Cruz and Cornyn made a four-day bus tour on Tuesday morning, starting in San Antonio.
In Sun City, Georgetown, some retirees wore military-looking hats and mixed views on "nationalism."
The president's label raised questions for Gary Knoepke, a halved executive He wore an army cap – he served from 1958 to 1965.
"You do not hear that word anymore," he said. "Nationalism can be a negative word."
"I did not understand it that way," he said, although he was surprised by the connotations of white supremacy and belligerence, but he added, "I do not think he does others have thought that the way in which Trump called the term leaves no cause for concern.
"& # 39; nationalism & # 39; is in the mouth of the definer. I would go with America first, "said Dennis Wallace, 70, a retired electrical engineer, and when Trump says," I am also a nationalist.
His father fought War II throughout the world in the Pacific and he does not see Trump promoting anything akin to the dangerous nationalism of Japan, Germany and Italy of that era.
America was and will remain a force for good He said, even though Trump is re-focusing on the home front, "We've helped people who needed help, and we've raised the people we needed to disassemble," Wallace said.
Edward Kennedy, 77, an IBM Retirees serving in the Air Force had no problem with the label, even though the United States has waged wars with nationalists of various origins ̵
"I'm looking at America first. If I'm a nationalist, so be it, "he said.
Trump re-used the term on Tuesday in the White House, talking about the new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada, boasting that his trade policy prevented companies from leaving the United States.
"Call me a" Nationalist "You would like, but I do not want companies to go, I do not want them to fire all their people, go to another country, make a product and send it to our country – tax free "Free, without customs, nothing," he said.