Sen. Ted Cruz is taking on President Trump in a Republican Senate primary in Tennessee, reasserting his independence from the White House after nearly four years of minimizing conflict.
The Texan was scheduled to spend Friday campaigning with conservative upstart Manny Sethi, a physician running against former ambassador Bill Hagerty, the GOP establishment favorite whom Trump endorsed to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander. Polls show the primary is neck and neck, and Cruz, mulling a presidential bid in 2024, reached out to Sethi unprompted and offered his backing.
“Since his first day in office, Sen. Cruz has sought out and only endorsed candidates across the country that will be conservative fighters in Washington,” Cruz spokesman Sam Cooper said. “In Tennessee, Sen. Cruz believes that Dr. Manny is the conservative fighter in the race.”
Cruz’s relationship with Trump started off rocky.
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