Cruz seeks to cast himself as the electable conservative

Cruz is casting himself as the grown-up

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, left, speaks during the Presidential Family Forum as Ben Carson listens, Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Ted Cruz is among the most hated men in Washington, and that’s the way he wants it.

The Republican senator from Texas is casting himself as a Washington outsider, the tea partyer who made it to Congress and could get to the White House in 2016 without the support of the widely distrusted political establishment.

Cruz is casting himself as the grown-up, conservative alternative to outsiders Donald Trump and Ben Carson. But he suggests that some of his GOP rivals have gone too far.

“Tone matters,” Cruz says in an Associated Press interview. “Are there some in the Republican Party whose rhetoric is unhelpful with regard to immigration? Yes.”

It’s a remarkable statement from someone who rarely, if ever, shows signs of moderation.

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