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February 8, 2016

Ted Cruz to Rally for Marilinda Garcia in New Hampshire

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Garcia speaks with a supporter of former Sen. Bob Smith, R-N.H. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Ted Cruz is stumping for congressional hopeful Marilinda Garcia this weekend, just ahead of New Hampshire’s Republican primaries next week.

The Garcia campaign invited supporters to attend a rally with the Texas Republican and potential 2016 presidential candidate Sept. 7 at the Nashua City Hall.

Garcia, a state representative, is in a hotly contested nomination fight in the 2nd District, where Republicans are vying to take on Democratic Rep. Ann McLane Kuster. Garcia’s opponents include former state Sen. Gary Lambert, who has accused Garcia of supporting “amnesty” to undocumented immigrants.

Garcia has disputed that contention throughout the campaign, including in a recent interview with CQ Roll Call. The backing of Cruz, who has been leading the charge against potential executive action by President Barack Obama to expand deferred action on immigration, could well inoculate Garcia against that line of attack days before the Sept. 9 primary.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday Obama’s move on immigration may or may not happen before the end of a summer deadline, but he made clear that it will happen. There’s been increasing suspicion that the action may not take place until after the general election in November.

In the meantime, Earnest continued to push House Republicans to pass immigration reform.

Beyond supporting Garcia, Cruz likely also has another primary in mind in the Granite State, which will host the first GOP presidential primary in 2016 — as it regularly does.

The general election race is rated Leans Democratic by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

Steven T. Dennis contributed to this report.

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  • terjeanderson

    One RWNJ supporting another – ho hum.

    Garcia has been running to the far far right in an effort to win her primary. If she is the nominee, it will be fun to watch her twist herself into a pretzel pretending to be moderate once the general election campaign starts.

  • Jack Kelly

    What a bizarre world the right wing lives in when the Cuban/Canadian/American father of a U.S. Senator is now campaigning across America. Nucking Futjobs.

  • timmaguire

    It’s funny how little liberals understand about what it means to be conservative. Although “spot the Moby” might be more fun if it weren’t so easy. (You also gotta love how he up-voted his own comment.)

  • skhpcola

    I haven’t seen “Moby” used in forever, although it’s a useful term. Thanks for the reminder. Too, I rarely come to Roll Call, but it’s easy to tell from the circle-jerk that happens in the comments that it is a typical progtard propaganda website. Like Politico, Roll Call can try to assume the mantle of objectivity, but its bias apparently is revealed by the quality of the leftist trash that teems in the comment section. These people are filthy, anti-American trash.

  • jack

    More Mexicans and Canadians infiltering this country. WTF??

  • jack

    I dont trust Cruz on immigration at all, just like LAbrador from Idaho, another Mexican who supporter more GREEN CARDS!!

  • Jack Kelly

    Very articulate and obviously tea bag stupidity. Does your chin hurt often.

  • Jack Kelly

    Thank you for validating my post.

  • Lets_Think_Again

    OH, you mean like Ted Cruz, Canadian citizen?

  • Jed Eckert

    Arguably, the decision to invade Iraq is the worst decision in US history.

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