It seems Sen. Ted Cruz has achieved Hollywood status.
A man with a handheld video camera, who identified himself as working for celebrity gossip outlet TMZ, approached the presidential candidate Thursday at an anti-Iran deal event just outside the White House. The cameraman prefaced his question by saying it would be "on a lighter note" — presumably because Cruz was walking away from a chaotic scene that included an impromptu debate with CodePink protesters .
“I like the lighter note. Do you ever have a heavier note? This is why I like TMZ. You guys are fun,” Cruz said, before heroically saving the reporter from walking backwards into a tree.
TMZ, which had interviewed Cruz at least three times before Thursday, asked Cruz what his first actions in the White House would be, if elected.
“Well you know, I’ve joked that the first two things that I’ll do when I’m elected is, No. 1, I may have to call up and send flowers to all the reporters and editors who will have checked themselves into therapy if I’m elected president,” Cruz said with a laugh.
“No. 2 ... listen I’m Cuban. If I’m elected president, one of the first things I think I’ll start doing is planning on New Year’s Eve a pig roast on the South Lawn. That’s what Cubans do on New Year’s Eve, and I’m looking forward to bringing a little Latin culture to the White House.”
Disappointingly, Cruz deflected when TMZ asked who would play the music at said pig roast.
“We’ll answer that when we come to it,” he said.