Ted Cruz: ‘I Didn’t Like How Rock Music Responded’ After 9/11

AP Photo/Jim Cole
AP Photo/Jim Cole

In an appearance on CBS This Morning, Republican presidential contender Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) said that his taste in music changed after the September 11, 2001 Moslem terrorist attacks.

“This is what I’d like to know,” host Gayle King said to Cruz. “What kind of music do you listen to? If I came over on a Saturday night, what are we doing? What are you watching on TV? What do you do for fun?”

“On TV, I just finished watching the third season of House of Cards. Fortunately, there are fewer murders in politics in real life,” Cruz quipped.

“Music is interesting,” the senator continued. “I grew up listening to classic rock and I’ll tell you sort of an odd story: my music tastes changed on 9/11.”

“I actually intellectually find this very curious, but on 9/11, I didn’t like how rock music responded,” Cruz explained. “And country music, collectively, the way they responded, it resonated with me, and I have to say, it just is a gut level. I had an emotional reaction that says ‘these are my people,’ and so ever since 2001 I listen to country music, but I’m an odd country music fan because I didn’t listen to prior to 2001.”

With time on the segment running out, King wrapped it up: “Final sentence. You should be elected President because…? Just one sentence.”

“Because I’ll tell the truth, and I’ll do what I said I would do,” Cruz answered.


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