News & Politics

Trump, Cruz Hug It Out at Raucous Houston Rally

President Donald Trump is greeted by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, as he arrives for a campaign rally at Houston Toyota Center, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took the stage in Houston ahead of President Trump’s speech at a raucous campaign event, and it appears that the grudge between the two that began during the 2016 primary campaign — Trump insulted Cruz’s wife and suggested that his father may have been involved in JFK’s assassination — is over.

Earlier in the day, Trump told reporters, “He’s not Lyin’ Ted anymore. He’s Beautiful Ted. I call him Texas Ted.”

Cruz introduced Trump as “the man who has presided over record jobs, record unemployment, the president of the United States, President Donald J. Trump!”

The capacity crowd roared its approval as the two embraced — twice — and exchanged a few words before Cruz vacated the stage.

“Nobody has helped me more with your tax cuts, with your regulations, with all the things we are doing, including our military and vets, than Senator Ted Cruz,” Trump said.

He also commended the Texas senator for “staring down an angry mob” during the heat of the Kavanaugh hearings. Cruz and his wife Heidi were accosted by an angry mob in a restaurant during the hearings. Cruz responded politely and walked away from the confrontation.

Cruz has been embroiled in a contentious fight to keep his Senate seat out of the hands of media darling Beto O’Rourke. The RealClearPolitics average has Cruz leading his opponent by 7 points. Cruz warned Texans that O’Rourke is to the left of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

WATCH: 

Follow me on Twitter @pbolyard