Star-Telegram (Sunday) - - Lo­cal & Texas -

lun­cheon for the Irv­ing­based In­sti­tute for Pol­icy In­no­va­tion think tank.

“I saw the mo­tor­cade pass about 15 min­utes be­fore it hap­pened.”

Cruz was 24 then, the fa­ther of 2-year-old and 1-year-old daugh­ters Miriam, now de­ceased, and Rox­ana.

He re­mem­bered spe­cific de­tails. He was hav­ing lunch with co-work­ers at a restau­rant named the Mu­sic Box on Cedar Springs Road.

“I was hav­ing lunch at that restau­rant and we came out­side and stood on the side­walk,” he said.

A check with the Dal­las Pub­lic Li­brary shows the Mu­sic Box in­deed as at 2538 Cedar Springs Road, near Routh Street.

It was on the pres­i­den­tial mo­tor­cade route from Love Field along Lem­mon Av­enue, Tur­tle Creek Boule­vard, Cedar Springs Road and Har­wood Street to Main Street and then Elm Street past the Texas School Book De­pos­i­tory.

The el­der Cruz is an evan­ge­list and trans­la­tor or­dained in 2004 by Cop­pell-based Min­is­te­rios Mundo de Fe (“word of faith”), a net­work of charis­matic, non­de­nom­i­na­tional churches.

Like us all, I’m sure he has told his mem­ory of that day dozens of times. But as far I can tell, he never told re­porters.

(I’ve al­ways said that if Rafael Cruz re­ally had a good story to tell about the as­sas­si­na­tion, he would have been telling it in the pul­pit long ago.)

The En­quirer’s role in the Trump cam­paign and the pres­i­dent’s per­sonal friend­ship with En­quirer chair­man David Pecker are still com­ing into fo­cus. Both re­main the sub­ject of un­re­lated in­ves­ti­ga­tions into whether cam­paign pay­ments went un­re­ported to two women who say they had af­fairs with the Pres­i­dent.

A re­cent Huff­in­g­ton Post re­port re­told in de­tail “The Na­tional En­quirer’s Plot To As­sas­si­nate Ted Cruz’s Can­di­dacy.”

Staffers told the Post they were stunned that any­one would even be­lieve the silly story.

Rick Tyler, Cruz’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor early in that cam­paign, is also quoted in the Post.

“What we’ve learned from Trump,” he said, is “if you re­peat the lie of­ten enough, there’s a scary amount of peo­ple who will be­lieve it.”

Some­how, Rafael Cruz for­gave it.

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