Cruz turns to new weapon: His mom

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(Yahoo!Politics) Ted Cruz has made no secret of his adoration for his father, Rafael, whom he calls his personal hero.

In speech after speech, the Texas senator and Republican presidential hopeful has recounted for audiences the story of how his father fought for freedom in Cuba before escaping to the United States to embrace the American dream. Rafael Cruz’s biography has been the emotional and inspirational bedrock of his son’s bid for the White House, and as such, he has been one of the senator’s busiest and most recognizable campaign surrogates.

But in recent days, Rafael Cruz has taken a smaller part in his son’s stump speech. On the trail in New York and Wisconsin, the Texas senator has instead started to talk more about his relationship with his mother, Eleanor Darragh, who thus far has played almost no public role in her son’s political career.

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