Will Cruz's Distaste For 'New York Values' Hurt Him With New York Voters? Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has been outspoken in his disdain for what he considers New York's liberal ethos. Polls show Cruz's comments are not going over well among the state's Republican voters.

Will Cruz's Distaste For 'New York Values' Hurt Him With New York Voters?

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas at a Milwaukee victory rally Tuesday night, celebrating his win in the Wisconsin primary. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas at a Milwaukee victory rally Tuesday night, celebrating his win in the Wisconsin primary.

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Ted Cruz has made no secret of his dislike of what he calls "New York values." But now Cruz needs the support of New York voters if he is to stop Donald Trump from winning the Republican presidential nomination.

Ted Cruz has made no secret of his dislike of what he calls "New York values." But now, Cruz needs the support of New York voters if he is to stop Donald Trump from winning the Republican presidential nomination.

It's only been a few months since the Texas senator went after Trump with a campaign ad highlighting the billionaire's past support for abortion rights — aimed at casting doubt on Trump's conservative bona fides.

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It's only been a few months since the Texas senator went after Trump with a campaign ad highlighting the billionaire's past support for abortion rights – aimed at casting doubt on Trump's conservative bona fides.

The ad was launched ahead of the Iowa caucuses and included an archival clip of Trump saying he'd lived in New York City all his life, "So, you know, my views are a little bit different than if I lived in Iowa." The ad's narrator concluded: "Donald Trump. New York values. Not ours."

The ad was launched ahead of the Iowa caucuses and included an archival clip of Trump saying he'd lived in New York City all his life, "So, you know, my views are a little bit different than if I lived in Iowa." The ad's narrator concluded: "Donald Trump. New York values. Not ours."

That sparked an outcry from New Yorkers. It was even suggested that Cruz's comment was meant as an anti-Semitic dog whistle.

That sparked an outcry from New Yorkers. It was even suggested that Cruz's comment was meant as an anti-Semitic dog whistle.

During a debate in South Carolina in January, Cruz defended the ad. He said that there are "wonderful working men and women in the state of New York, but everyone understands that the values in New York City are socially liberal, are pro-abortion, are pro-gay marriage, focus around money and the media."

During a debate in South Carolina in January, Cruz defended the ad. He said that there are "wonderful working men and women in the state of New York, but everyone understands that the values in New York City are socially liberal, are pro-abortion, are pro-gay marriage, focus around money and the media."

In one of his biggest debate moments of the campaign, Trump fired back, calling New York a "great place" with "loving people, wonderful people."

In one of his biggest debate moments of the campaign, Trump fired back, calling New York a "great place" with "loving people, wonderful people."

And then, Trump invoked 9/11:

And then, Trump invoked Sept. 11:

"When the World Trade Center came down, I saw something that no place on earth could have handled more beautifully, more humanely than New York. You had two 110-story buildings come crashing down, I saw them come down, thousands of people killed, and the cleanup started the next day, and it was the most horrific cleanup, probably in the history of doing this, and in construction, I was down there. And I've never seen anything like it. And the people in New York fought, and fought, and fought, and we saw more death and even the smell of death, nobody understood it, and it was with us for months, the smell. The air. And we rebuilt downtown Manhattan, and everybody in the world watched, and everybody in the world loved New York, and loved New Yorkers. And I have to tell you, that was a very insulting statement that Ted made."

"When the World Trade Center came down, I saw something that no place on Earth could have handled more beautifully, more humanely than New York. You had two 110-story buildings come crashing down, I saw them come down, thousands of people killed, and the cleanup started the next day, and it was the most horrific cleanup, probably in the history of doing this, and in construction, I was down there. And I've never seen anything like it. And the people in New York fought, and fought, and fought, and we saw more death and even the smell of death, nobody understood it, and it was with us for months, the smell. The air. And we rebuilt downtown Manhattan, and everybody in the world watched, and everybody in the world loved New York, and loved New Yorkers. And I have to tell you, that was a very insulting statement that Ted made."

Ahead of New York's April 19 primary, Cruz is arguing that his decisive win in Wisconsin is a turning point in the campaign that will propel him to the nomination. But he's also being forced to once again defend his words about New York.

Ahead of New York's April 19 primary, Cruz is arguing that his decisive win in Wisconsin is a turning point in the campaign that will propel him to the nomination. But he's also being forced to once again defend his words about New York.