Backstage at the Weinberg Center for the Arts, Texas senator and GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz did an interview with The Frederick News-Post. The following is an excerpt of that interview.

FNP: A major bipartisan issue in Maryland is congressional redistricting. Do you think that gerrymandering leads to the type of election we’re having this year with a potentially brokered GOP convention and the rhetoric?

Ted Cruz: Congressional redistricting is a question the framers of our Constitution left to the states. And each state has the authority to make those determinations and they wrestle over those every 10 years, and that’s appropriate.

The result we’re seeing today stems from ... we started with 17 candidates in the Republican Party. People naturally supported lots of different candidates. Today, there are only two candidates that have a plausible path to becoming the Republican nominee: me and Donald Trump.

In Cleveland, it is going to be a battle to see who can earn the support of a majority of the delegates elected by the people. And I am confident that we will be in the far stronger position to prevail.

FNP: So-called “Never Trump” supporters have suggested — based on polling data — that you should drop out of Maryland and John Kasich should drop out of other states so you guys could help each other amass delegates. What do you think about a plan like that?

Cruz: Listen, you can’t beat something with nothing.

If Donald is the nominee, Hillary [Clinton] wins. And Hillary wins by double digits. On the other hand, if I’m the nominee, we beat Hillary.

FNP: Biotechnology is a fast-growing industry here in Maryland. What do you think the government’s role should be in that area of research within the government and in private enterprise? Do you think there are certain research areas that should be off-limits for government funding?

Cruz: My No. 1 priority as president will be jobs and economic growth, and I am a huge supporter of biotech.

The key to economic growth is lifting the burdens of government on small businesses.

When it comes to biotech ... I think we need to invest much, much more in cures for some of the most damaging diseases. I believe we should dramatically increase our investment to cure those diseases, which not only would save potentially trillions of dollars going forward, but it would also save millions of lives.

One of the barriers to the biotech community are the burdensome rules coming from the FDA. It is incredibly difficult and long and burdensome to get a new drug approved, to get a new medical device approved. I’ve introduced legislation to streamline FDA approval that will benefit the biotech community.

FNP: Our sheriff was on Capitol Hill this week testifying about immigration enforcement. What role do you think local law enforcement agencies should have in immigration enforcement, if any?

Cruz: When it comes to illegal immigration, the American people are fed up with an administration in Washington that refuses to enforce our laws, that refuses to secure the borders.

As president, I will secure the border. We will build a wall, we will triple the Border Patrol, we will increase fourfold the fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft.

Right now, the federal government works in hostility and opposition to local law enforcement. I think the federal government and local law enforcement should work hand in hand.

Follow Danielle E. Gaines on Twitter: @danielleegaines.

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Danielle E. Gaines covers politics and government in Frederick County, splitting her time between Winchester Hall and The State House. Having grown up in Illinois, she lived in New York and California before settling in Maryland.

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marylandmirage

I wonder what Mr. Cruz's answer would have been on topics such as stem cell research, had the reporter pursued the biotechnology questioning.

DickD

egads, you want him to have an evangelical fit? [lol]

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