz.

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HOST SCOTT SIMON:

Senator Ted Cruz is not a quiet guy. He is a fierce debater and a skillful paul (ph) who is often more admired than loved. As he tries to convince voters in Iowa, there is one person trying to show people that he has a softer side – his wife, Heidi Cruz, who spoke to NPR’s Sarah McCammon during the election campaign in Iowa.

SARAH MCCAMMON, BYLINE: Heidi Cruz is a successful businesswoman with an MBA from Harvard. And her husband, Ted Cruz, is clearly proud of it. During one of his long speeches in the Senate in 2013, Cruz told a story about a time when his wife was going on a business trip.

(SOUND PRESENTATION OF THE ARCHIVED RECORDING)

TED CRUZ: My wife, Heidi, was taking a car to the airport and the car got hit.

MCCAMMON: Anyway, she got on the plane, not realizing until a few hours later that she had a concussion and a broken bone.

(SOUND PRESENTATION OF THE ARCHIVED RECORDING)

TED CRUZ: I certainly urged if this happens to my wife again, honey, please let me know when it happens and not 12-14 hours later. But, you know, it’s the virtue of marrying strong women who know what they want and are able to take on the world.

MCCAMMON: On the campaign trail, the Texas senator also touts his wife’s more traditional virtues and talks about how grateful he is to her for marrying her.

(SOUND PRESENTATION OF THE ARCHIVED RECORDING)

TED CRUZ: She’s a phenomenal mom to our two little daughters, Caroline and Catherine, who are the joys of our lives. She has exceptionally poor eyesight.

(TO LAUGH)

MCCAMMON: Cruz’s team often tagged during campaign stops, such as a restaurant in Keokuk, Iowa, in October. Heidi Cruz told the crowd that she thought the media was afraid of her husband, but that she really knew him.

(SOUND PRESENTATION OF THE ARCHIVED RECORDING)

HEIDI CRUZ: Ted is incredibly sincere and caring. And I want you to know as his wife, someone who knows him better than anyone, he’s like that at home too.

MCCAMMON: She describes him as someone who never forgets a birthday and enjoys reading stories with their daughters. The couple met while working on the George W. Bush campaign in 2000. Heidi Cruz often says it was love at first sight and that she was drawn to her strong belief in the Bible and the Constitution. .

HEIDI CRUZ: In his late twenties, Ted knew what he believed and what he believed in and what he was doing then is exactly the same thing he believes now and does now.

(APPLAUSE)

MCCAMMON: Behind the scenes, Heidi Cruz has been actively fundraising for her husband for months. She took time off from investment firm Goldman Sachs to work on the campaign. This link has been a source of criticism for Ted Cruz, who was elected to the Senate in 2012 as a Tea Party Conservative and critic of the Federal Wall Street bailout. The scrutiny intensified after IT discovered that Cruz had used loans from Goldman Sachs and Citibank to fund this campaign. In an interview, Heidi Cruz said she saw no contradiction.

HEIDI CRUZ: Ted and I were both against bailouts, but not against Wall Street, nor against any industry. We are against government intervention in industries of this economy.

MCCAMMON: Given Ted Cruz’s reputation for alienating even his fellow Republicans, Heidi Cruz is often asked about her husband’s personality. And she says it doesn’t matter what the people of Washington think because he’s popular with Tory voters. But it’s not just Washington. Some of Cruz’s former classmates, including a college roommate, have come forward to describe him as abrasive, arrogant, and even scary. Heidi Cruz suggests that the problem is with her husband’s criticism.

HEIDI CRUZ: We all went to college. We all found our circle of friends and some people we got along with better than others. Even as a teenager, he was a person who didn’t look around the room just to be popular. And to the people who do, they might find it unpleasant that he’s going to stick to his guns.

MCCAMMON: At campaign stops, voters seem to find Heidi Cruz sympathetic. In Emmetsburg, Iowa, yesterday Bobbie Clark said she already imagines him as the country’s first lady.

BOBBIE CLARK: She’s just alive and vibrant and mean smart (laughs). I mean, you should be married to Ted.

MCCAMMON: Or maybe, some supporters have said, be married to Heidi. Sarah McCammon, NPR News. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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