US Senator Cruz joins Laxalt in Nevada for Bash Cortez Masto | Nevada News
By KEN RITTER, Associated Press
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas joined Adam Laxalt, a GOP nominee for the Nevada Senate, in bashing the senior Democratic U.S. senator from Nevada during a campaign rally on Friday in a affluent retirement enclave in suburban Las Vegas.
“Nevada is front and center in the battle to take back this country,” Cruz said to cheers from an audience of about 140 in a ballroom at Sun City Anthem. “I’m here today because I support my friend, Adam Laxalt.”
Laxalt, who characterizes his attempt to oust Democratic Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto as an effort to turn the equally divided Senate into Republican, pointed to the support he and Cruz have from former President Donald Trump.
Laxalt served as co-chair of Trump’s 2020 campaign in Nevada and led unsuccessful legal challenges against Democratic President Joe Biden’s victory in the battleground state.
Cruz mocked and derided Biden and joined Laxalt in linking Cortez Masto to a key campaign issue heading into the June 14 GOP primary — the cost of gasoline. Cruz tied the awards not to the war in Ukraine, but to campaign promises and the policies of the Biden administration.
“When you go to fill up your truck and it’s $100 or $150,” Cruz said, “when a mom today, coming home from school, fills up her van and it’s $150 dollars to do it. It hurts people in this condition. It hurts people across the country.
Nevada Democratic Victory Rep. Olivia Davis highlighted Laxalt’s work, after he lost his 2018 Nevada gubernatorial bid, with a Washington, D.C. law firm that represents a major oil company raising money profits from high prices.
“As Nevadans pay high gas prices at the pump, Adam Laxalt tried to blame everyone but his DC law firm’s big oil clients for the rising prices,” said Davis.
Laxalt, during the rally, never mentioned his main opponent, Reno businessman and US Army veteran Sam Brown.
Laxalt and Cruz made stops Thursday in northern Nevada, where Laxalt also criticized Cortez Masto’s stance on coronavirus policies and border security.
Laxalt and Cortez Masto have both served as Attorney General of Nevada, and Laxalt has made law enforcement a theme in his campaign.
Cortez Masto’s campaign aide Sigalle Reshef responded Friday, saying Cortez Masto “has worked with Republicans to provide billions of dollars in border security funding” and led efforts in the Senate to support the Nevada law enforcement.
Cortez Masto has no primary challenger and a more than 5-to-1 advantage in campaign funds to spend over either GOP candidate.
Laxalt told the crowd they could expect a TV commercial blitz from Cortez Masto, but they couldn’t trust the media. Instead, he directed his followers to his website.
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