Ted Cruz Talks Constitutional and Religious Rights, Supreme Court Vacancy and Trump in Scotia

Senator Ted Cruz has wrapped up his campaign stop in Schenectady County. Nick Reisman was there for the presidential hopeful's visit to Mekeel Christian Academy.

SCOTIA, N.Y. -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz brought his message Thursday to a Christian school here with a straightforward plea: Help him get out the vote in New York's April 19 primary.

"The key to this election-- the key to the New York primary are the men and women here, are the grassroots. I want to ask every one of you if you don't see Donald Trump as the nominee, if you don't want to see Hillary Clinton has the next president, come out and vote for me 10 times," Cruz said.

Fresh off of a resounding victory in wisonins primary, Cruz warned a crowd of about 1,300 people at the Mekeel Christian Academy of the stakes in the upcoming primary.

"If we nominate Donald Trump, Hillary wins and she wins by double digits. If Hillary becomes the president it is catastrophic. We lose the Supreme Court for a decade. Our kids are buried in trillions more in debt," he said.

And Cruz pledged as the commander in chief to defend the country abroad aggressively against terrorism. 

"If and when military force is necessary, we should use overwhelming force kill the enemy and then get the heck out," said Cruz.

 But polls in New York have shown Trump with a wide lead over Cruz. 

"Trump being a native son is in solid position to win New York decisively. As far as the rest of the ninja film goes, I think we're headed toward a brokered convention," said Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, R-Melrose.

McLaughlin is yet to endorse in the race, but he did speak with Cruz along with their GOP elected officials

"What's he going to do to help New York? What's his vision for the country?" McLaughlin said.

And the campaign in New York continues this weekend and next week. Ohio Gov. John Kasich will vistit upstate cities while Trump is expected in Albany on Monday.

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