US senator Ted Cruz says he shunned rock music over artists reaction to September 11

Republican Cruz says he stopped listening to rock in 2001 and became a country fan

Republican senator Ted Cruz has said that his taste in music changed following the 9/11 attacks in the US.

Speaking to CBS yesterday (March 24), the Republican senator explained how he “didn’t like how rock music responded” to the attacks in New York and instead switched to listening to country and western.

Cruz said he felt more in common with country artists in the years after 2001.


He said: “Country music collectively, the way they responded, it resonated with me and I have to say, just as a gut level, I had an emotional reaction that says, ‘These are my people.’ And so ever since 2001 I listen to country music, but I’m an odd country music fan because I didn’t listen to it prior to 2001.”

This interview came a day after the Republican officially announced that he would be running for President in 2016.

Cruz is no stranger to controversy, having previously denied the existence of global warming in interviews and spoken in support of a flat tax and repealing ObamaCare.