Ted Cruz tries to woo Rand Paul's libertarian base

Republican presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has said that he sees himself taking Donald Trump’s support after Trump eventually leaves the race. But there’s another key part of Cruz’s strategy to steal other people’s votes out from under them, and that’s to make an appeal to the libertarians who have generally been supporting Sen. Rand Paul.

Cruz made his pitch to libertarians on Friday in classic Paul territory: a Republican Liberty Caucus conference in Nashua, New Hampshire. Speaking to reporters there, Cruz said libertarians had always been an important part of his coalition.

“I was elected with tremendous support from the liberty movement,” Cruz said. “The liberty movement has been integral to our campaign from day one.”

“When I ran for Senate I was blessed to be endorsed by both Ron Paul and Rand Paul,” Cruz said.

Cruz’s comments seemed to contain an implicit criticism of Paul’s wavering on some issues important to libertarians and his working relationship with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.