Ted Cruz speaking to Tea Party Express supporters at a rally in Austin, Texas. Photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons.
Ted Cruz speaking to Tea Party Express supporters at a rally in Austin, Texas.
Photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is set to conclude a two-day visit to Southern California Thursday by raising funds for his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination at a luncheon in Newport Beach and guesting on a radio talk show.

Tickets for the luncheon at the Pacific Club are $1,000, according to an invitation obtained by City News Service.

Two of Cruz’s former rivals for the nomination will attend the luncheon, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Hewlett-Packard Chairman and CEO Carly Fiorina, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Cruz is also is scheduled to guest on “John and Ken” on KFI-AM (640) at 5 p.m.

Cruz taped an appearance on the ABC late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Wednesday.

Kimmel introduced the 45-year-old Cruz as “the only person running for president to publicly admit to having been bitten by octopus.”

Early in the interview Cruz recalled spending a summer when he was a law student working at a downtown Los Angeles law firm and “had a terrific time.”

Cruz revealed a high school ambition to move to California to become an actor, but said his parents were “horrified” by the idea.

“They thought it was a disastrous plan,” Cruz said. “I think everything was great except that I didn’t have good looks and I didn’t have talent.”

Cruz and Kimmel sparred over President Barack Obama’s health care law. Cruz called it a  “disaster” that “is killing jobs all across this country.”

Kimmel asked “Is it really a disaster cause it just doesn’t feel like it is? I have not heard one story from a person I know that indicates” that.

Cruz responded “I agree it’s probably not a disaster with millionaire Hollywood movie stars and rock stars, so in the circles that are coming here, it hasn’t been a disaster.

“I just spent the last several days campaigning in Wisconsin. Over and over again I had people come up to me and say, ‘My health insurance premiums went up. They doubled, they tripled. I’ve had to cancel my health insurance because I can’t afford it.”‘

Cruz said in every roundtable discussion he has conducted with small business owners, at least half of them have listed Obama’s health care law as the “single biggest challenge they’re facing.”

Kimmel also questioned Cruz’s call for law enforcement to patrol Muslim neighborhoods.

Cruz said “we need law enforcement to work cooperatively with the community to prevent radicalization and to stop terror attacks before they occur.”

In a second segment, Kimmel emphasized personal questions, getting Cruz to reveal that the first concert he attended was of the Australian rock band Men at Work when he was in junior high school; he has seen all seven “Star Wars” films and Mueslix is his favorite cereal.

—City News Service

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