Ted Cruz made a bold promise to the people of Nevada. He promised to sell lands held by the federal government to private parties, just like his Kochmasters want him to do.
In a controversial new TV ad aiming to sway conservative caucus-goers in Nevada but likely to backfire with mainstream voters, Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz (R-TX) vows to sell-off or give away the state’s national parks, national forests, national monuments, and other public lands.
“If you trust me with your vote,” says Cruz in the ad, “I will fight day and night to return full control of Nevada’s lands to its rightful owners, its citizens.”
The Cruz television ad, however, seems aimed at both swaying far-right Nevada voters who support the anti-government views of Cliven Bundy and at drawing a contrast with Donald Trump. The ad cites and criticizes comments that Donald Trump made in an interview with the publication Field & Stream in January in which Trump slammed proposals to transfer national public lands to state control.
“I don’t like the idea because I want to keep the lands great, and you don’t know what the state is going to do,” Trump told Field & Stream. “I mean, are they going to sell if they get into a little bit of trouble? And I don’t think it’s something that should be sold.”
Cruz may as well have declared himself a sovereign citizen with that ad. It's intended to pander to the "patriots" and haters who help themselves to federal resources at the taxpayers' expense.