The delta smelt is a nearly extinct freshwater fish that has become an icon of California’s drought crisis. But Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz suggested that state officials only need to play some romantic tunes to make the fish feel more inclined to mate.
“You put up a disco ball, you play some Barry White, you let nature take its course,” the Texas senator said at the Republican Party Convention in Burlingame. “If you increase the population for fisheries, 20 percent, 30 percent, you ought to be able to go with sending that water on to the farms and ranches in California who need it. That’s a win-win.”
“Now I am sure it drives our friends in the media crazy when I observe that, in my experience, three-inch fish go great with cheese and crackers,” Cruz said in his speech.