HUDSON, N.H. (AP) — Ted Cruz on Tuesday returned to New Hampshire for the first time in months, promising conservative voters he’ll protect their gun rights and several times invoking the state’s “Live Free or Die” motto.
“It’s not ‘live coddled by a bunch of nanny-state liberals who want to control every aspect of your life, or die,’” he said to laughs and cheers outside a gun range. “It’s not ‘trust Hillary Clinton and her village to raise your kids and strip them of all their liberties or die.’”
Cruz’s red meat approach was unusual among Republican candidates in a state that tends to favor more moderate-leaning Republicans. But Donald Trump maintains a strong lead in New Hampshire, so a candidate could finish second or third by winning over a relatively small segment of the state’s Republicans. Cruz is returning to the state Sunday for a five-day bus tour through all 10 counties.