Ally paints a softer side of Cruz ahead of debate

San Antonio Express-News (Excerpt)
By: Peggy Fikac
January 28, 2016

AUSTIN – As another GOP presidential debate looms, one of Ted Cruz’s staunchest allies is painting a picture at odds with the U.S. senator’s image as a supremely confident, brash candidate poised for the kill.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who is Cruz’s Texas chairman and is campaigning for him in Iowa, said he was with the Cruz family and top team members before the Boulder debate.

“I saw a family that knelt in sincere prayer without any cameras, without any publicity before that debate, asking for God’s guidance,” Patrick said in an interview.

“I saw a candidate who was not like Rocky before a fight – ‘I’m going to go out and knock ‘em out and I’m gonna prevail.’I saw a person who was humbled by the moment and understood the importance of it, and was very aware of what he was about to take on and the seriousness of it, and all the people who were behind him,” Patrick said.

“It was a behind-the-scenes look at Ted that I had never had before. And it wasn’t that of a brash fiery senator who was saying, ‘Hey, we’re going to go out there and knock ‘em out.’ It was a person who was very reflective in prayer very serious in preparation and understood the moment,” Patrick said.

Patrick said that “reassured me I had chosen the right person.”

Patrick pointed out that in a 2013 Texas Tribune interview, he had said he would support Cruz if he ever ran for president.

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