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Ted Cruz Says He Used to Like Rock Music but Now Prefers Country Music Because of 9/11

Ted Cruz.

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On Tuesday, CBS This Morning host Gayle King asked presidential candidate Ted Cruz what kind of music he listens to. Here’s his response.

“You know, music is interesting. I grew up listening to classic rock and I’ll tell you sort of an odd story. My music tastes changed on 9/11. And it’s a very strange—I actually, intellectually, find this very curious, but on 9/11, I didn’t like how rock music responded. And country music collectively, the way they responded, it resonated with me and I have to say, it—just as a gut level, I had an emotional reaction that says, “These are my people.” And so ever since 2001 I listen to country music, but I’m an odd country music fan because I didn’t listen to it prior to 2001.”

Spoken like a normal human being with genuine, relatable interests.


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