Cruz: Daughters are "off limits" in campaign

Posted at 8:47 AM, Dec 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-23 11:50:41-05

TULSA (AP) -- Republican presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas spoke Wednesday at Oral Roberts University' Mabee Center.

Cruz also talked about a Washington Post cartoon depicting his 5- and 7-year-old daughters as monkeys is inappropriate and that children of candidates should be off-limits in campaigns.

The cartoon, which criticized Cruz for using his children in a TV ad, depicted the candidate as an organ grinder dressed as Santa and his daughters as dancing monkeys. The newspaper pulled the cartoon Tuesday from its website, saying "it's generally the policy of our editorial section to leave children out of it."

Speaking to reporters Wednesday in Tulsa, Cruz said he has thick skin but the cartoon "ticks me off." Cruz said he appreciates the newspaper withdrawing the cartoon.

Following his stop in Tulsa, Cruz will head down the turnpike to Oklahoma City for a 1:30 p.m. speech at Oklahoma City Community College

The campaign stop is part of Cruz's plan to hold 12 rallies in 12 cities in one week. He has already visited Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia.

Cruz has targeted Super Tuesday states where voters head to the polls on March 1, concentrating on several Southern states where he is particularly popular among conservatives.

Cruz previously visited Oklahoma City and Tulsa in August.

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