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Ted Cruz says socialism is killing jobs

March 1, 2019 GMT

Sen. Ted Cruz took aim Friday at socialism, which he blamed it for killing jobs in liberal cities.

“The blue states with high taxes, high regulation their people are fleeing because they don’t have jobs,” he said while speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland’s National Harbor.

The Texas Republican said socialists effectively threw out thousands of jobs by pushed Amazon out of New York earlier this month.

Mr. Cruz’ criticism targeted progressive superstar Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who was vocal about her opposition to the corporation establishing a headquarters in New York’s Queens borough.

In a tweet, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez suggested that nearly $3 billion in tax breaks the online retailer would have received should have been used for other initiatives for the city, which Mr. Cruz dismissed as “magic money.”