CPAC: Does Ted Cruz love America?Posted by Holly Fraser on February 26, 2015
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), a tea party favorite and potential contender for president in 2016 walked out to address a completely packed audience on Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Greeted by enthusiastic applause that went on for several minutes, he showed his appreciation to the crowd with his first words: “Wow! God bless CPAC!”
Cruz shared several original jokes, including that Hillary Clinton couldn’t be here at CPAC today because she couldn’t find foreign money to pay for it.
Cruz spoke about what candidates will often say to get elected and urged voters to “Demand action, not talk.” Continuing along those lines, the junior senator from Texas essentially encouraged us to ask candidates, put simply, prove it.
If a candidate tells you they oppose Obamacare, terrific! When have you stood up and fought against it?
If a candidate tells you they oppose Amnesty, terrific! When have you stood up and fought against it?
Continuing this line of questioning, Cruz hit every major concern issue within the Republican base. The First amendment, the right to keep and bear arms, pro-life, marriage, standing with Israel, opposing Iran in acquiring nuclear capacity and Common core. “Actions speak far far louder than words. We need to look to people who walk the walk, and talk the talk.”
Cruz believes that the greatest divide in our nation is not between two political parties.
Biggest divide we have in this country is between career politicians in Washington and the American people.
The party matters only if we stand for liberty and the constitution and the American people.
After much applause and approval from the audience, Cruz ended his speech by asking the audience if they stand for principle to text “constitution” to 33733.
Following his speech, he then took a few Q & A’s from Sean Hannity, as both joked together. Hannity did an impression of President Bill Clinton while asking Cruz his opinion to describe the former president. Cruz replied, “Youth outreach.”
Moving on to more serious questions, Hannity asked what would be his top five issues as a president?
- Repeal Obamacare
- Abolish the IRS
- Stop the EPA
- Defend the Constitution
- Restore global leadership
The inevitable question of gay marriage was asked, and Cruz responded that he believes the power belongs with the state to decide, not the federal government. Bringing up the liberal media, Cruz was asked if he is eligible to be president, since he was born in Canada. Since his mother is a U.S. citizen by birth, as per the constitution, Cruz can run for president. Hannity’s final question: Why does Ted love America?
“This country is the greatest country in the history of the world. A haven for freedom. Speaking of his father’s journey fleeing communist Cuba, “He came to America. No nation on earth has allowed people to come with nothing and achieve anything!”
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