A pro-family activist and former Republican leader says Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) should not be expected to apologize for choosing to be a responsible father and husband.

Media outlets recently went into an uproar when Cruz left for a family vacation to Cancun while his state endured a deadly winter storm. Cruz said he began second-guessing the trip the moment he got on the plane February 17, telling reporters, “It was obviously a mistake, and in hindsight, I wouldn’t have done it.” (Watch related video)

Sen. Cruz reportedly accompanied his family to Cancun after his daughters asked to go on a trip with friends, given that school was canceled for the week. He returned to the United States the next day, though he had originally been scheduled to stay in Mexico through the weekend.

“I am so proud of Senator Cruz for being a good dad, and I think just escorting his daughters on a vacation and then turning around and coming back is sacrificial,” comments Cathie Adams, a former chairman of the Republican Party of Texas. “I don’t look at him as a person who was running away from responsibilities.”

The trip drew criticism from leaders in both parties and is seen as potentially damaging to Cruz’s future political ambitions. But Adams does not see that happening.

“This is not going to hurt the senator’s future aspirations,” she says. “I don’t know what they are at this point. I don’t even know if any decisions have been made of that sort. But why in the world would people be putting him under a magnifying glass when he’s being a responsible dad and a responsible husband?”

Adams submits that if a Democrat politician had done the same thing, then the media would have given him or her a pass.

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