Ted Cruz Rally Brought Heated Debates Between Trump, Clinton Supporters
Of course, Ted Cruz is part of a larger Republican and political divide these days, and that was on display in Scotia, too. Geoff Redick was outside the town hall event and has more.
SCOTIA, N.Y. — It was like an old Western stand-off in this small Schenectady County village Thursday: on one side of Second Street, a queue line outside Mekeel Christian Academy was full of Ted Cruz supporters.
On the other side of the street were voters for Donald Trump and even Hillary Clinton.
It is election season in New York State, and no one can seem to agree on anything. Screams of adulation inside the Ted Cruz town hall in Scotia were matched by screaming outside on the sidewalk. Sal Furnari and Pastor William Mayhew were two of those who took to arguing.
"He is the epitome of political sleaze," Furnari said of Cruz.
Mayhew shot back: "I don't believe Donald Trump knows anything that he will do [as president]!"
Karen English drove from West Charlton in Saratoga County to hold up a sign proclaiming Ted Cruz a "racist" and a "bigot." She supports Hillary Clinton, and to a lesser degree, Bernie Sanders.
"If I can just get a few of them to not vote for Ted Cruz ... ," she said of her intentions Thursday. "He's so dangerous! He's just too dangerous a person."
A statement which found disagreement from Todd Short, of Schenectady.
"I asked her if she had any proof that he's racist," Short said, after talking with English. "And she said, 'No, I just don't like him.' "
Short came prepared with his Ted Cruz hat and buttons, and said he was one of the first in line for Cruz's rally on Thursday.
Some people can't even agree with their own candidate — like Susan Munafo of Scotia. She brought along her dog, a giant St. Bernard bedecked in a "VOTE TRUMP" towel.
"I guess there's a lot of things where I don't agree with Mr. Trump," Munafo admitted. "But he'll learn. Everything in life is a learning process."
Trump is far ahead in the polls ahead of New York's April 19 primary. A recent Monmouth University poll showed Trump leading Ted Cruz by 31 points.
Cruz supporters say the 11 days before the primary are plenty of time to make up ground.