Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told a group of Iowa pastors in Cedar Rapids Monday that if Donald Trump manages to win the Iowa caucuses next week and later win the New Hampshire primary, the New York billionaire will be impossible to beat.
A video of the private meeting with the pastors, first obtained by the Christian Broadcast Network, shows Cruz saying to the group:
“We talked before about the politics of this being effectively a two man race between me and Donald Trump. Let me talk for a moment if you happen to be thinking about another candidate beyond the two of us. There are a lot of good people in this race. There are a lot of people who I like, who I respect, who are friends of mine, who I have no intention of insulting or denigrating. But I will say right now, between Donald and me, this is neck and neck. It is an absolute dead heat. And if Donald wins Iowa, he right now has a substantial lead in New Hampshire, if he went on to win New Hampshire as well, there is a very good chance he could be unstoppable and be our nominee.”
Cruz also asked the pastors for their support for one reason, saying, “And the next seven days in Iowa will determine whether or not that happens. So even if you’re thinking about another candidate, the simple reality is there’s only one campaign that can beat Trump in this state, and if conservatives simply stand up and unite, that’s everything.”
According to CBN, The American Renewal Project sponsored the private event, which is an evangelical organization intended to urge pastors to run for political office as well as host presidential candidates to give remarks before hundreds of pastors. Cruz gave speeches to the group previously, as did Marco Rubio, back in November.