Gretchen's Take

Gretchen's Take:Ted Cruz needs to stick up for himself

If Cruz allows Donald Trump to continue on his citizenship rant, he risks serious damage to his presidential chances


Look for the fireworks at tonight’s Fox Business debate between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. More fireworks need to come from Cruz than Trump. Trump tends to be loud and upfront on the campaign trail, but then sits back and plays it safe on the debate stage. He's been going hard against his "good friend" Ted Cruz on whether or not he's truly a US citizen. In my opinion – Cruz has to respond tonight with fervor and authority. he has to put this issue to bed. Donald Trump has been extremely successful in eviscerating several other candidates on the GOP side. For example, two who've fallen off the main stage -- Carly Fiorina and Rand Paul, and two still on the stage - Ben Carson and Jeb Bush. If Cruz allows Trump to continue on his citizenship rant he could do serious damage to his chances. The risk here of course is that if Cruz goes after Trump hard, it could backfire. It’s a tough call for Ted Cruz, and no doubt he and his advisors have been going back and forth on this issue. However, in my mind -- when you want to be President of the United States, no candidate can sit back and wait. You have to stick up for yourself, and go for it.