Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz says his controversial criticism of "New York values" was a comment that originated from his rival Donald Trump in an interview on partial birth abortion.
In a town hall-style interview on ABC's "Good Morning America" Monday, Cruz said that the comments by Trump, a native New Yorker, echoed the "left-wing democratic policies" that have dominated New York policies.
"I was repeating Donald's own phrasing," Cruz said.
"The people of New York, the folks here, y'all have suffered under the left wing democratic policies year after year after year," Cruz said. Heidi and I we are fighting for you we are fighting for you."
Cruz also criticized New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, claiming that they have deprived New Yorkers of jobs and a decent education, by banning fracking and closing charter schools in lower income neighborhoods.
New Yorkers will head to the polls Tuesday to vote in their crucial presidential primary.