Cruz: Democrats will win if Rubio is GOP nominee

“Is Marco Rubio a genuine conservative?” Kuhner asked after listing Rubio’s support for “open borders,” “NSA spying,” and the Obama administration’s Trans Pacific Partnership during an onstage interview.

“On each of the issues you just listed, Marco’s views are virtually indistinguishable from Hillary Clinton,” Cruz replied. “Let me say this — if we nominate a candidate who’s pro-amnesty, we’ll lose. It’s not complicated. It’s real simple.”

Cruz pointed to the 2012 election as evidence for his theory and noted the Republican Party got clobbered after nominating Mitt Romney, whose record on healthcare caused headaches for conservatives seeking contrast with Obamacare.