Cruz supporters seek true conservative -- but with moderation
By The Associated Press
WHITEFIELD, New Hampshire (AP) -
Ted Cruz says he is the first true conservative running for president since Ronald Reagan -- and that will carry him to the Republican nomination come July.
But as he campaigns through New Hampshire, which tends to favor more moderate Republicans, many undecided voters -- and even some of his supporters -- say the Texas senator needs to broaden his appeal to mainstream conservatives.
The balancing act of wooing moderate Republicans, while staying true to his unwavering conservative political brand, presents a dilemma for Cruz as he seeks to outpace national front-runner Donald Trump and others in the crowded Republican field.
If he softens his approach, Cruz risks losing the ideological consistency and combative political reputation that has come to define him.