AUSTIN, Tx. – During an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer yesterday, Texas senator Ted Cruz accused fellow GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio of having ties to Raul Castro and the Cuban government. “He’s a trained spy on a mission to turn Washington in a Little Havana,” Senator Cruz said, adding that Senator Rubio is “hell-bent on destroying this country.”
Senator Cruz went on to say that in the last week, his security detail has uncovered a number of electronic listening devices that were “covertly planted” in the senator’s office and private residence. “It’s unclear why I’m being singled out by Senator Rubio and his gang of Cuban thugs,” Mr. Cruz told Wolf Blitzer. The senator later speculated that Rubio’s involvement may be part of a larger plot to retaliate against the United States for its role in the Bay of Pigs fiasco.
Meanwhile, Marco Rubio fired back at the Cruz camp on Sunday, calling the senator’s accusations “a pack of lies.” The junior U.S. senator categorically denied being involved in a plot to sabotage the United States, telling Fox News he hasn’t “had contact with anyone in Cuba in over six months.” In Mr. Rubio’s defense, Cuba’s Intelligence Directorate -in response to an inquiry from The Washington Post, said it’s “not in the business of revealing the names of operatives working abroad.”
The admission, however, was apparently not enough to convince Senator Cruz that Mr. Rubio is nothing more than a mild-mannered junior senator of Cuban descent with genuine aspirations of making a difference from within the confines of the Oval Office. The Texas senator said that his security detail has “discreetly obtained” hair and skin samples belonging to Senator Rubio. “We’re testing them to see if he has any connection to Elián González,” Senator Cruz explained, adding that he believes “with a degree of certainty” that Marco Rubio is Elián González in disguise. “We’ll know more by the end of the week,” a visibly hopeful Cruz told CNN.
According to the latest polls coming out of Iowa, Senator Ted Cruz is in second place at twenty-three percent, just five points behind former reality TV star and GOP front-runner Donald Trump. For the time being, Florida senator Marco Rubio remains at fifteen percent.