Ted Cruz Says Americans Have Plenty of Reasons to Be Optimistic

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Saturday insisted that American voters have plenty of reasons to be optimistic, he said at a stop in the important presidential state of Iowa.

Speaking at the Iowa State Fair, Cruz said that grassroots conservatives would wrest the country back from President Obama and Democrats – much the way they did from President Jimmy Carter more than three decades ago.

“All across this country, people are waking up,” said Cruz, long rumored to be considering a 2016 presidential bid. “And they’re waking up to bring America back to the principles we have been founded on. There is a better way than the path we are on.”

In his roughly 20-minute talk, Cruz bounced between sharp criticism of Obama and ways that the GOP can get the U.S. back on the right track. He spoke seriously about his policy proposals, but also took a light touch with apparent hecklers and talked up Iowa fair favorites like a cow statue made of butter.

“Thank you, sir,” Cruz shouted back at one point. “Appreciate you exercising your First Amendment rights.”

The state fair speech was just Cruz’s latest appearance outside his home state of Texas, with another speech on the docket later on Saturday at the Iowa Family Leadership Summit.

It comes just after Cruz again proved to be a thorn in GOP leaders’ side in the debate over the child immigrant crisis, with Democrats going so far as charging that the Texas Republican essentially ran the House.

To regain the majority in Washington, Cruz said conservatives needed to champion economic growth and contrast their proposals with Obama’s economic record; protect constitutional liberties, from First Amendment protections of speech to Fourth Amendment protections of privacy; and stand up more to foreign leaders like President Vladimir Putin of Russia.

“It reminds you of a new diet that’s really quite popular in Washington these days. It’s called the Obama diet,” Cruz said after mentioning both the butter cow and a pork chop on a stick. “You just let Putin eat your lunch every day.”

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SOURCE: The Hill
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