The communications director for Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said remarks by Cruz's father that President Obama should go "back to Kenya" were taken out of context.
Newly surfaced videos from a speech given in April 2012 appear to show Rafael Cruz, an evangelical pastor, lambasting so-called death panels he said were part of Obama's healthcare reform law, CNN reported Wednesday.
The speech, the location of which wasn't reported, was given during the younger's Cruz's Senate campaign in Texas and Obama's re-election campaign.
"We need to send Barack Obama back to Chicago," Rafael Cruz says in the video. "Back to Kenya."
Clips from the video were recently published by left-leaning news organization Mother Jones, creating controversy for Ted Cruz, who recently received national attention as he spearheaded a push by conservatives, including a 21-hour Senate filibuster, to defund the Affordable Care Act.
The younger Cruz's communications director Sean Rushton offered a statement to Mother Jones in response to the video.
"These selective quotes, taken out of context, mischaracterize the substance of Pastor Cruz's message. Like many Americans, he feels America is on the wrong track," Rushton said. "Pastor Cruz does not speak for the Senator."
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Original headline: Sen. Ted Cruz's father in 2012: Send Obama 'back to Kenya'
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