CUOMO CALLS CRUZ'S ATTACKS ON NEW YORK VALUES 'OFFENSIVE'
That's wrong — no matter what party you're in.
For someone who has so much hostility toward our city and state, he spends an awful lot of time begging for money from our residents. According to the FEC, Cruz has raised close to half a million dollars from New York donors this election cycle alone. If he had any class or possessed true presidential timber, Ted Cruz would offer New Yorkers a real apology instead of sarcasm — not because we need it, but to prove he's not a hypocrite. His rhetoric this week is unfit for anyone who hopes to lead the American people.
TED CRUZ ASKS NEW YORKERS FOR DONATIONS AFTER INSULTING THEM
Politics must be about harnessing government to better people's lives and move the country forward. We live in challenging times, and we need thoughtful leadership. Cruz's latest strategy — disparaging New Yorkers and questioning our values — is anything but thoughtful. Instead, it is political cynicism at its worst.
Hate is never an acceptable political tool. And in New York, we reject those who seek to use it for personal gain. Instead, we welcome people of all backgrounds, and we embrace immigrants with open arms. We have forged one city, one state, and one family. Throughout our nation's history, New York has been the gateway to opportunity and the driver of the American Dream — both for people born here, and those born on other shores who come here to achieve that magnificent Dream.
TED CRUZ GIVES LAME APOLOGY FOR 'NEW YORK VALUES' COMMENTS
New York has also shown the nation what it means to truly come together in times of trouble, to overcome great tragedy, and to emerge even stronger than before. From the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, New Yorkers have joined hands with people from across the country and around the world to rebuild what had been destroyed, and to comfort those who experienced grave loss.
Emma Lazarus captured New York values best. Her poem, "The New Colossus" is inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty — in New York harbor. Ted Cruz has either forgotten or never heard Lazarus' timeless lines, and we think he should:
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Those are New York values. Acceptance. Compassion. Tolerance. Resilience. Equality. The principles that built the greatest nation on the earth, and that continue to help guide it today. New York welcomed people through Ellis Island. Ted Cruz would reject them. New York is strengthening the middle class. Ted Cruz wants to dismantle it. One World Trade Center stands today as a beacon of freedom around the world because of New York values.
DE BLASIO: CRUZ OWES AN APOLOGY FOR 'NEW YORK VALUES' INSULT
So now that we've made clear what New York values are, it seems that Ted Cruz did get one thing right in that debate — he doesn't share them.