Heidi Nelson Cruz, the wife of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, has hit the campaign trail in Iowa in the days leading up to tonight’s GOP caucus, hoping to swing enough votes to her husband, who trails Donald Trump in the latest polls.
On Monday, in the hours before the caucus voting began, she spoke to a group of college students shut out from a rally.
“When you listen to Ted speak, I want to challenge you to hear him. He is genuinely himself,” she told the students, according to Wired. ““One thing I love about Ted is, because of his constitutional grounding and his very, very fine understanding of that incredible document, Ted is able to run this race genuinely on who he is as an economic, social, and national security conservative.”
“He will govern and is going to be able to govern exactly on what he promises to do, in a way that allows all of us to live in freedom.”
The 43-year-old mother of two has taken a leave of absence from Goldman Sachs to campaign with her husband. She also has a background in politics and met Ted while they were working on George W. Bush’s presidential campaign.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Cruz has worked as a key fundraiser for her husband, using her business connections. But while she has helped him raise money, some have targeted her Wall Street background.
“He is in bed w/Wall St. & is funded by Goldman Sachs/Citi, low interest loans,” Donald Trump tweeted.
Heidi Cruz has also been used to show the other side of her husband, who she said the media is “scared to death of,” according to NPR.
“Ted is incredibly sincere and thoughtful. And I want you to know as his wife, someone who knows him better than anyone else, he’s that way at home, too,” she said at a campaign event.
About Heidi, Ted has said, “She is a phenomenal mom to our two little girls, Caroline and Catherine, who are the joys of our life. And she’s my best friend in the whole world.”
Read more about Heidi Cruz at the link below: