Ted Cruz tries joke at CPAC: 'Orlando is awesome. It's not as nice as Cancún.'
A week after outrage over an unfortunate trip to Mexico during a deadly winter weather disaster in his home state, Texan Senator Ted Cruz took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando on Friday and opened his speech with a joke.
"Orlando is great," said Cruz. "It's not as nice as Cancun. But it's nice."
Cruz, a possible 2024 presidential candidate, was asked to address the CPAC to speak on "breaking culture" ahead of the Cancun controversy. His performance came on the same day that President Biden traveled to Houston to meet with food bank emergency workers and volunteers.
Last week, Cruz flew into the Mexican resort in freezing temperatures in Texas, causing the imminent collapse of the state power grid, resulting in widespread outages that resulted in dozens of deaths.
The Senator was spotted on a flight from Houston to Cancun on Wednesday night. Photos of Cruz's occasional escape from the weather, posted on social media Thursday morning, had sparked bipartisan outrage.
Cruz released a statement that his daughters wanted to leave and that he just "wanted to be a good father".
Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando. (John Raoux / AP)
"With school canceled for that week, our girls asked for a trip with friends," said Cruz. "I wanted to be a good father and I flew down with them last night.
"My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local executives to investigate what is happening in Texas," he added. We want our electricity back, our water on and our houses warm. "
Cruz flew back to Houston later that afternoon.
Upon his return, he admitted the trip was "a mistake" and insisted that he recognized it the moment he got on the plane.
"I've been trying to take care of my family," Cruz told the ABC partner in Houston. "I've been trying to take care of my children. It's unfortunate the firestorm that arose from it. It was not my intention to agree to my daughters in order to somehow lessen all Texans who were going through real trouble."
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