HOOKSETT, N.H. — Sen. Ted Cruz, his voice quiet, stood behind a podium and talked about the death of his sister, who struggled with addiction.
"Her son found her in bed. The coroner ruled it accidental. We'll never know. We just got the call one day that Miriam was gone," an emotional Cruz said after recounting his sister's life. She was a beautiful woman who let a young Cruz pull her hair, but Miriam was angry. She partied hard. She got into a car accident and became addicted to pain pills. She lived in a crack house. Cruz took out a $20,000 cash advance to send her son to military school.