Ted Cruz’s Daughter Doesn’t Want to Be Around Him Either

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Ted Cruz, Ted Cruz's family, and Carly Fiorina
Ted Cruz, Ted Cruz's family, and Carly FiorinaPhoto: Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post

One beautiful thing about children is that, no matter how much media training and tight planning and obsessive image-managing adults try to do, they can ruin it all in the blink of an eye. As they absolutely should!


Ted Cruz — Republican presidential candidate and maybe Zodiac Killer — has experienced that repeatedly during this election cycle. Earlier in the year, he attempted to give his daughter Caroline a kiss while the cameras were rolling and she squirmed out of his grasp and flicked him away. On a TV appearance, she blurted out to Anderson Cooper that there was video evidence of her father dancing around in a pink boa and “big underwear,” much to mother Heidi Cruz’s horror (though, to be fair, she always looks slightly horrified).

Most recently, at a Wednesday night rally in South Bend, Indiana, Caroline took off running when her father attempted to make human contact with her onstage. When he manages to catch up with her, she bolts off yet again. 

Look, Caroline, we get it. We don’t want to be anywhere near Ted Cruz either. But you’re okay in our book.