MSNBC: Amid drug epidemic, Cruz offers family stories but few solutions

February 4, 2016 | Jane C. Timm

Ted Cruz

HOOKSETT, New Hampshire – Sen. Ted Cruz got unusually personal on the campaign trail Thursday, talking about his sister Miriam’s battle and eventual death from drug addiction to voters in a state that’s been ravaged by heroin addiction. 

Cruz described how he watched his sister struggle from his youth – when she would steal his saved-up allowance to feed her addictions – to his adulthood, when he took out a $20,000 cash allowance on a credit card to put his nephew into boarding school while she was living in a crack den. He told of how he watched her go through the ups and downs of addiction and temporary recovery.

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