NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on campaign 2016 a day before New Yorkers vote in their state’s crucial primary (all times Eastern Daylight Time):
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz says his controversial criticism of “New York values” was a comment that originated from his rival Donald Trump in an interview on partial birth abortion.
In a town hall-style interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Monday, Cruz said that the comments by Trump, a native New Yorker, echoed the “left-wing democratic policies” that have dominated New York policies.
“I was repeating Donald’s own phrasing,” Cruz said.
“The people of New York, the folks here, y’all have suffered under the left wing democratic policies year after year after year,” Cruz said. Heidi and I we are fighting for you we are fighting for you.”
Cruz also criticized New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, claiming that they have deprived New Yorkers of jobs and a decent education, by banning fracking and closing charter schools in lower income neighborhoods.
New Yorkers will head to the polls Tuesday to vote in their crucial presidential primary.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is backing legislation that would let Americans sue Saudi Arabia over the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The bill is opposed by the Obama administration. But’s important to families of 9/11 victims, some of whom believe Saudi officials played some part in the attacks.
Sanders spoke in favor of the legislation Monday on NBC’s “Today Show” on the eve of the New York presidential primary. He says it’s important to have a full understanding of the “the possible role of the Saudi government in 9/11.”
U.S. inquiries have not reported a link between the Saudi government or its senior officials and the attacks. But Sanders notes that some conclusions remain classified.
Sanders says Saudi Arabia promotes an extreme and “very destructive” version of Islam.
Fifteen of the 19 hijackers in the September 2001 attacks, which destroyed the World Trade Center and killed thousands, were citizens of Saudi Arabia.
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