First Draft: Politely, Ted Cruz Demurs From Donald Trump’s Idea for a Muslim Registry

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PhotoSenator Ted Cruz spoke with reporters forward of a city hall-style assembly during a V.F.W. in Kingston, N.H., final week.
Senator Ted Cruz spoke with reporters forward of a city hall-style assembly during a V.F.W. in Kingston, N.H., final week.Credit Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist for The New York Times

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – As Republicans fastener with how to respond to Donald J. Trump’s antacid comments about Muslims, Senator Ted Cruz seems to be groping for a center way.

When asked on Friday about Mr. Trump’s call for a inhabitant registry of Muslims, Mr. Cruz pronounced he was “a large fan of Donald Trump’s, though I’m not a fan of supervision registries.”

Though a feud was notable, a Texas senator’s diagnosis of Mr. Trump was gentle, quite for someone whose denunciation toward other adversaries can sound distant some-more belligerent. (“If we wish to insult me, come and do it to my face,” Mr. Cruz pronounced of President Obama, who criticized a interloper proposals of Mr. Cruz and other Republicans during a unfamiliar outing this week.)

Rather than enhance on his differences with Mr. Trump, Mr. Cruz indicted reporters of perplexing to order a Republican party. “I commend that a media would adore to get me and other possibilities to conflict Donald Trump,” Mr. Cruz said, vocalization before an eventuality in Sioux City. “There might be other possibilities who wish to do that. we ain’t gonna do it.”

Yet it was distinguished that Mr. Cruz, who is aggressively courting evangelicals and is seen as good positioned to attract Mr. Trump’s supporters should he falter, changed to settle a transparent contrast. Sweeping sovereign slip of a arrange that Mr. Trump proposed, quite concerning a sequence of a eremite group, would seem directly during contingency with a beliefs of a regressive electorate Mr. Cruz has courted with large-scale rallies in invulnerability of eremite freedom.

Mr. Cruz afterwards pivoted fast to a critique of President Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, assailing proposals to take in Syrian refugees. He has regularly called a thought “lunacy,” after expressing support for usurpation Syrian refugees in a past.