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to. mr. mr. cruz: i ask unanimous consent that my time be extended.mr. cruz: the assumption that voters are making is that they are looking to our experience, they are looking to our knowledge, they are looking towards our temperament and judgment. they are looking towards our clarity of vision and strength of resolve. the world is getting much more dangerous. we have had seven years with barack obama in office as the commander in chief. he is not even trying to technology the enemy we are facing. this is a president who in the wake of terrorist and the wake of san bernardino will not even use the words radical islamic terrorism much less focus on defeating the enemy. i believe we could have anybody on this stage be a much better commander in chief than hillary clinton or pretty sanders. the people here are making an assessment for each of us as to who are better to rebuild our navy, and our air force, our army, our marines, and to make sure that we keep america safe.... text mr. cruz: they are going to go to each of us who is a levelheaded, who has clear vision, who has judgment, who can confront our enemies and who can can want the enemies we face in this country and who can have the judgment went to engage and when not to engage. both are incredibly important for a commander in chief, knowing how to go after our enemy. in the case of iran, for example, who had the cle arance and resolve against the ayatollah to keep america safe against terror?... text mr. cruz: ben is a good and honorable man and ben and candy have been honorable friends. when this transpired, i apologized to him then and i do now, ben, i'm sorry. let me tell you about the fact that i know. cnn reported that ben was not going from iowa to new hampshire to south carolina, rather he was "taking a break from campaigning." they reported that from television, cnn's political reporters, jake tapper and wolf blitzer, and they said it was "highly unusual and highly controversyial." at the time i was at the caucuses getting ready to speak , just like ben was. a couple of hours later, i was told that ben was unhappy. i didn't reach him that evening and i reached him the next day and apologized. is what cnn was reporting. subsequent to that initial report, his campaign put out a statement that said he was not suspending his campaign. i wish that our campaign staff had forwarded that statement. they were unaware of it. i wish they had, that is why i apologize.... text mr. cruz: i would know initially that the fact that we are seeing at this launch that we are seeing this nuclear north korea is a result of the failures of the first clinton administration. the first clinton administration that led to the world relaxing in sanctions against north korea. billions of dollars flowed into north korea and they took those billions and build nuclear weapons. and i would say also that the lead negotiator in that failed deal was a woman named wendy sherman who barack obama and hillary clinton probably recruited to come back and be the lead negotiator with iran. so what we are seeing with north korea is foreshadowing of where we are going to be with iran. in respect with north korea and what we should do now, one of the first things we should do is expand our missile capacity. we should put missile interceptors in south korea. south korea wants them. north korea wants to launch a satellite. one of the greatest risks of satellites is that they would put a nuclear device on the satellite as it would orbit around earth and is and got over the united states, they would set off the weapon and it would set off an emt, which is an electrical pulse. that would kill potentially millions of people on the eastern seaboard. -- intelligence briefings from tonight. i have been in new hampshire. one would have to look at those. this is qualitatively different. your hands are somewhat tied once they have nukes. this is why this iranian nuclear deal is so catastrophic and that is why i pledge on the very first day in office too ripped to shreds this iranian a nuclear deal so we are not sitting here in five years wondering what to do about an iranian missile launch when they have nuclear weapons. the stakes are too high for that. mr. cruz: in terms of a practical solution, i have laid out a most detailed plan for solving a legal immigration. it is 11 pages, chapter and verse, on our webpage, tedcruz.org. we're going to triple the border control and increase and since donald enjoy that, i think i got somebody in mind who could tilde it. we are going to increase fourfold the rotary wing aircraft so that we have technology that would be able to monitor the boots on the ground where they are occurring. we're going to put in place of verifying system in the workplace so you cannot get a job without proving that you live here legally. we will put an entry and exit system on visas because 40% of illegal immigration be happens through visas. we will cut off tax dollars to any jurisdiction that defies federal laws and we will end welfare benefits to those who are here illegally. mr. cruz: what you would do is enforce the law. under the american constitution, the president has an obligation to "take care to exercise this legislation." we saw just this past week that the head of portable troll testified before congress that president obama had given border patrol to stand down and not to enforce the law. that is wrong. i will enforce the law. for everyone who says, you can't possibly do that, i would note that in eight years, bill clinton deported 8 million people, in eight years, george w. bush deported 10 million people, and this presidency, what we are missing is the political will. jobs to american workers. or did you run from it? mr. cruz: -- mr. rubio: we cannot get that legislation passed until the law is enforced. this has been abundantly clear in every effort over the last 10 years to do this copper handsomely and it has failed because the american people have zero trust that the federal government will enforce our laws. that is why i have said that if you are serious about immigration reform, then the key that unlocks the door to be able to do that is not just the path to the law but to actually do it , to hire the 20,000 new border agents, to higher people -- to hire people to finish the fence on the wall. once that is in place and once that is working, i believe the american people will support a very reasonable that responsible approach to people who have been here a long time, who were not dangerous criminals, who are paying taxes and paying fines for what they did.... text mr. cruz: let me talk about two parts of this and let me start with socialized medicine. it is a disaster, it does not work. socialized medicine has put the government in charge of providing medicine and what inevitably happens is rationing. you have a scarcity of doctors and that means you have the elderly who are told that we are going to rationing hip replacement and ration knee replacement and ration end-of-life care. we have a 90,000 doctor shortage in america and socialized medicine, whether proposed by the democrats or the republicans, would hurt the people of this country. what should we do with health care? if i am president, we will repeal every word of obamacare and once we do that we will adopt common sense reforms and we will allow people to purchase health insurance across state lines that will drive down prices and it will extend the availability of low-cost, catastrophic... text insurance. insurance accounts and we will make sure you will lose your health insurance when you lose your job and that way health insurance can be personal, portable, and it will allow the government from not being evil to get in between us and our... text senator cruz: it starts with a commander-in-chief and the objective has to be utterly destroying isis. everything else flows from there. once you set the objective, we have the tools to carry that out. the first tool is overwhelming air power. it is one of the blessings of this united states. we have the ability to use that air power. first persian gulf wall -- persian gulf war was on 1100 attacks a day mr. obama is launching between 13 and 15. it is targeted at command and control locations and infrastructure and communications. it is targeted at all of the rows and ridges and using overwhelming air power. a couple of weeks ago, it was reported that there is a facility open called jihadist university. why is that building still standing? it should be rubble. i would be willing to wait until freshman orientation to be willing to launch those bombs.... text senator cruz: i have visited with veterans over and over again with them in the state of new hampshire. what we are doing to our sons and daughters is immoral. they cannot defend themselves and it is wrong. and i will tell you this. america has always been reluctant to use military force. but, if and when we use it, we should use overwhelming force, kill the enemy and get the hack out. don't engage in nation but allow our soldiers to do their jobs in set of risking their lives with politicians making it impossible for them to accomplish the agenda -- the objective.... text mr. cruz: well, under the definition of torture, no, it's not. under the law, torture is excruciating pain that is equivalent to losing organs and systems, so under the definition of torture, it is not. it is enhanced interrogation, it is vigorous interrogation, but it does not meet the generally recognized definition of torture.... text back? mr. cruz: i would not bring it back in any sort of widespread use. and indeed, i joined with senator mccain in legislation that would prohibit line officers from employing it because i think bad things happen when enhanced interrogation is employed at lower levels. but when it comes to keeping this country safe, the commander in chief has inherent constitutional authority to keep this country safe. and so, if it were necessary to, say, prevent a city from facing an imminent terrorist attack, you can rest assured that as commander in chief, i would use whatever enhanced interrogation methods we could to keep this country safe.... text mr. cruz: well, thank you for that question. you know, there are three avenues of presidential authority to change the direction of this country. the first is executive power, the second is foreign policy, and the third is legislation. executive power, as we all know, has been the preferred vehicle of president obama, abusing his authority, abusing his constitutional authority. now, the silver lining of that is everything done with executive power can be undone with executive power, so i have pledged on day one i will rescind every single illegal and unconstitutional executive action barack obama has done. that means on day one his efforts to restrict the second legal amendment go away with the strike of a pen. that means on day one his illegal executive amnesty goes away with the strike of a pen. the reason i can end common core at the federal level is because obama is abusing executive power using race to the top funds in the department of education to force it on the states. that's one avenue. the second avenue of change is foreign policy, and foreign policy can change the fastest. it's worth remembering that iran released our hostages the day reagan... for me, i understand first-hand. my older sister, myriam, who was my half- sister, struggled her whole life with drug and alcohol addiction. my father and her mom divorced when she was a little girl and she was angry her whole life, and she ended up marrying a man who had been in and out of jail. she then became a single mom and she herself went to jail several times and she ended up spending some time in a crack house. i still remember my father and me driving up to get myriam out of that crack house to try to convince her she needed to be a mom to to my nephew joey. she wasn't willing to listen. she was not willing to change the path she was on. she was angry. i was had just gotten my first job coming out of law school. i took a $20,000 loan on a credit card to put my nephew, joey, in valley forge military academy he was in sixth grade at the time, to pay his way through that. and about five, six years ago, miriam died of an overdose. it was the coroner ruled it accidental. we don't know. she went to one night, had taken too many pills, and joey walked in and found her dead. this is an absolute epidemic. we need leadership to solve it. solving it has to occur at the state and local level with programs like a.a., and counseling, and churches and charities. but it also has to be securing the borders, because you have got mexican cartels that are smuggling vast amounts of heroin into this country. we know how to secure the borders. what is missing is the political will to do it. and as president, i will secure the border, we will end this deluge of drugs that is flowing over our southern border and that is killing americans across this country.... text mr. cruz: well, look, i recognize it is an agonizing experience when anyone is facing a loved loved member who's been kidnapped. but at the same time, putting in place legal regimes that encourage the payment of ransom has the effect of putting a bounty on other americans. there is a reason it has been longstanding u.s. policy that we don't negotiate with terrorists, we don't pay ransoms. if you look at what president obama has done over and over again, whether it was the james bergdahl deal, which was absolutely shameful, releasing five senior taliban terrorists to bring bergdahl back, or whether it was this recent deal with iran, where, again, up to 21 terrorists or potential terrorists were were released or not prosecuted in order to bring back four americans, what that does does is it effectively puts a bounty on american servicemen and women serving abroad, on american tourists traveling abroad. and the proper approach... this country and that goes after goes after the terrorists, rather than showing them weakness and encouraging them to target more americans.... textrecall the -- republican presidential candidate ted cruz on the strategic importance of the united states as an ally in the middle east. this is 20 minutes. mr. sen. cruz:. plus aipac. -- god bless aipac. i am thrilled to be here with you today, and let me say at the outset, perhaps to the surprise of the previous speaker, palestine has not existed since 1948. has continued with missile test falls top including launching a missile with the words printed on it in both hebrew and farsi, "israel should be wiped from the earth." care my words, ayatollah khomeini, if i am president and iran launches a missile test, we will shoot that missile down.senator cruz: well jeff, thank you so much. thank you for your tremendous friendship and leadership. thank you everyone for coming out tonight. god bless the great state of iowa. america. and over who i think the next speaker should be. my answer has been i'm going to stay out of that, that is a decision for house republicans. but i will tell you, whoever the next speaker is, he or she should be a strong conservative, and someone committed to honoring the promises we made to the men and women who elect us. saying we want to name. so finally last week in iowa i said all right, you want to name? i will give you a name. constitution and we are not going to give in. francis was in washington. i have to say it was really extraordinary to sit on the floor of the house of representatives to listen to the pope address a joint session of congress. i will note the week before, or the day before, the press conference at the white house, it got a little awkward. every time the reporters would address a question to your holiness, obama would answer. outlets all across the world reported on this momentous meeting between the world most powerful communist and the president of china. constitutional rights are under assault each and every day from washington. and because america has receded from leadership in the world and it has made the world a much more dangerous place. and yet i am here tonight with a word of hope and encouragement. i want to tell you, all across iowa, all across this country, americans are waking up. and so i want to ask everyone here to look forward. look forward to january, 2017. if i am elected president, let me tell you what i intend to do in my first day in office. the first thing i intend to do is to rescind every single illegal and unconstitutional executive action rate -- executive action. pen. well, you live by the pen, you die by the pen. branch of the federal government . the second thing i intend to do on the first day in office is instruct the united states department of justice to open an investigation into planned parenthood and these horrible videos. organization. department of justice should be to the laws and the constitution of the united states. the third thing i intend to do on the first day in office is instruct the department of justice and the irs, and every other federal agency, that the persecution of religious liberty ends today. hearts, minds, and souls, and their superior officer has nothing to say. administration is currently persecuting, will find that the case against them has been dismissed. deal. the threat of a nuclear iran. we need a commander in chief who stands up and says under no circumstances will we allow iran, a nation led by a the a chronic ayatollah -- a theocratic ayatollah who chance that to america, under no circumstances will they be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons. begin the process of moving the american embassy to jerusalem, the once and eternal capital of israel. the white house they don't do it. what happens is, their team comes to them and says, if we do this it is going to make other folks in the middle east really unhappy. well, if you have not noticed, they are already pretty unhappy with us. and the single biggest difference between me and the other very fine men and women on that debate age is that with me, when i tell you i'm going to do something. i am going to do exactly what i say. term. by the end of eight years there are going to be a whole lot of journalists and newspaper reporters and editors who have checks themselves into therapy -- checks themselves -- checked themselves into therapy. president obama calling. he is very disturbed. he heard that there are a bunch of people here seeking the peaceable overthrow of the government. go to congress, and we will repeal every word of obamacare. insurance personal and portable and affordable, and keeps government from getting in between us and our doctors. in the days that follow i will instruct the united states department of education -- which should be abolished -- the commitments made to our soldiers and sailors and airmen and marines. and bear arms in defense of themselves. going to encounter the business and of firearms wielded by a dozen marines. will pass kate's law. across this country. a few yearsi said, the thing is, you cannot use pesticide on the regulators. said, want to bet? talking about. in the days that follow, i will go to congress and we will pass fundamental tax reform. we will pass a simple, flat tax. we need to padlock that building. take all 90,000 and put them down on our southern border. friends in the media, i say that somewhat tongue in cheek. but, if you think about it, imagine traveling thousands of miles in the blazing sun. you are soaring across the rio grande, and the first thing that you see is 90,000 irs agents. you would turn around and go home, too. makes sense to me. it is basic common sense. live within your means. don't encrypt our kids and grandkids -- don't bankrupt our kids and grandkids. follow the constitution. but, can it be done? can we do it? scripture tells us that there is nothing new under the sun. i think where we are today is very, very much like and late 1970's. the same failed economic policies, the same misery, stagnation, and malaise. the same necklace and naive foreign policy. the exact same countries, russia, and iran, openly laughing at and mocking the president of the united states. now, why is it that that analogy gives me so much hope and optimism? because we know how that story ended. all across this country, millions of men and women rose up and became the reagan revolution. this country around. we went from misery and stagnation to booming economic growth, to millions lifted out of poverty into prosperity and the american dream. we went from our hostages languishing in iran, to winning the cold war and tearing the berlin wall to the ground. why am i so optimistic? because the same thing is happening again. all over this country, men and women are waking up. when we launched this campaign, the new york times promptly opined, ted cruz cannot win. because the washington elites despise him. i kind of thought that was the whole point of the campaign. that things are going great in washington, that we need to keep headed in the same basic direction, just kind of fiddle around the edges, then i am not your guy. i'm a other hand, if you think that washington is fundamentally broken, that there is a bipartisan corruption of career politicians in both parties who get in bed with the lobbyists and special interests and grow and grow and grow government, and we need to bring power out of washington and back to we, the people, that is what that campaign is all about. with ted cruz. but he is not going to have any money. the money is all controlled by the lobbyists and special interests in washington and all of them are backing other candidates in this race. well, just a couple of weeks ago all of the campaigns filed their fundraising reports. out of 17 republican candidates, do you know which campaign has the most money in the bank? we do. dollars. we have more money than jeb bush does. were going to have 3.5 million more dollars than jeb bush, you would have said that i was parked at the moon crazy. but, do know how that happened? that came from over 360,000 contributions. people all over the country going to tedcruz.org. personal to each and every one of us. it is our families. for me, i think about my mom. my mom is irish and italian. born in lincoln, delaware, working-class, blue-collar family. her mom was the second youngest of 17 kids. they were irish catholic. night. should be educated. and he certainly did not think that his daughter should be the first person in the family to go to college. well, my mom stood up to her father, which was not an easy thing to do, and she went to rice university, graduated in 1956 with a degree in math. programmer. if you want to talk about two industries, oil and gas, and computer science, neither of which was welcoming to women, she was at the intersection of both. she is to tell me how she very deliberately did not learn how to type. she said, look, it was the 1950's. i understood the world i was living in. she said, i did not want to be walking down the hallway and have some man stopped me and say, sweetheart, would you type this for me? my mom wanted to smile very, very sweetly and with a clean conscience sake, i would love to help you out, but i don't know how to type. i guess you're going to have to use me as a computer programmer instead. my mom turned 80 asked year. she is a woman of incredible strength of character and perseverance, and she has been a best friend to me my whole life. she is an incredible grandmother to our two little girls, caroline and catherine. then i think about my dad. my dad was born in cuba. he grew up in cuba. as a teenager, he fought in the cuban revolution. he was in prison, he was tortured. he fled cuba in 1957 and came to america at just 18 years old. he cannot speak any english. he had $100. sound into his underwear. he got a job washing dishes. he may $.50 an hour. he worked full-time, paid his way through school, he and my mom went on to start a small business. today, my dad is a pastor and he travels the country preaching the gospel. my whole life, my dad has in my hero. but, you know what i find most incredible about his story? it is how commonplace it is. everyone of us here today, we have a story just like that in our backgrounds. some of us, it is us. others, it is our parents, others it is our great, great, great grandparents. but what ties americans together, each and every one of us, as we are the children of those who risked everything for freedom. and that is why i am so optimistic. because the fundamental dna of what it means to be an american is to value freedom and opportunity above all else. when i was a kid, my dad used to say to me over and over again, when we faced oppression in cuba, i had a place to flee to. if we lose our freedom here, where do we go? that, is why all of us are here tonight. because we are not willing to go quietly into the night. we are not prepared to give up on our children and grandchildren. and mark my words, if we stand together, if we stand as one and defend liberty, if we defend the constitution, if we stand up as we, the people, we can bring back and restore that last, best hope for mankind. that shining city on a hill that is the united states of america. thank you. dodge any question that you would like. borders? a long time you have had politicians talking about doing it, and if you actually look at federal law, federal law is quite robust. the problem is that we have had far too many political leaders who are unwilling to exercise the political will to carry it out. listen, i represent the state of texas, i've and significant time down on that border on this 1200 miles that we share with mexico. it is not secured right now, and it makes no sense. we need to do is we need to triple the border patrol. we need to increase fourfold the aircraft. we need to put in place fences and walls, we need to put in place a strong biometric exit and entry system. we need to put in place ace truong -- a strong verification system. most of that is existing federal law. the problem is that right now we have a president ignores federal law. that will change on day one, and i commit to as president that we will devote every resource possible to securing the borders . we know how to do it, we just need a president that makes it a priority and says we are going to get it done. economic agenda. let me make three simple point in that. number one, for 6.5 years, we have been tracked in stagnation. stagnant economic growth. young people are coming out of school with student loans up to their eyeballs scared of being able to get a job. if i do get a job, will i build any skills? can work toward a career? i understand that firsthand. when i was in high school, my parents went bankrupt. i had to take $100,000 in school and to pay my way through school. i worked two jobs. i just did a my lens five years ago. if we get back to booming economic growth, the kind that always follows when we put in place tax reform and regulatory reform, the kind of growth we saw in the 1980's under ronald reagan, the kind of growth we saw in the 1960's under jfk, the kind of growth we saw in the 1920's under calvin coolidge. it means that young people come out of school and have two or three or four or five job opportunities. you have a brighter future. number two, obamacare. one of the easiest ways to understand obamacare. it is a massive wealth transfer from young, healthy people to everybody else. and young people, one of the reasons that obamacare has plummeted approval rating with young people, if they realize that holy cow, i have to pay for this thing? number three, our national debt. 6.5 years, it has gone from 10 trillion to $18 trillion. larger than our entire economy. who is going to pay for all of that? it is almost like our parents and grandparents went out to vegas, took a credit card in our name, party-ied it up and then stuck as with the bill. young people are the ones that if we do not stop that are doing, the next generation will not spend the coming decade working to meet the challenges of the future. the priorities of the next generation. our kids will spend the rest of their lives working to pay off the debt of their deadbeat parents and grandparents. no generation in history has ever done that to their kids. our parents not to to us. their parents not due to them. so i think in terms of substantive message, the obama economy is not working and it is hammering and people. here is another part of it. it is style. you have to communicate in a way -- would it kill publicans to crack a joke? year ago. i was out in california. the week before i arrived, these posters began appearing all over los angeles. they were posters of my head on a shirtless body. it was ripped. it was covered in tattoos. a giant eagle on my chest. 26 shooters on my abdomen. which were a perfect eight pac. winston churchill on my right bicep. which was huge. a cigarette dangling out of my mouth. and above it, the legend, blacklisted and loving it. these. this is the local street artist who just put them up. we decided, let's have some fun with it. so we posted on facebook a story about these posters. and we said, for whatever reason, these posters have begun appearing all over hollywood. i have to say, i noticed a glaring error. i don't smoke cigarettes. and they enjoyed it. young people laughed and shared it with their friends. that is that we have to do, is we have to energize young people that there is a better future than the one that is right now facing us. yes, sir?... text senator cruz: i like the way you think. to quote the movie "german choir" -- "jerry mcguire" you had me at hello. in terms of energy, we should pursue all of the above. we should pursue everything. we should pursue oil and gas and coal and nuclear and wind and solar and biofuel and ethanol and all across the board we ought to use all of the tremendous resources that we have. you look at what this administration has done, and it is waging a war on energy. it has waged a war on oil and gas. it has waged a war on coal, something fierce. when president obama was just elected, he promised that by the end of his tenure he wanted to bankrupt every coal plant in america. it is one of the few instances that he was actually telling the truth. this makes no sense at all. you look at the so-called clean power regulation, and it is number one, utterly lawless. it is not connected in any way, shape, or form to federal statute. it is an illegal paragraph, and i will tell you as president, we will resend it. what i encourage iowa to stand up and fight, my old boss, before was in the senate, i was the solicitor general of texas. as the chief lawyer for the state in the supreme court. my old boss was great at it. then he was the attorney general. he would describe his job and say i wake up every day, go to work, sue president obama, and then i come home. advise i like to fight on every front. i would tell you my number one priority and the senate is economic growth. my number one priority as president will be economic growth, getting back to the booming growth that lives the opportunity for every american. question. you would like his shirt and the back, it says, i heart fossil fuels. i'm pretty sure that shirt is prohibited by the epa. you have a system where the government is now guaranteeing student months, and it has taken over student months from the private actor. it has shut down every private offer a student loans and it has monopolized it into washington. that creates all of the pressures and higher education to drive tuition higher and higher and higher. a second think obama and menstruation is doing is it is trying to drive out of business for profit colleges and universities. it is targeting them for persecution. apparently, because in the obama dictionary the word prophet is a -- profit is a four letter word. i would not trust any school that would think that their only four letters and profit. the way you drive down college tuition is to create more competition and create an environment where young people have a multitude of options rather than a government controlled monopoly. that is a we need to do is try to empower young people do have a better future going forward. that, right now, is not happening in the obama administration. last question. yes, sir.... text senator cruz: thank you, sir, when a question. i've spent most of my adult life fighting to defend the constitution and the bill of rights. when i was 13 -- 14 years old, i got involved in a group called free enterprise group in houston. i toured the state of texas speaking about the constitution. i want to stand up to fight and defend free-market is in the constitution. i was kind of weird kid. every political candidate if you go to their website they always have an issue age on the second amendment, there is a right to their in a republican primary. on the second amendment, there is a right to their in a in texas or in iowa which is i support the second the second amen dm must you are clinically insane, that is the right answer. now i like to point out a few of my with type one of the first things people notice is we do not have an issue page. i actually don't say i support the second amendment. i don't say a word about what is hidden in the deep recesses of my heart. what we haven't said is a paid label revision record. what it says is for too long politicians of said one thing and another. everyone of us should have any candidate you say you believe this will show me. what if you stood up and fought florida for it one of you,? as the scriptures say, don't know them by their need. within the status of fighting or... text senator cruz: thank you for your earrings and pendant. senator cruz: maye too. senator cruz: thank you for their service. senator cruz: of course. what's your husband's name? senator cruz: put it on video. julie and gary, happy anniversary, i wish you many more years of marital blessings, and always stand for liberty. god bless our great nation. >> god bless you.... text senator cruz: re: melissa? senator cruz: to be fair, we called the game before was over. senator cruz: i think the supreme court is a credibly important, by think there is a real scarcity of presidential candidates. i think the next president will appoint 2, 3, 4 supreme court justices. i think there's more of a coa shortage of people who will defend because attrition. -- defend the constitution.... text senator cruz: good thank you. what's your name? senator cruz: thank you for being here. thank you. senator cruz: veterans are evidence of terrorist threats. thank you sir. did i hear it is someone's birthday? happy birthday. senator cruz: hbd! hold this. >> thank you so much. you are going to pay for this. senator cruz: thank you. senator cruz: sure. good to see you again.senator cruz: thank you for the question. immigration is another issue. i was mentioning on eminent domain how you have washington, where career politicians in both parties are listening to the big-money interests, and there's an unholy alliance. the democrats view illegal immigration and amnesty has more votes. they want to let as many people into this country illegally, make them citizens because they believe they will vote. there is no politically correct -- there is a new politically correct term for illegal aliens, undocumented immigrants. it's not complicated why chuck schumer, president obama, and harry reid want more illegal immigration. the problem with republicans is there are too many establishment republicans in washington who listen to wall street and the big money interests on k street, and their view is, it's cheap labor. the more cheap labor, the better. bring it in. i mentioned last night an article i know you are familiar with in "the wall street journal." arizona a couple years ago put in some very strict laws going after illegal immigration. they were condemned all over the country as being heartless and cruel. groups were boycotting the state of arizona for doing this. the effect of those laws is a whole bunch of illegal immigrants left arizona. they went elsewhere. what this "wall street journal" article was talking about is the effect it has had. public expenditures have dropped hundreds of millions of dollars, the money arizona is spending on prisons, health care, education. all of these have dropped with the illegal immigrants leaving. hundreds of millions of dollars available to provide education and health care to care for the actual citizens of arizona, the americans who are there who are being denied that coverage, denied that care. also, they had a quote from one business owner who had a pepper farm trade he was complaining, when the illegal immigrants left, i had to pay higher wages. he was really upset. this is terrible for me. it really captures the voice from washington. what do you mean, i have to pay higher wages? i had to go out and invent a device to help pick the peppers. i don't think his name is peter piper, but -- he described how he then went to the community college and was paying community college graduates much higher salaries to operate this new farming tool rather than having unskilled illegal immigrants taking it. it described how employment for americans is dropping, how carpenters and construction workers are seeing their wages going up. i think arizona is a great example where in this debate, the people getting left behind are the hard-working men and women of this country. and it's also the legal immigrants, people who come here following the rules, standing in line, waiting in line. they are the ones seeing their wages driven down as well. when it comes to immigration -- i think our immigration laws should put americans first. i have laid out a detailed immigration plan. it's on our website, tedcruz.org. it lays out chapter and verse how we saw this. we will build a wall. i've got someone in mind to build it. is it vincenzo a fox or donald trump? it will be donald, but then he can try to build the ship. we will put in place a strong e-verify system at the work place. we will put in place a biometric system so you cannot overstay your visa. 40% of illegal immigration is people coming on a legal visa and then not leaving. we will and sanctuary cities. you cut off all federal taxpayer money to any sanctuary city. and we will and welfare benefits for those here illegally. -- end welfare benefits for those here illegally. what utter nonsense. they say, a wall doesn't work. if you don't think a wall works, travel to israel. when you are trying to stop hamas terrorists, you have a wall with enforcement. it works. you can spot someone doing attempted incursion and it ate that hard to spot someone carrying -- ain't that hard to spot someone carrying an 11-foot ladder. it's not that we don't know how to do it. what is missing in washington is the political will. democrats don't want to do it and far too many republicans don't want to do it. donald trump has made illegal immigration the core of his campaign. there is more than a little chutzpah in that, given that donald trump, his record on illegal immigration is terrible. donald trump had a $1 million court judgment against him for being part of a conspiracy to hire illegal aliens to build his hotel. mira lago resort in florida, which trombones, it was reported yesterday, brings in hundreds of foreign workers and by and large won't hire americans. there was a striking interview on cnn last night. donald was saying, the reason i bring in foreign workers -- no americans want to be waiters are waitresses or bellhops. what complete nonsense.... text senator cruz: "the new york times" reported that of the 300 americans who applied for those jobs, donald hired 17. go to a tgi friday's. you're telling me no americans want to be waiters? you don't think people want to be waiters at a swanky hotel where people are going to tip in $100 bills? big business wants foreign workers because they can't leave. you can pay them less, they have no choice. they are often like indentured servants. this is the person who's claiming he's going to be the champion of the working man and woman. every deal donald does, whether it is using illegal immigrants to build trump tower, the people who get hammered are the working men and women. he gets rich, and everyone else is left holding the bag. the difference between me and the other people on that stage is when i say something, i'm going to do exactly what i say, and we are going to secure the borders and and illegal immigration.... text fathers to homes? senator cruz: all of us know the deterioration of family in recent decades has been one of the most heartbreaking developments in our society.. the challenges facing single moms, for me it's personal. i come from a family with a lot of single moms. both of my aunts were single moms. my sister was a single mom, and for a period of time, my mom was a single mom. thankfully my father was saved and came back and reunited our family. mom. our prayers need to lift up single parents who are raising kids. raising kids is hard enough with two parents. with one alone having to work, it's unbelievably difficult. the best cure for poverty is a secure two-parent home with a mother and father caring for those children. candidate who says, i'm going to magically wave a wand and fix this, is not being honest with you. many of these are issues for the church, for the community to work and encourage and build strong marriages as the foundation of the family, of the community, of where we live. i do think government policies can be changed so they are not attacking marriage, so they are not undermining marriage. there's a powerful bully pulpit of the presidency to speak out of the virtues of fathers, take responsibility and care for your children. issue i'm a support -- i'm a supporter of sending as much as possible back to the states and local government, having accountability from the people. you're going to change someone's heart and mind -- when i was in college i wrote one of my two junior papers comparing government welfare to charitable and church efforts at caring for people. the church that i attended growing up was a church that had a very big food pantry in ministry with the homeless and the poor in houston. i spend a lot of time interviewing our pastor, a lot of people who work in the food pantry. the incentives are all very different. if you are raising money in a church or charity to provide for people in need, you are not interested in wasting that money. if you see a young, healthy man come in and say, i need help, you will give him some groceries and help him. if that same young man comes in the next week and the next week and the next week and it's just like the grocery store, there comes a point where you say, listen, son, we are not going to feed you the rest of your life. what are the problems you are facing? do you have a job? no? why not? let's work with you on training. do you have drug and alcohol problems. -- problems? my sister, who was a single mom, wrestled with drug and alcohol addiction her whole life and ultimately passed away from an accidental overdose. these are challenges people are facing. so often the answer is, did you know that jesus christ is your lord and savior? that that can transform in a way that 1000 government programs can never touch? level, the better. the philosophy should be that the social safety net should be a travel lane and not a hammock. -- trampoline are not a hammock. my dad spent much of the last couple of days with you guys. underwear. -- sewn into his underwear. he paid his way through school. i try to think of every challenge facing this country, every domestic challenge from the perspective of my dad, how it would have impacted my father. if my dad were washing dishes -- if he was making $.50 an hour, if there were an illegal immigrant willing to come in and wash dishes for $.30 an hour, my dad would've lost that job. he was vulnerable. i've also said many times, thank god that some well-meaning liberal didn't come put his arm around my father and say, let me take care of you, let me make you dependent on government, let me give you a check and sap your self-respect and individual dignity. while i'm at it, don't bother learning english. i respect your culture so much, i will lock you out of the professional and educative classes in this country. it would have been the most damaging things you could do to my dad. i would rather you have taken a two by four unbroken his legs. that would have healed faster than his spirit. the goal of welfare ought to be to get every able-bodied adult off of welfare.... text states? senator cruz: if you look at illegal immigration -- you have legal and illegal. legal good, illegal bad. sometimes the reporters find that confusing. too black and white? senator cruz: i'm reminded of the great interview sonny bono did a few years ago where they ask, what is your view on illegal immigration? he said, well, it's illegal, isn't it? it shouldn't be that complicated. the legal side is not serving the interests of the american workers right now. we need to focus our immigration system. it is one of the great strengths of this country that there are millions and millions if not billions of people across the globe that want to come to america. it is a blessing to be a beacon of hope to this country and it is a strength of this country, but we should use it in a way that benefits us. we should reform our legal immigration system so it is more of a skilled basis that is bringing in people. we have a shortage of doctors. we have a shortage of doctors estimated up to 50,000 fewer doctors then we will need to care for the aging baby boomerers. -- boomers. we need doctors straight they want to be here, let's plug it together in a way that actually cares for the needs and provides for the needs of american workers.... text senator cruz: it shifted so that we get far more of immigration right now is to not on skills, but it is based upon chain migration, based upon one person here who brings another family member, and also, many of those are low skilled workers. the low skilled workers, if they are coming in in large numbers, have the effect of number one, taking jobs, but driving down wages for everyone. at the high skilled level there can be abuse as well. h1b visas, that is a program that in theory i support, the idea of bringing in high skilled workers that will produce jobs and economic growth. but we have seen and practice the h1b program badly abused. for example, we have seen companies like disney, name brand company, bringing in not very high skilled workers, but bringing in medium to low skilled workers, i.t. workers, into this country, then laying off vast numbers of americans. to add insult to injury, forcing those americans to train the foreign workers that were just rot in to take their jobs -- brought in to take their jobs. that was not the purpose of the h1b program. i pledge as president to impose 180 day moratorium on the h1b program to institute a comprehensive investigation and audits of every company that has brought in h1b visas. if they are abusing the program, they will be suspended. if they violated the criminal laws, they will be prosecuted. i have joined with the in introducing legislation to reform the h1b program, to require an advanced degree. if we've got engineers and computer scientists that are high skilled that are going to produce economic growth, that's terrific. that's beneficial for americans. that's the program that ought to be operating, but it should not be taking the jobs of americans who need those jobs. we need to reform that program. i would note that program is very similar to the program that right now today donald trump is using to bring foreign workers in rather than to hire american workers. if you want to ask who has the credibility to actually get this done, i'm the only person on that debate stage who has led the fight on this and will continue to lead the fight on this.... text america. senator cruz: eric, i think that's exactly right. when it comes to religious liberty -- for me it has been a lifelong passion. i've spent the last 20 years of my life fighting to defend religious liberty. it was interesting in the question last night, hugh hewitt asked the other candidates about their views on religious liberty. donald trump said, i will defend religious liberty. but missing from that with any statement about anything he had ever done in over 60 years of living to actually defend religious liberty. not only that, moments later, he said, well listen, we need someone who will be with a dealmaker and compromise with the supreme court justices. i don't what a president who will work out a compromise with harry reid on who's going to go to the supreme court because that will take away our fun mental liberties. -- fundamental liberties. the media belittles the threat to religious liberty. one of the things i've tried to do is we have hosted two very large religious liberty rallies, one in iowa, one in south carolina. we brought in heroes who stood for their faith who have been persecuted. and ordinary people, a t-shirt salesman, a baker, a florist, a soldier, a fireman. they told their stories, and their stories are powerful and moving. one of the great things about religious liberty is that it applies to everyone. it applies to christians, jews, muslims, and atheists. we are a country where everyone of us has the opportunity to live according to our own conscience, and that is a principle that can bring us all together. the media tries to caricature and a christian running for office. i'm not running to be pastor in chief. my object is not as a public official to preach the message of salvation. that is the role of the church. i am running to be commander in chief and to defend the constitution. but i will tell you this, i'm also not going to hide my face. the word tells us if you are ashamed of jesus, he will be ashamed of you. one of the things i've had the opportunity to tell a number of times traveling around is to share my own testimony that i mentioned we flee. when i was a little boy, my parents were living up in canada. you may have heard that. and they weren't christians. when i was 3, my father left. they were both tricking a great deal and my father went down to houston. seven months later my mom and i moved into an apartment just the two of us. she was a single mom. several months later, a colleague from work invited my father to a bible study. and he heard the gospel. at the end of the bible study, they were having prayer time. everyone there had problems. he remembers one woman who described how her son was beating her to get money to buy drugs. yet what my father could not understand is that even with the problems, everyone there had what the word calls a peace that passes understanding. my dad could not get it, but he knew he did not have it and he wanted it. when he left, they gave him a little booklet, the four spiritual laws. they said, what are you read this and come back next week? the next week he came back. they said, did you read the booklet? my father said, it can't be that easy. he asked a bunch of questions. i said, our pastor is coming tomorrow night. why don't you come tomorrow night and asked the pastor? my dad was young, brilliant, scientist come atheist. at 11:00 at night he asked the pastor, what about the man in tibet who has never heard of jesus, what about him? and the pastor wisely just said "raphael, i don't know about the man in tibet. but you've heard of jesus. what is your excuse?" my dad said that hit him like a time of bricks, he fell to his knees and devoted his life to jesus. he went back to my mother and me, reunited my family. months later, my mother became a christian, i became a christian, and it changed the course of our life because one believer was willing to spread the good news. that's the impact we can have.mr. cruz: you take the case to them. i cannot wait to stand on that general election debate stage with hillary clinton. she will inevitably stand up, and like obama, prattle on about economic inequality. i will say to her, it has increased under your policies. i will say a sentence that i suspect has never been said before at cpac. i am not donald trump, so it will not be x-rated. i agree with bernie sanders. bernie sanders talks all the time about --... text mr. cruz: bernie sanders talks about the corruption in washington, how career politicians get in bed with the corporations, lobbyists, and special interests, and how the game is rigged. bernie is right. when he is defining the problem, he is fundamentally correct. if the government is fundamentally corrupt, then the answer ain't let's have more government.... text mr. cruz: we can turn things around overnight. young people are told this is as good as it gets. accept coming out of school drowning in student loans with no hope for a good job. history teaches that is an utter lie. we tell you how as conservatives we get young people. both substance and style. if you sat down and tried to hound the living daylights out of young people, it would be hard to do that more than the obama economic agenda. obamacare is a massive wealth transfer from healthy people to everybody else. $18 trillion in national debt -- who do you think is going to pay for that? we got to make the case. it is like for young people, your parents went to vegas, took out a credit card in your name, partied it up, and stuck you with the bill. we got to speak the truth that this agenda is hammering young people. if republicans are a bunch of old fuddy-duddies with -- yeah.... text mr. cruz: would it kill republicans to crack a joke? mr. cruz: we put out a meme -- break it up. you start a business in your parents' garage. obamanomics -- you move into your parents' garage. the week before i arrived in california, posters began to appear. they were posters of my head on a shirtless body. it was ripped, covered in tattoos, a giant eagle on my chest, two six shooters on my abs, winston churchill on my right bicep, a cigarette dangling out of my mouth, and above it, "blacklisted and loving it." we had nothing to do with this. this was a local artist that decided to have some fun. we said for whatever reason, these posters have begun appearing all over hollywood. i have to say i noticed a glaring error. i do not smoke cigarettes. and people laughed, they had fun, and an interesting thing the media has not reported -- many of the states do not do the exit polls, but those that did, our campaign won young people in the state of iowa. we won young people in the state of south carolina. we won young people in oklahoma, arkansas, and in the great state of texas.... text mr. cruz: i am terrified. mr. cruz: isis -- every militant on the face of the planet should go and join isis. if they wage jihad against the united states, they got to understand they are signing their death warrant. it is interesting, a lot of people in the media characterize strength against our enemies as somehow being a warmonger. i think it is exactly the opposite. i believe like ronald reagan --, peace through strength. i think the weakness of barack obama, in spite of military conflict, it encourages our enemy. let me point out that the nation of iran in 1981 released our hostages the day ronald reagan was sworn into office. that is the difference a strong commander in chief can make, because the ayatollah khomeini realized that ronald reagan was not bluffing. i do not bluff either. when your enemies understand that, more often than not you do not need to use military power. the biggest country ronald reagan invaded in eight years was grenada. that is what happened when america is strong and your enemies understand it, and we can have that again. that is who we are. i want to finally thank everyone here. i ask you to stand with us. this is a grassroots army. the washington, d.c. establishment is terrified of everyone gathered here. if we come together, if we unite, we will win this primary, we will defeat hillary clinton in november. and we will turn this country around, and i have spent my entire life fighting to defend the constitution and bill of rights, and i give you my solemn promise that when i take that oath, to preserve, protect and defend the constitution, that i will faithfully execute that oath every single day in office.... textmr. cruz: sure. appreciate it. nice to meet you. senator cruz: i ran into a group of teenagers and asked them about the simpsons and they had a idea what it was false >> terrible. senator cruz: take you for being here. -- you can vote now. do you want me to sign your book for you? right there?... text senator cruz: thank you very much. senator cruz: thank you. thank you for being here. senator cruz: what is your name? senator cruz: thank you, michaela.senator cruz: i do not know if you heard, they changed the location for the next democratic debate. it is going to be in -- where they wanted to make it easier for hillary to attend. grandchildren. because our constitutional rights are under a fault each and every day. america has proceeded -- made the world and much more dangerous place. i am here today with a word of hope and encouragement to each of you. all across the country, the state of florida, and across the nation, people are waking up. i am here to tell you, help is on the way. if i am elected president, let me tell you what i intend to do on the first day of office. the first thing i intend to do, is resend every single illegal and unconstitutional executive action taken by this president. but if you live by the pen, you die by the pen. my pen has an eraser. sadly, the corruption has not been limited to the white house. it has extended across every federal agency throughout the government. the second thing i intend to do on the first day of office, is instructed united states department -- open an investigation into planned parenthood and these verbal videos. on the first day of office, is instructed the department of justice and the irs and every other federal agency that the persecution of religious liberty ends today. worship god almighty and our superior officer has nothing to say about it. a catholic charity being persecuted by the obama administration will find that the case against them has been dismissed. threat facing this country is the threat of a nuclear iran, and we need a commander in chief who will stand and say under no circumstances will the nation of iran, led by -- under no circumstances will iran be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons. office, is begin the process of moving the american nbc and israel to jerusalem, the eternal capital of israel. that same promise. inevitably, when they get to the white house, they will not do it. their king comes to them and they say, you know, if we do this, other folks in the middle east will be really unhappy with us. if you have not noticed, they are already pretty unhappy with us. the single biggest difference between me and the other verified men and women on that debate stage is that with me, when i tell you i'm going to do something, i am going to do exactly what i said i would do. are going to be a lot of reporters and newspaper editors and journalists that have checked themselves into therapy. obamacare. the government from getting between us and our doctors. by the way, what are these? military. we will honor the commitment made to our soldiers, and airmen, and marines. protecting the rights of our servicemen and women to keep and bear arms. into a recruiting center in chattanooga, he will encounter the business end of firearms wielded by dozens of marines. country. pesticide on the regulators. this old west texas farmer, he said, want to bet? in the days that follow, i will go to congress and we will pass fundamental tax reform. we will pass a simple flat tax. on a postcard. -- we should abolish the irs. we need to padlock that building. take all 90,000 and put them down at the southern border. imagine you have traveled thousands of miles in the blazing sun. you are swimming across the rio grande and the first thing you see is 90,000 irs agents. you would turn around and go home too. follow the constitution. can't it be done? can't we do it? scripture tells us there is nothing new under the sun. look what we are today, it is very much like the late 1970's. same failed economic policies, same miseries, stagnation and malaise. the same naive foreign policy. the exact same countries, russia and iran, openly country, millions of men and women rose up and became the reagan revolution. if you see a candidate who washington embraces, run and hide. it came from the american people and it turned this country around. we went from stagnation, to booming economic growth. millions lifted out of poverty and prosperity and the american dream. we went from our hostages languishing in iran, to winning the cold war and tearing the berlin wall to the ground. same thing is happening again. we are seeing the american people wake up all over the country. six months ago when we launched our campaign for president, "new york times," said crews cannot win because the washington elite despise him. campaign. if you think things in washington are going great, we need to keep handing in the same basic direction. i am not your guy. on the other hand, if you think washington is fundamentally broken, that there is a bipartisan corruption of career politicians in both parties that get in bed with the lobbyists and special interests and grow government. we need to take power out of washington and back to we the people. that is what this campaign is all about. by those washington elites in the lobbyists are all supporting of the candidates in this race. a funny thing happened on the way to the forum a few weeks back. , all the campaigns filed their -- out of the 17 republican candidates who started this race. do you know which campaign has the most money in the bank? we do. contributions. people all over the country going to ted cruz --tedcruz.org. it is tedcruz.org our average contribution with $73. that is the power of the grassroots. that are growing in states that understand the economic growth does not come from government. it comes from the men and women in this room. he come from entrepreneurs and people creating opportunity out of nothing. we are immigrant states, people coming from all over the world to our states. we also share a similar dislike for snow. i like to tell people you cannot shovel sunshine. there is a reason people -- and coming to states like florida and texas because jobs and opportunity and growth and the future is in states like florida and texas. conservative. we are building a grassroots army. across florida and all across this country. i asked everyone here to join us. is not some abstract -- we read about. freedom is a real and personal in our lives, in our families. for me, i think about my dad. 58 years ago -- he came to america with nothing. he was 18 years old and $100 sound into his underwear. he cannot speak english, he watched dishes making $.50 an hour. he worked full time and paid his way through school. he went on with my mother to start a small business. today, my father is a pastor. he traveled the country preaching the gospel. my whole life, my dad has been my hero. do you know what i find most incredible about his story? how commonplace it is. everyone of us here have a story just like that in our backgrounds. some of us, it is a, others it is our parents. others, it is our great, great grandparents. what ties americans together is everyone of us. we are the children of those who risk everything. that is be fundamental dna of what it means to be an american. to value liberty above all else. that is why i am optimistic because we are not going to give up our freedom to an ever-growing federal government. when i was a kid, my dad used to say to me over and over again. when we lost our freedom in cuba , i had a place to flee. if we lose our freedom here, where do we go? that is why each and every one of us is here today. our children and grandchildren. if we continue to come together, if we stand together to defend freedom and the constitution. if we the people rise up as one, we can bring back that last best hope for mankind. that shining city on a hill that is the united states of america. thank you and god bless you. ... text senator cruz: that means that every service man and women has the right to seek out and worship god almighty and our superior officer has nothing to say about it. a catholic charity being persecuted by the obama administration will find that the case against them has been dismissed. catastrophic iranian nuclear deal. threat facing this country is the threat of a nuclear iran, and we need a commander in chief who will stand up in unequivocal terms and say under no circumstances will the nation of iran, led by a theocratic ayatollah who chance "death to america" be allowed to acquire nuclear... text weapons. intend to do on the first day in office, is begin the process of moving the american embassy in israel to jerusalem, the eternal capital of israel. democrats and republicans, have made that same promise. inevitably, when they get to the white house, they will not do it. their team comes to them and they say, you know, if we do this, other folks in the middle east will be really unhappy with us. well, if you have not noticed, they are already pretty unhappy with us. the single biggest difference between me and the other very fine men and women on that debate stage is that with me, when i tell you i'm going to do something, i am going to do exactly what i said i would do. in a year. four years in a presidential term and four years in a second term. by the end of eight years, there are going to be a lot of reporters and newspaper editors and journalists that have checked themselves into therapy. follow, i will go to congress and we will repeal every word of obamacare. , and keeps the government from getting between us and our doctors. by the way, what are these? instruct the u.s. department of education, which should be abolished. made to our soldiers, and airmen, sailors, and marines. the next time a jihadist walks into a recruiting center in chattanooga, he will encounter the business end of firearms wielded by a dozen marines. secure the borders and end sanctuary cities. aliens, and we will pass kate's law. fundamental tax reform. we will pass a simple flat tax. woman can still out there taxes on a postcard. we should abolish the irs. we need to padlock that building.mr. cruz: thank you. where two or more are gathered in his name, he will be with us. how honored and humbled i am to be standing with so many patriots here in this room and with so many heroes who have gathered to tell us their tale of courage. you know, this nation, this nation we love is unique in the annals of the history of the word. we are a nation that was founded by men and women fleeing religious oppression. fleeing kings and monarchs who would opress them, who would tell them who you may worship and who you may not. and men and women fled from all over the world to come to the new world. to seek out a land where every one of us could worship the god, almighty, with our minds and souls, free of the government getting in the way. our nation was founded with the bloody revolution. a bloody revolution that under ordinary reason, had no business succeeding. a hapless group of colonists declared war on the mightest army on the planet and yet with god's providential blessing, america prevailed. fought with guns and bayents. it was the revolution of ideas. for millennia, man had been told that our rights come from kings and queens. handed down like crumbs. by the monarch to be taken away by the win of the monarch. our country began with a fundamentally different proposition, that it does not come from government but from almighty god. powerfully, we hold these truths to be held self-evident that all men are created equal. not by a king, queen, president. they are endowed by their creator. existence. there is a reason why, in the constitution in the bill of rights, the very first protection in the very first amendment in the bill of rights is the freedom of religion. if we cannot worship god, if we cannot live according to our faith, all other liberties fade away. you know, steve talked about the ten commandments case in texas. it concerned a monument that had stood there since 1961. was erected, stood there for decades, disturbing nobody on the state capital grounds until an individual plaintiff, an atheist, a homeless man walked past the monument and decided it offended him and he filed a lawsuit seeking to tear down that monument. when that case when to the united states supreme court, when we argued that case, does anyone know how many times in the courtroom of the united states court, the image of the ten commandments appears? 43 times. that's very good. the cort room, there are two wooden doors and there are two more images. you cannot walk out of the courtroom without seeing the ten commandments directly in front of you. when those justices heard the oral argument, right above their left shoulder was moses holding the 10 commandsuommandcommandments, looking down upon them. now, we won that case. that monument that has stood on the capital ground since 1961. we were one justice away. you want to know what this election is about, we're one justice away from the supreme court saying every statue be torn down. kelly talked about the mojave veterans memorial case, a cross seven feet tall. once again, a plaintiff came and sued. the plaintiff said there image of a cross cannot be seen on federal lands. here in iowa, there's litigation concerning exactly that today. i will say this, the plaintiffs were right on one thing, the cross has power. supreme court and we won that case, also. say this monument to our veterans must be torn to the ground. anyone who's visited arlington cemetery and seen row after row with a cross of a star of daveid, honoring our soldiers who gave the last of the ultimate sacrifice, we're one justice away from the supreme court saying, we must tear those down. and you know, i have to say, these threats have been growing. they have been growing for decades, but never have the threats have been greater to religious liberty than they are right now and here today. . you know, many in the media say these threats don't exist. they're not real. well, the purpose of this gathering is to put a name and a face to these heroes. the purpose of this evening is to tell their stories. you know, there's a reason jesus spoke in parables. because that's how we understand, that's what touches our heart, that's what moves us. so it is my hope that all of us gathered here today, all of the home parties, all of the churches that are watching online, believers across this country will come to know and love these ordinary men and women who were living their lives. they didn't ask for conflict. they didn't ask for confrontation and the government came after them and said choose your faith or obedience to power and they said, i follow a higher power and that is god almighty. stories, i want to start with one that many of you know already. residents of iowa, iowa's own dick and betty. i want to start simply by playing a video and then we're going to invite, at the same time, dick and betty to the stage and have a conversation. let's start the video.... text mr. cruz: let me ask you what a cynic, what a skeptical person might say. which is, why didn't you just give in? what didn't you just agree to allow the same-sex wedding to be celebrating?... text applause] mr. cruz: i suppose the media would say it's an easy thing to roll over and accept it and embrace it and say it's right. yet, your faith wouldn't allow you to do that... text mr. cruz: litigation went on for 18 months. and then you personally paid $5,000, settle the matter. and has there been another wedding? wedge. mr. cruz: and then earlier this month, you closed the business all together? mr. cruz: tell us what that means to you, to close that business, hosting weddings that you loved so much. tell us what that means to the two of you. mr. cruz: i'm convinced you have gone down this journey. you have endured the pain. you have endured the attacks. you have endured the hatred precisely puts you where you are here today for such a time.... text applause] mr. cruz: dick, you talked about not knowing where your friends are. there are 3,000 people from iowa. inspire every one of us to stand with you. thank you. seated. i know you guys are really nervous. let's start with an ice breaker message. raise your hand if you signed up to enlist in a culture war? no? no? all right, so, here's the reason i ask that question, ladies and gentlemen, we have bakers, a florist, shirt maker, military man and a fireman. every day people. everyday people. these are not people that majored in culture war, they're not united states senators, these are just every day people, like all of you in this room. and yet they find themselves on the frontline in the battle for the soul of this culture. i think it's important that all of you in your seats, enjoying your comfort and your air conditioning, you may go home to your farms and businesses and churches and think this could not happen to you. i'd be willing to bet the six people on the stage thought the same thing. this could not happen to them and this could not happen to them. i want to start with you, chief cockran. what made you want to be a fireman? what kind of training does it take? >> i was born in poverty in louisiana and i was one of six kids. my dad left my mother and she raised all six of us by herself. we moved to an alley in a shotgun house. one sunday after church, we heard a siren and there was a fire truck in front of our house. the house across theally from us was on fire and i wanted to be a firefighter when i grew up. there were three things that i thought about as a little kid. i wanted to be a firefighter, i didn't want to be poor. i wanted a family because i realized how awful it was to not have a dad at home. they told us all of our dreams would come true if we believed in and had faith in god and went to school and got a good education. so, they said patriotism in us. in 1981, my childhood dream came true, i became a firefighter. with 18 years, i believe the fire chief. in 2008, i was apointed fire chief in atlanta. i did that for 20 months, then i was apointed by president obama to head the fire administration. i was recruited back to atlanta one year later and served him until january 6 of this year when i was terminated for employment. so my childhood came true and fairy tale career ended.... text senator cruz: many of you here know his story. he is an american citizen. he and his wife and their two children, their family resides in idaho. the pastor traveled to iran. and was sentenced to eight years in prison. for the crime of preaching the gospel. it has been three years that he has been locked up. in an iranian prison. as we think about the threats we face here, it is a powerful reminder of what can happen. tell us about said as a husband and a father.... text senator cruz: when the pastor was first sent to prison, he was sent to a brutal prison in iran. but it turned out for the ayatollah, that it was not good enough. they transferred him to an even worse prison. this is where they keep their death row. it is the worst hell hole the entire iranian prison system. the day that they transferred him, was the day that the iranian ayatollah celebrates. it is a holiday in iran. it is the anniversary of iran taking american citizens hostages in the 1970's. he leads chance -- death to america. that was the day that they transferred the pastor to this prison. how is his health holding up?... text senator cruz: and yet, in the face of this darkness, one of the most extraordinary things is that from that iranian prison cell, pastor said has led numerous of his fellow prisoners and his captors to christ. prison and they walked out. with their captors ready to take their own lives. in god's power. note that today right now, said is not alone in that prison. and you and your children are not alone as your husband is suffering. every one of us here -- we are lifting you up in prayer. we are standing with you. father. if we could play the video.... text senator cruz: please stay with us for one minute. i would like to say something very clearly. president obama -- bring pastor said home. invite each of the heroes to come back to the stage and i want to close this portion of the program in prayer. as we stand together, we welcome each of the heroes that changed -- that shared your story. let me say to the folks at home, to the folks who are watching on live stream, to the folks who are watching in-home groups or church groups -- i would encourage you to please, sign our national petition in defense of religious liberty. it is at the website. tedcruz.org. or you can text the word liberty to the number 41444. tonight, we have seen with these incredible heroes what it means to speak the truth to a world that sometimes refuses to listen to the truth. we have seen what it means to suffer for it both here at home and abroad. all of us must stand for truth. and i would ask each of us to pray together for these heroes and for our nation. and if we would all stand and pray. father god, we come to you today on our knees. celebrating your glory, celebrating the courage and faith of these heroes who follow the teachings of the word, who reflect in the countenance, the redeeming love of our savior jesus christ. and father god, we come here today claiming the promises of the scripture. jesus told us that he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind. to set at liberty those who are oppressed, jesus also said, but whoever denies me before men, him i will also deny before my father who is in heaven.... textmr. cruz: i didn't hear what the question time. mr. mr. cruz: madam president? mr. cruz: madam president? mr. cruz: mr. president? mr. cruz: mr. president? the senator from texas. mr. cruz: i object. the presiding mr. cruz: mr. president?mr. cruz: this letter, i will say, having practiced law is one of the most remarkable letters i've read. mr. trump's lawyers contend that advertisement you just saw is an attempt to materially mislead the public and he provides more detail. he said this attack ad is not only completely disingenuous, but replete with lies, false, defamatory and distractive statements and downright fabrications. the letter goes on to say that add blatantly misrepresents to the public that mr. trump is pro-choice and nothing could be further from the truth. the letter concludes by threatening that if we will not pull down the ad, that mr. trump will seek immediate legal action to prevent the continued broadcast of this ad and to hold me jointly liable for any damages resulting therefrom. i have to say to mr. trump you have been threatening frivolous lawsuits for your entire adult life. even in the annals of frivolous lawsuits, this takes the cake. so, donald, i would encourage you, if you want to file a lawsuit challenging this ad claiming it is defamation, file a lawsuit. it is a remarkable contention that and had that plays video of donald trump speaking on national television is somehow defamation. the operative words in that bad come from donald trump's own mouth and i understand if a candidate has a record like donald trump's, how he could consider anyone pointing to his record to be defamation. if donald trump files lawsuit he threatens in this letter, that lawsuit will be frivolous, and it will result in both donald trump and any lawyer that sciences name to the pleadings being sanctioned in court for filing frivolous litigation. but before the lawsuit ends in sanctions for mr. trump, it will be important to try the merits of the case. any first year law student can tell you, and a defamation case, truth is an absolute defense which means the substance of the case will be whether or not donald trump has been pro-choice. i would note in the ad that we don't say donald is pro-choice. we simply play video of him saying he is very pro-choice and he is pro-choice in every respect. but, if mr. trump follows through on his threat to file a defamation lawsuit, there are at least four data points that will be relevant in litigating this lawsuit. number one, the tim russert interview. his own words on national television are a matter of public record and by definition, repeating someone's own words cannot be defamation. once again, what he said on national television is that he is very pro-choice, he would not been partial-birth abortion, and is pro-choice in every respect. a second data point that would be relevant as mr. trump's statement in august of 2015 that he believes his sister would make a phenomenal supreme court justice. who is his sister? his sister is a court of appeals judge appointed by bill clinton. his sister has an extreme left-wing record on the issue of abortion. his sister is an appellate judge who struck down the new jersey law banning partial board -- partial-birth abortion. new jersey is not a red state, yet donald ross sister concluded it was irrational to ban partial board -- partial-birth abortion. that's a fringe legal of pinion on the x -- a fringe legal opinion of the extreme left on pro-choice. donald trump, not 10 years ago, not 20 years ago, in august of 2015 said he thought his sister would make a phenomenal supreme court justice. i suspect there are a lot of pro-choice democrats who might disagree. a third data point in any litigation where i would remind you mr. trump's lawyer said the ad of blatantly misrepresents to the public he is pro-choice, there can be nothing further from the truth. that donald trump has been pro-choice for the first 60 years of his life are his contributions to democrats. donald's clinical contribution history is truly remarkable. this is a republican presidential candidate who has given money to jimmy carter, to joe biden, to hillary clinton, to tom daschle, to ted kennedy, to harry reid, to chuck schumer, to charlie wrangle, to anthony weiner, to john kerry. you are seeing a panoply of pro-abortion democrats that donald has supported not just once, but for decades, devoting his own money to helping elect and reelect those candidates. for anyone in south carolina who cares about the service of supreme court justices, we know as a fact that donald trump does not care about conservative supreme court justices. why do we know that? because nobody cared about supreme court justices would make contributions to these democrats. that is fundamentally incompatible. you cannot be funding the democrats fighting for liberal judicial activists on the court and claim you actually care about having conservative supreme court justices. the people of south carolina should know if donald trump ever became president, we would see justices consistent with his lifelong pattern of who he supported, that his sister, a radical pro-abortion judge would make a phenomenal supreme court justice. indeed, i would note the daily caller reported that between 1989 and 2010, donald gave $314,300 to, craddick groups -- even in donald's world, that's not chump change. if you look at the 2006 election cycle, when the democrats took over congress, donald and his son donated 77 thousand $200 to the democrats versus only $27,000 for republicans. his excuses he has two by influence because he's a businessman. he's putting his money overwhelmingly demoed a -- on the democratic side. a large share of trump off donations were given to congressional committees dedicated specifically to gaining majority control of congress. that is not buying access, that's not being a businessman of playing the game, that is helping fund the democratic takeover of congress. the people of south carolina think it was a good thing harry reid and nancy pelosi became majority leader and speaker of the house. you can think donald trump for helping fund the political effort to make that happen. i would note that if donald had been unsuccessful in helping democrats get majorities in both houses of congress, we would never have obama. donald trump is a direct cause of obamacare passing. because if either house had remained in republican control, obamacare never would have passed and donald trump helped fund the democratic takeover of both houses of congress. nobody who cares about conservative judges would help fund turning the senate over to the democrats, putting harry reid in charge. a fourth piece of evidence that would be relevant in any defamation actions trump might file is his comment not a year ago, not 20 years ago, his comment four days ago on the debate stage where mr. trump said planned parenthood does do wonderful things. planned parenthood is the nation's largest abortion provider. they are responsible for the deaths over the years of millions of unborn children. being pro-life and supporting planned parenthood are fundamentally incompatible. nobody who is in fact pro-life would utter the word planned parenthood does do wonderful things. i look forward to any lawsuit. one of the things i look forward to most of all is deposing donald trump. for that particular endeavor, i may well not use outside counsel. i may take the definition myself. i will say this -- whether in a position or court of law, getting donald trump under oath under penalty of perjury answering these questions, i will point out it did not work out well for bill clinton. donald trump does not want to be under oath answering questions about his own record because his position quite amply is quite simply that anyone who points to his record is somehow lying. this threatened lawsuit is the very definition of frivolous. donald has had a long career of using great wealth and power trying to bully others and threatening lawsuits has been one tool he has used. the bullying is not going to work here. i will note in addition that both donald trump and marco rubio have followed parallel strategies in this campaign built on two elements -- number 1 -- whenever anyone points to their actual record, the responsive both donald trump and marco rubio is to yell the word liar. whenever anyone does as this ad does and plays the actual words of donald trump on national television, his responses to yell liar. whenever anyone does as i did at the debate to point out donald still supports funding of planned parenthood, his responses to yell liar. when donald continued and send when that i support that, i said -- to which donald responded by repeating on the stage in a republican primary that he thinks planned parenthood does wonderful things. i would ask each of you in the media, have you ever once in a republican presidential campaign seen a republican candidate for president praising planned parenthood on a national debate stage? mind you, he had just called me a liar for saying that was his record stop marco rubio does the same thing. marco rubio is behaving like donald trump. at the debate i made three points -- number one, that marco supports granting citizenship to the 12 million people here illegally. it's a fact he said on the debate stage that he currently supports it and he acknowledged this may not the majority view in my party, but i, marco rubio, supported. he said on meet the press with chuck todd where he said he would grant citizenship to illegal aliens with criminal convictions. the first point i made about immigration is a fact. it is his own record, his own words. the second observation is in florida, he supported granting in-state tuition to illegal aliens. that is a fact. there's no gray area, no interpretation, it is a legislative fact. the third point i made, is marco went on univision in spanish and said on his first day in office, he would not resend president obama's illegal ads. he said this on national television. this bizarre notion that words said on national television don't exist. marco's response was exactly the same -- to yell liar, liar i'm a liar. indeed, to respond how would ted know what i said on univision, he doesn't even speak spanish. as the debate demonstrated, that was another false thing. but he did not answer the substance of anything i said. the fact were true and accurate. instead, marco and donald, their strategy is to simply yell liar, liar, liar. i will say it has been even more unfortunate that both donald and marco, in addition to yelling liar when everyone points to their actual record makes true statements about their policy positions, the second strategy both donald and marco have relied upon is utter fabrications. yesterday, donald trump retweeted his own social media director who claimed senator tom coburn had said i was dishonest. i understand this amplified the attack donald is making. he's been screaming liar anytime someone points to his own record, so it was great to be able to point to someone else someone saying the same thing. there's just one minor detail -- the quote was a complete fake. within a few hours, tom coburn went on the record and said the quote was a "utter fabrication." in response, donald deleted his tweet. his social to me -- a social media director deleted his tweet. then donald went on a run cast and repeated the fabrication after he deleted tweet, after tom coburn said it was a utter fabrication, donald sat on national tv repeating things that are simply made up, that have no basis in truth, that are utter fabrications. that is a new level for presidential politics, and i would note the rubio campaign is doing the same thing. they are, right now, in the closing time of a campaign, not focused on a positive policy agenda, not focused on a sensitive difference between his record in my record, not focused on any accomplishments that mr. rubio has, but instead, devoting all their energy to screaming liar and focusing on two fabrications -- number one, the fake facebook post that was allegedly put up retracting trey gowdy's post. the facebook post was fake. we did not design it. yet the rubio campaign has over and over claimed we did. with zero evidence. falsely attributing misconduct to us with no basis whatsoever other than it did he narrative they would like to drive. and secondly, the rubio campaign is talking about the suppose it push polls that have been going out. i have no idea if there have been push polls or not but our campaign has had nothing to do at that. what is a push poll? a push poll is a poll not conducted to measure public opinion, not did -- not conducted to determine where are the candidates in which messages are resonating. as a typical poll. a push poll goes out very widely and designed to push negative messages to reach lots of voters. often, push polls are pushing information that is nasty and false. i don't know whether there have an push polls in this campaign, but i know our campaign had nothing to do with it. and yet, marco, his campaign sent out 500,000 robo calls with a major campaign surrogate of his. accusing our campaign of being behind the push polls. he was asked today what evidence he had. he had no evidence for that, no basis, whatsoever. it is unfortunate -- his campaign has not gotten the traction he wants. i recognize the rubio campaign is disappointed with the third-place finish in iowa and a fifth-place edition in new hampshire and the consultants running his campaign have apparently made the decision that they are one hope of doing well is to make false attacks with no basis whatsoever -- i will note the one person we know who has done a push poll is senator marco rubio. when you send 500,000 robo calls , you are not trying to measure public opinion, you're trying to push a message. what message was the rubio campaign trying to push? that the cruz campaign was unethically driving these push poll. let's be clear -- how do we know it's marco rubio? the call ends with this was paid for by marco rubio for president. that's how someone responds pointing to evidence. ethics matter. when you have donald trump and marco rubio repeatedly putting forth fabrication, just trying to throw mud and attack, i get that candidates want to tell voters that everyone is dirty and everyone is unethical, but that's not true. their strategy of screaming liar whenever anyone points to their record and relying on fabrications is not indicative of candidates running an honest campaign. with that, i'm happy to answer questions.... text mr. cruz: from the beating of this campaign, we have taken the high road. you have seen attack after attack and i do not respond in kind and i'm not going to. i'm not insulting anybody here. i'm responding with simple fact. mr. trump has sent me a cease-and-desist letter saying stop telling the voters my record. that is objectively legally frivolous. i will point to substance, policy and record and say that should be the bread-and-butter of politics. the insults and falsehoods and fabrications have no business in politics. it is incumbent on all less to speak the truth. i cannot change and impact what i do. my record and the record of donald trump, marco rubio any other campaigners. >> that donald trump is not prepared to be commander-in-chief. that he does not have the basic judgment and temperament to keep this country safe. as we have seen the rise of radical islamic terrorism, that has become the most important determination the voters must make. when donald trump, at one of the prior debates, evidence he did not know what the nuclear triad was, that is a real problem for someone who wants to be commander-in-chief for someone who has no idea about the basic to defend yourselves from nuclear aggression. likewise, justice scalia up a passing this weekend elevated the stakes of this election, that the people of south carolina are asking a very simple question of who do i trust to nominate principled constitutionalists supreme court justices. there's a reason donald trump is attacking this. nobody looking at donald trump's record could believe for a moment that donald would appoint principled, conservative justices. if you look over the past decades, any time a republican nominate a judge with a proven conservative record on the bench, you had a nasty, not down, drag out title. the democrats care about court and will invest all their energy defeating a proven conservative. it is why republican presidents have decided the court didn't matter that much and they would go with a stealth candidate with no record because they are not willing to invest the political capital. the democrats are always willing to invest everything they have in confirming far left-wing justices. if donald ever became president, we know for a fact he would not invest any political capital in confirming a conservative justice because he's been supporting left-wing democrats, writing them checks, many of whose core missions was preventing conservatives from getting to the court. no one who cares about conservative justices could write those checks. i would note the stakes -- we are one liberal justice away from losing our fundamental rights, one justice away from losing our religious liberty, one justice away from the second amendment being written out of the bill of rights. for the people of south carolina, a vote for donald trump is a vote to erase the second amendment from the bill of rights. i would note donald's response for this is to scream liar because that is his response for everything. in this instance, i'm not basing this on a specific statement he has made. he claims he will not, but i am basing it on his lifelong record and reasonable inferences anyone can drop. he says i support the second amendment. he did not support the second amendment when he supported bill clinton's assault weapons ban. but even if you take donald at face value, that he has had a transformation, there is no reason whatsoever to think he would spend the political capital needed to appoint a conservative. which means the only reasonable inference is donald would go for the stealth candidates other republican candidates have and they have turned out to be disasters on the court over and over and over.... text you vote to confirm him? mr. cruz: i would not. i have been very clear that the senate should not confirm any nominee in a lame-duck session. it has been 80 years since the senate confirmed a supreme court nominee nominated during an election year. particularly when the court hangs in the balance, it makes no sense whatsoever to give barack obama the power to jam through a judge in the final election year. voting for a candidate for the d.c. circuit is very different from confirming someone to the u.s. spring court. -- u.s. supreme court. we should make 2016 a referendum on the supreme court. if the democrats want to jam in a liberal activist to undermine the second amendment and take away our religious liberties, we should make that an issue for the american people. and just a few months, the american people are going to get to vote and i will tell you, i cannot wait to stand on that debate stage with hillary clinton or bernie sanders and make the clay -- make the case their vision of the constitution is fundamentally inconsistent with the vision of the american people.... text mr. cruz: those are the president's talking points. i understand their standard -- we should not confirm a justice during election year, particularly with a lawless president who has undermined the constitution at every stage and we had an election, let the people decide. that ought to be something folks in the press would stand for. the people decided in 2014 they wanted a republican senate because of the lawlessness of president obama. elections have consequences. we have a republican senate and any senate would be foolish to confirm a left-wing democratic nominee in an election year which has not happened for a nomination made in 80 years and now is no time... textsenator cruz: thank you. great to see you guys. senator cruz: take care. god bless you. senator cruz: well, thank you, so very, very much. god bless the great state of new hampshire. how about those patriots? brady was framed and i have it on good authority that hillary clinton was responsible. we are at a time when our country is in crisis. we are bankrupting our kids and grandkids. our constitutional rights are under assault each and every day, and america has receded from leadership in the world, and yet i am here tonight with a word of hope and encouragement. all across the state of new hampshire, all across this country, people are waking up. there is an awakening and there is a spirit of revival that is sweeping this country. so, i want to ask everyone here to look forward. look forward to january 2017. i intend to do on the first day in office. the first thing i intend to do is resend every single illegal and unconstitutional executive action taken by this president. just a week ago, president obama signed yet more illegal executive actions, this time trying to undermine our second amendment right to keep and bear arms. he may have a phone and he may have a pen. but if you live by the pen, you die by the pen, and as you rightly noted, my pen has got an eraser. the second thing i intend to do in office --... text senator cruz: oh, he will be out. and if anyone wants to take up a collection to pay for his green fees the next year, i think he does far less damage on the golf course. the second thing i will do, open up an investigation into planned parenthood and these horrible videos. the administration of justice should be blind to party or ideology. the only fidelity of the department of justice should be to the laws and the constitution of the united states. the third thing i intend to do on the first day in office is instructed the department of justice and the irs and every other federal agency that the persecution of religious liberty ends today. that means every service man and woman who has the right to seek out and worship god with all of their minds and their souls and their superior officer has nothing to say about it. the fourth thing i intend to do on the first day in office is ripped to shreds this catastrophic iranian nuclear deal. today, all of us are celebrating the return of five americans from iran. let me say praise god and in particular for the return of the pastor. millions of believers across the planet have been praying for him. i have got to know his wife, who i spoke to briefly yesterday as she and her two little kids have lived without there has been for three years. he was sentenced to eight years in prison for the crime of preaching the gospel. so, we're thrilled he is coming home. at the same time, let me tell you, this deal that was cut -- releasing seven terrorists hoping iran acquire nuclear technology, promising not to prosecute another 14 terrorists -- that is 21 terrorists altogether. we saw that with the bowe bergdahl deal. an individual facing court-martial, and yet the administration released five in your taliban and terrorists in exchange for him, and this is a dangerous signal to the world. it is a sign -- it is frankly an incentive -- for every bad actor on earth to go and kidnap an american. because what we are telling the terrorists is, hey, if you capture an american its let's make a deal with the obama administration. these single greatest national security threat facing the united states is the threat of a nuclear iran. we need a commander-in-chief who will stand up and say unequivocally under no circumstances will the nation of iran, led by a theocratic ayatollah who chants "death to america," under no circumstances will they ever be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons. and every one of us was horrified last week to see 10 american sailors on their knees with their hands on their head, captured by iranians. i will tell you, that image will sum up in one picture the absolute failures of the obama-clinton foreign-policy. i will tell you this. if i am elected president, american sailors will never be on their knees to a foreign power. office is begin the process of moving the american embassy in israel to jerusalem, the once and eternal capital of israel. now that is day one. presidential term, and four years in a second term. every one of those days is going to be spent defending the constitution, as jfk would say - be a whole lot of newspaper reporters and editors and journalists who have checked themselves into therapy. in the days that follow, i will go to congress, and we will repeal every word of obamacare. we will pass commonsense health care reform that makes health insurance personal and portable and keeps government from getting in between us and our doctors. in the days that follow, i will instruct the u.s. department of education that common core ends today. in the days that followed, we will finally, finally, finally secure the borders and end sanctuary cities. everyone of them his going to find their federal taxpayer dollars cut off. and as you rightly noted, we will build a wall. a commander-in-chief who doesn't support them. who sends them into combat with rules of engagement have both arms tied behind their backs. in january 2017 that will end. right to choose his or her doctor. we will protect every service man and woman's right to keep and bear arms. chattanooga he's going to encounter the business and of firearms wielded by a dozen marines. we will have a commander-in-chief who stands up and says to the world we will defeat radical islamic terrorism. we will have a president willing to utter the words radical islam and terrorism. completely destroy isis. the difference between regulators and locusts. the thing is he can't use pesticide on the regulators. this old west texas farmer said wanna bet? we will pass the fundamental tax reform. a simple flat tax. when we do that we should abolish the irs. some of you might be thinking all this makes sense. those words, bernie and common sense, it is like a matter and antimatter universe will cease to exist. i can't say that the you can your means. follow the constitution. can we do it? scripture tells us there is nothing new under the sun. it is very much like in the late 1970's, the jimmy carter administration. the same failed economic policies the same naive foreign policies. the very same countries, russia and iran, openly laughing at and mocking the president of the united states. what is that analogy give me so much hope and optimism? we know how the story ends. millions of men and women rose up and became the reagan revolution. facebook.com/cspanit did not come from washington. washington despised ronald reagan. if you see a candidate washington embraces run and hide. it came from the american people and it turned this country around. we went from misery, stagnation and malaise to booming economic growth to millions lifted out of poverty. we went from hostages languishing in a run to winning the cold war and tearing the berlin wall to the ground. all across this country, people are waking up. when we launched this campaign 10 months ago, the new york times opined, ted cruz cannot win. because the washington elite despise him. i kind of thought that was the whole point of the campaign. listen. if you think that things in washington are doing great that we need to head in the same basic direction and fiddle around the edges, then i am not your guy. on the other hand, if you think that washington is fundamentally broken, that there is a i partisan corruption of career politicians in both parties that get in bed with lobbyists and special interests and grow government, then we need to take power out of washington and back to we the people. that is what this campaign is all about. not some abstract concept we read about in the schoolbook. freedom is real. it is personal in our lives and our family. for me, i think about my dad. my dad was born and raised in cuba and he thought in the cuban revolution growing up. when he was a teenager, he was imprisoned and tortured. he found himself on the floor of the cuban jail cell covered in mud and blood and grime. his nose was broken, his teeth were shattered out of his mouth and he remembers thinking, i don't have any kids, nobody depends on me. it doesn't matter if i live or die. thankfully, god had different plans for my father. he was released from that jail cell and in 1957, my father fled to america. when he got here, he was 18 years old. he could not speaking russian had $100 sony into his own -- sewn into his underwear. he got a job washing dishes. he made $.50 per hour and he worked seven days a week and paid his way through school. he and my mom went on to start a small business together. i grew up in texas as the son of small business owners. i saw the ups and downs and trials of running a small business. today my father is a pastor and he travels the country preaching the gospel. when i was a kid, my dad used to say to me over and over again. when we faced oppression in cuba, i had a place to flee to. if we lose our freedom here, where do we go? that is why all of us are here tonight. we are not willing to go quietly into the night. we are not prepared to give up on our kids and grandkids. the constitution, if we defend the judeo-christian values that built this country, if we stand as we the people, then we will restore that last and best hope for mankind. that shining city on a hill that is united states of america.mr. objection. mr. cruz: i ask that the senate stand adjourned under the previous order.mr. cruz: i think maternity leave is wonderful but i don't think the federal government -- there are also things that are beneficial that the government shouldn't do because i think the constitution matters. it leaves that authority to states and local authorities. we have had 6.5 years of the big government policies and women have been left... text behind. senator cruz: i think we should follow the data and evidence. a lot of states don't look at the data. education? senator cruz: i think school choice is the civil rights issue of the 21st century. i think it is unacceptable the democratic party is standing as a roadblock. every child in america deserves access to excellent schools regardless of race, ethnicity, and wealth. we have never seen a republican candidate for president make school choice a central issue in this national debate. it is my hope at the end of my tenure as president, if i'm elected, that we will see educational opportunities and choices dramatically expanded for every child and parent in america. thank you for being here. do you have a camera? where?... text senator cruz: thank you very much. what is your name? how old are you, craig? you are four? are you having fun at the state fair? senator cruz: are you looking forward to having a deep-fried twinkie? too. senator cruz: thank you very much. god bless you. senator cruz: where is the camera? right here. you are waiting? senator cruz: thank you very much. god bless you. >> thank you so much. senator cruz: my view is i support ethanol. but i don't think the federal but i don't think the federal government should pick winners or losers. that may have been the case 20 years ago. at this point now, there is considerable demand. i think without a federal mandate, that will continue to be demanded by the refiners. it is a competitive market. we don't need it mandated by the federal government. by the way, we have mandates for everything else as well.... text senator cruz: we need subsidies directed at any form of energy. you. senator cruz: i like your cowboy boots. they are really pretty. what is your name? senator cruz: how old are you? you are four? eating corn. senator cruz: is that your brother? good to see you. senator cruz: by the way, i follow you on twitter. senator cruz: i'm on my iphone constantly on twitter. illinois, jacksonville. senator cruz: hold on. we will do the picture. what is your name? senator cruz: thank you very much. thank you. thank you very much, sir. god bless you. senator cruz: sure. what is your name? senator cruz: we need to end the corruption of career politicians in both parties who get in bed with lobbyists. we need a president who will take on the lobbyists and get government out of picking winners and losers.... text answer? senator cruz: both of those, absolutely. take something like taxes. there are more words the i.r.s. code than in the bible. it is a classic tool of the washington cartel because they carve out loopholes. they get in because the lobbyists push for it. and they in turn give campaign contributions. one of the best reasons to have a flat tax, because if you have a flat tax it means when a lobbyist or small business owner comes to washington, a politician cannot extract favors because you pay the same taxes everyone else. and my hope is to get back to an arena where washington plays less of a role in our lives every day and we empower instead hard-working americans.... text senator cruz: i will say if i were to make a list of things i never thought would exist, that would be very high on the list. >> thank you, senator cruz. senator cruz: i don't how much of a secret he is. he has been my hero my whole life. 6-7 days a week, he is traveling the country. he has a real heart for ministry and encouraging them to stand up and lead. you know my dad is 76 years old. , he has a tougher schedule and tougher than most anyone i know, and he is having more fun than anyone else. because he is sharing stories. when you have seen freedom taken away as a child, it makes it very real and personal because you know what it means to lose it.... text senator cruz: scripture commands scripture. you cannot be light if you are hidden under a bushel. we are also commanded as christians to be watchmen. of the law. and what i am encouraging there , are about 90 million 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anna. u senator u cruz u hey, u anna. : >> u thank u you. u senator u cruz: u thank u you u for u being u here. >> u we u will u be u at u the u rally u tonight.... text senator cruz: hold on. senator cruz: very good to see you, sir. god bless you. it is good to see you. senator cruz: fantastic. the energy we are seeing is incredible. senator cruz: sure. what did you do to your hand? senator cruz: hope you feel better soon. senator cruz: fantastic. thank you for being here. i just gave a speech outlining all five things i'm going to do. thank you for coming out. beverly. senator cruz: thank you for being here. do. senator cruz: thank you very much. thank you, sir. god bless you. how old are you? fist bump. excellent. this is your brother? it is good to see you. what is your name? are you having fun at the state fair?... text senator cruz: thank you very much. what is your name? very good to see you. where are you from? very good. are you in school? senator cruz: how has the state fair been? senator cruz: thanks for coming. what is your name? nolan, good to see you. are you a baseball player? do you have a 100-mile-an-hour fastball? are you a pitcher? nolan ryan had an arm on him that was something else. stick with it. i saw him play.... text senator cruz: thank you for your hard work. what is your name? senator cruz: i like your shirt. that is good advice. i'm going to visit with the grassroots. i am happy to do it. see you later. we are headed this way? senator cruz: it will take longer than that. absolutely. senator cruz: the white thing? senator cruz: there we go. where? good to see you. you got it. i was talking to candy. favorite bible verse? "i can do all things through christ who strengthens me." isaiah 40:31. it is hard to pick one. is. thank you. senator cruz: god bless you. senator cruz: how are you doing? what is your name? i like your shirt. senator cruz: thank you. i appreciate it very much. people are waking up. i'm very encouraged. i definitely will. take care. how are you doing, sir? good to see you.... text a picture? senator cruz: what is your name? caitlin good to see you. , senator cruz: sure. >> why should i vote for you? senator cruz: because what we are doing does not make sense and we need a conservative. more than anything what i have , tried to do in office is tell the truth.... text i hope so, too. senator cruz: thank you, allen. what is your name? right here. senator cruz: excellent. senator cruz: how are you doing, sir? >> we will do all of them. here is your donut. senator cruz: thank you. how are you doing, ma'am? senator cruz: how are you doing, sir? how are you doing? lia, i like your pretty pink hat. how old are you? senator cruz: are you having fun here with mom and dad? are you having fun at the state fair? spider-man! senator cruz: let me shake your hand, connor. i like spiderman. can i get a fist bump? do you like spiderman? that is ok. i'm glad you're here. you know what? amanda, he is precious.... text you. senator cruz: good to meet you. what is your name? senator cruz: amelia, how old are you? happy birthday in two days. are you going to have a party? cake and ice cream? perfect. you are doing them both. what grade are you in?... text senator cruz: you are going to be in fifth. have you started school yet? i have two daughters. and my oldest is seven. caroline, she started day before yesterday. are you having fun at the state fair? what is your favorite part? the food? what is the best? what should i try? excellent. you know what i'm going to do? i'm going to hey, rob. noel, how old are you? senator cruz: how old are you? senator cruz: is this your brother? you just turned nine? when was your birthday? july 24. happy birthday. did you have a big party for your sister's birthday?... text senator cruz: how about you? what is your name? senator cruz: that is awesome. i have two little girls. caroline is seven. she is going into second grade. and hannah is four, and she is going to start kindergarten next year. i think those are awesome ages. yes, they are with their mommy right now. their mommy is back in houston with both girls. actually caroline started second , grade on wednesday, just two days ago. so she is in school right now. do you start monday? what grade are you in?... text senator cruz: that is the way it goes. you guys want to get a picture together? you can stand up and i will come down. senator cruz: excellent. thank you very much. good to see you. senator cruz: what is your name? good to see you. are you in school together? what grade? third? awesome. i like your matching pink shirts. what is your name?... text senator cruz: where are we looking? which camera? senator cruz: if you look at the last. where we have had this kind of stagnation, historically cents world war ii, the economy has grown 3.3%. coming out of the carter ministration, and if you look at the last time we faced this stagnation, how we turned it around. reagan came in a 1981, he pursued tax reform and regulatory reform. the result was incredibly great economic reform. the economy was growing 7.2%. if you want to turn things around for farmers, we need robust economic growth. with a reduction of taxes and booming economic growth, that would drive up demand. you have to do both. reduce costs, increase demand. and the way to do that is to bring back jobs and opportunities.... text senator cruz: it will take a lot of people to get it done. senator cruz: absolutely. i tell you what, give them your card. he will e-mail it to you. my prayers will be with you. my mother is a breast cancer survivor. it is amazing how more and more people are beating that disease. praise god. i'm glad you're here. what is your name?... text senator cruz: thank you for coming out. thank you, carter. praise god. my mother is a 15-year survivor. senator cruz: thank you. we're going to do it together. i want to help everyone of those families. senator cruz: thank you for serving your country. what is your name? senator cruz: do you want to get a picture, olivia? thank you sir, what is your name? senator cruz: most of the big cities are governed by democrats. they have democratic mayors and city councils. there are a lot of cities that have become sanctuary cities within athem. we see the consequences, horrifically and san francisco. the leaders have essentially invited illegal aliens to come to the city.... textmr. cruz: mr. president? mr. cruz: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent to vitiate the quorum call. mr. cruz: i ask unanimous consent to vitiate the quorum call.mr. cruz: mr. president? the presiding officer:senator cruz: well, thank you very much for the kind introduction and it's been great spending time with ed and alyssa and their wonderful, wonderful family. it's so great to be with so many dear friends here this morning. i'd like to begin by just remembering those who were murdered in sbernsbern -- san bernardino yesterday. i would ask if we could observe a moment of silence in their honor.... text senator cruz: at this point, the details of what happened in san bernardino are still unclear, but our prayers are with the families of those who were murdered, of those who were shot and all of us are deeply concerned that this is yet another manifestation of terrorism, radical islamic terrorism here at home. coming on the wake of the terror attack in paris, this horrific murder underscores that we are at a time of war. whether or not the current administration realizes it or is willing to acknowledge it, our enemies are at war with us, and i believe this nation needs a wartime president to defend it. in american leadership, that he doesn't believe in america winning, quote, i don't have time for that. you know, i got to say, f.d.r. and j.f.k. and ronald reagan were spinning in their graves to hear an american president say he doesn't believe in american leadership or america winning. i'll tell you, when it comes to radical islamic terrorism, i think our strategy to borrow a page from ronald reagan and the cold war should be very simple, we win, they lose. keep this nation safe. the first is speak the truth. from the obama administration has gone beyond the point of ridiculous. when the president stands up and says, the islamic state isn't islamic -- introducing -- gillibrand in introducing a resolution saying it was a war crime. that resolution passed both houses of congress unanimously as we came together to speak the truth. likewise, following the terrorist attack that occurred in fort hood over five years ago, the obama administration refused to speak the truth, refused to acknowledge that nadal hassan, who had communicated with anwr al-awlaki, a known radical cleric, who asked about the permissiblity about waving jihad, who walked through fort hood and yelled alud akbar, the obama administration characterized that instead as workplace violence. one of the things i'm most proud about my tenure in the senate is that i introduced the legislation to mandate that the purple heart be awarded to those soldiers who were murdered. legislation. yet, i'm proud to say on the senate armed services committee, i was able to earn the support of both republicans and democrats. we passed it into law in december, and in april i was at the ceremony where those purple hearts were awarded and to each of the family members i simply shook their hands, looked them in the eyes and said, i'm sorry. i'm sorry it took five years to acknowledge the sacrifice of your loved one. you know, when it comes to speaking the truth, this administration does precisely the opposite. we have a president right now who at times operates as an apologist for radical islamic terrorists. now, i don't use that word lightly. the word apologist is someone that gives a rationalization, the justification. i was at the last national prayer breakfast, you recall the day before isis had lit a jordanian pilot on fire. the king of jordan, who was supposed to attend the prayer breakfast, had to fly back to jordan and president obama gave a speech in which he said, yes, isis commits terrorist attacks but so do christians and so do jews. and he then invoked the crusades and the inc. wigs. now -- inquisition. now, last i checked, those ended about 900 years ago, and i don't think it's asking too much for the president of the united states to stay in the current millennium. arguments that the terrorists use. it isn't beneficial when the secretary of state, john kerry -- you know him well. three. senate floor and called for kerry's resignation. and i would note that we need more senators, both republicans and democrats, that likewise call for accountability when the secretary of state uses language that undermines the safety and security of our allies. all of us knew early in the obama administration, there are warning signs when in the opening week the president sent back to the united kingdom the bust of winston churchill. that was just a foreshadowing of things to come. after seven years we have not seen an administration more antagonistic and hostile to the nation of israel in the history of this country. if i'd suggested to you six years ago that the elected prime minister of israel would come to america, would address a joint session of congress, and he would be boycotted by the president of the united states, the vice president of the united states and every member of the cabinet, our friends in the media would have dismissed that as crazy conspiracy talk. that would never happen. i'll tell you, on the eve of that speech, i organized a panel discussion with elie wiesel to discuss the threat of the iranian nuclear deal. elie weisel wanted that to be a bipartisan discussion. so i invited one democrat after another democrat after another democrat after another democrat, we invited roughly a dozen democrats and not a single democrat was willing to stand on a stage with elie weisel and discuss the iranian nuclear deal. i will tell you it was truly humbling and powerful to be on that stage with a man who has seen the face of evil and can speak with a moral gravity that when he said, as he did, that never again must mean never again and the one threat of that happening is a nuclear iran. when hamas murdered three israeli teenagers, i joined with new jersey democrat bob me then december to introdution -- to introduce legislation providing a $500,000 reward for the terrorist who kidnapped naftali fran tell. that passed the senate and thankfully they captured the terrorist before the house could take it up. just in the past couple of weeks, i put together a bipartisan coalition soft some 30 senators to write to the e.u. to pose their plan to require -- to oppose their plan to require labeling on the products coming out of israel. and i have pledged that if i'm elected president, on the very first day in office, we will begin the profwess -- process of moving the american embassy to jerusalem, the once and eternal capital of israel. momentum behind it, in a cruz administration, any university that supports the b.d.s. movement will find its federal funds stripped away. and the third thing we need is we need to defeat our enemies. not to weaken them, not to degrate them but to defeat them. two years ago, the nation of iran named their ambassador to the united nations hamid ab udalabi a known terrorist who participated in holding americans hostage. everyone in this town said, this is terrible, there's nothing we can do. i introduced legislation barring him and other known terrorists from coming to america. it passed the senate 100-0. it passed the house 435-0. and president obama signed it into law. part of the feeting our enemies is understanding who they are. and that means not going down the misguided foreign policy of barack obama and hillary clinton and unfortunately too many republicans in this town. in 2009, hillary clinton and barack obama led the effort to topple the government in libya. the consequence of that, libya has been handed over to radical islamic terrorists fighting in a war zone. short think thereafter, the obama administration led the effort to topple mubarak in egypt. the consequence of that, the muslim brotherhood a terrorist organization became the government in egypt. and now we see the obama administration with the support of politicians in both parties trying to topple the government in syria with no plan for what will replace it. if we are to defeat our enemies we need to be clear-eyed. that toppling a government and allowing radical islamic terrorists to take over a nation is not benefiting our national security interests. putting istiss or al qaeda or the muslim brotherhood in charge of yet another state in the middle east is not benefiting our national security. instead, we need a president who focuses clearly and says we will utterly destroy isis. who makes abundantly clear to any militant on the face of the earth if you go and join isis, if you wage jihad against the united states of america, you are signing your death warrant. and then finally, we have the iranian nuclear deal. if i am elected president, i have pledged on the very first day in office to rip to shreds this catastrophic iranian nuclear deal. you don't understand, we need to wait and see if we can trust the iranians. let me tell you what. i do trust the iranians. when the ayatollah khomeini burns american and israeli flags and says death to america, i trust him that he means it. and i believe in peace through strength. we are facing a moment like munich in 1938. and president obama, like chamberlain, has come back from tehran promising peace in our time. yet history has not been kind to those who have facilitated the gathering storm of homicidal maniacs who tell us they want to kill us. the next president needs to have the fortitude to say to the ayatollah khomeini in no uncertain terms, either you will stop your nuclear weapons program or we will stop it for you. eerily similar to the late 1970's. the parallels between barack obama and jimmy carter are uncanny. the same failed economic policies, the same misery, stagnation, and malaise, the same feckless and nay eve foreign policy. in fact, the exact same countries, russia and iran. openly laughing at and mocking the president of the united states. i believe this next election, 2016, is going to be an election like 1980 that we are going to win by painting in bold colors and not pale pastels. stage for the reagan revolution, which came from millions of americans across this country. it was a grass roots movement. it didn't come from washington. washington despised reagan. it came from the american people and it transformed this country and the word of optimism i will give you is the same thing is happening all over this country. people are waking up incredibly and when it comes to foreign policy, the difference a strong president can make is underscored by the simple fact that this very same nation, the nation of iran, released our hostages the day ronald reagan was sworn into office. and with that, i'm happy to answer or dodge any question you like.... text senator cruz: i'll say two things, when the media asks, gosh, aren't you like barack obama, my reaction to reporters is, i thought you thought that was a good thing? last i checked, he won two presidential elections. and listen, barack obama is not a bad president because he was a senator. barack obama is a bad president because he's an unmitigated socialist who won't stand up and defend the united states of america. and at the two moments that had the greatest impacts on human liberty, i would suggest it was 1980, the election of ronald reagan, and in 2008, the election of barack obama. the first in a positive way, the second in a very negative way. they shared something in common. both reagan and obama believed profoundly in their principles, had the courage to fight for them. when barack obama said he wanted to fundamentally transform this country, he meant it. and the damage that has been done in the last seven years is enormous and i believe the only way to undo the damage is if republican -- is as republicans we need to nominate a candidate for president as committed to conservative principles as barack obama is to liberal principles.... text for you? senator cruz: that's a question that comes up a lot. the simple raality is to win. every one of us wants to win. at this point desperately. it's not just a question of our team winning, it's a question of saving this country. i believe the stakes have never been higher than they are right now. that we are at the edge of a precipice, we're bankrupting our kids and grandkids, the safety and security of this country is hanging in the balance. if we continue another four or eight more years down this road, we will lose this country. so we should all look with a stone cold seriousness at how we win. now in washington, there are political consultants who tell us over and over and over again, the way you run is -- the way you win is you run to the middle. and this is no longer an abstract theory. we have now beta tested this theory. and every time we follow that advice we get clobbered. it doesn't work. and the reason it doesn't work is very simple. if you compare 2004, the last race we won nationally, to 2008 and 2012, the biggest difference is the millions upon millions of conservative voters who showed up in 2004, who stayed home in 2008 and stayed home in bigger numbers in 2012. and i believe if we're going to win, the central question in this general election is how do you motivate and inspire and bring back to the polls the 54 million evangelical christians who stayed home in 2012? how do you motivate and bring back to the polls the reagan democrat the blue collar catholics across the midwest and up into new england who stayed home in the polls? and the one thing that is abundantly clear is if we nominate another candidate, in the mold of obab dole, or a john mccain, or a mitt romney. all of whom are good, honorable, decent men, who love this country, but what they did didn't work. and if we do it again, the same millions of voters who stayed home in 2008 and 2012 will stay home in 2016 and hillary becomes the next president. so how do we win? if you look since world war ii, the only republicans who have ever won have won -- have run on all three legs of the conservative stool. they have run as fiscal conservatives, social conservatives and national security conservatives. if you chop off one of those legs, we don't get to 51%. so the trick is to speak in a way that energizes, so for example you asked about the question of life. i'll tell you the context in which i most like to discuss life, and that is the little sisters of the poor. the little sisters of the poor are a catholic charity of nuns who have taken voufs poverty. they spend their lives taking care of the poor and elderly. right now the obama administration is litigating against the little sisters of the poor, trying to force the nuns to pay for abortion inducing drugs in others. aye joked before a really good rule of thumb if you're lit gating against nuns, you've probably done something wrong. if we focus on values that unify us, that wring us -- that bring us together, bringing back jobs and growth and opportunity, defending our constitutional rights and restoring america's leadership in the world, that in 1980 is how the reagan revolution rose up. it's what brought millions of people to the polls who had never voted again and it's what we're seeing happening now. there is a reason why in six months, we've had over 500,000 contributions at tedcruz.org. our average contribution is $63. there is a reason why when we dorallies, a couple of weeks ago we were in kalamazoo, michigan, 9:00 a.m. on a monday morning, in a hockey rink, 800 people came out, almost all reagan democrats. irish catholic union members, working men and women, the people getting hammered by the obama economy. if we're going to win, we run a populist campaign of hardworking men and women who want to believe again in the promise of america and we run it against the bipartisan corruption of washington that hillary clinton embodies. let me say one final thing, matt, which is, i cannot wait to stand on a debate stage with hillary clinton. there's a reason there's only one republican in the last 50 years who has a group of democrats named after him. reagan democrats. we need to nominate a candidate who has the clarity to stand up and say, if you vote for hillary clinton, you are voting for the ayatollah khomeini to have nuclear weapons. and if you vote for me, iran will never have nuclear weapons. if you vote for hillary clinton, you're voting for 12 million people who are here illegally to be granted amnesty. if you vote for me, we'll secure the border and stop illegal immigration. if you vote for hillary, you are voting for obamacare to be a permanent feature of our economy in perpetuity. if you vote for me, we will repeal every word of obamacare. that i believe is how we win with a cheerful, clear, meaningful distinction that makes a difference to working men and women across this country. matt: thank you, senator.mr. cruz: mr. president? the senator from texas. mr. cruz: i ask unanimous consent that the quorum call be set aside. mr. cruz: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from texas. mr. cruz:mr. cruz: i ask unanimous consent that the quorum callmr. cruz: mr. president? the presiding mr. cruz: i ask unanimous consent that the quorum call be set aside. the presiding officer:mr. cruz: mr. president? mr. cruz: i ask unanimous consent that the quorum call be vitiated. mr. cruz: mr. president? mr. cruz: mr. president? expired. mr. cruz: -- as the other nations.the senator from texas. mr. cruz: i ask unanimous consent that the quorum call be set aside with. heard. mr. cruz: madammr. cruz: mr. mr. cruz: i would note the absence of a quorum. mr. cruz: i ask unanimous consent to vitiate the mr. cruz: mr. president? the senator from texas. mr. cruz: i would note, it is sad that the democratic leader chooses to stand with violent criminal illegal aliens instead ofof the american citizens. but even sad certificate that he impugns -- but even sadder is that he impugns illegal immigrants. when the democratic leader suggests that incarcerating aggravated felons, murderers and rapists to illegally reenter this country is somehow a sleight to immigrants, well, mr. president, i am a son of an illegal immigrant. for the democratic leader to cynically suggest that somehow immigrants should be lumped into the same bucket with murderers and rapists demonstrates the cynicism of the modern democratic party, demonstrates just how oust touch the modern democratic party is. you know who doesn't agree with the democratic leader? the voters of san francisco. i would venture to say, all almost all of whom consider themselves democrats but voted out the sheriff for saying the same thing that the democratic leader said, for saying that the democratic party stands stands with violent felon illegal immigrants instead of american citizens. let's listen to what the democratic leader just said. it would cost too much. if it costs too much to lock up murderers, rapists, kidnappers, then you know what? -- we need to spend the money it needs to lock up every single murderer we can. i am sorry that the democratic party doesn't want to spend the money to lounge lock up murderers and apparently it is cheaper to lose our sons and daughters. i think we have the resources to lock up murderers, and there should be no confusion where the party stands. the democratic leader suggested that locking up aggravated felons is somehow disrespectful to immigrants. with all respect, as the son of an immigrant, i believe that immigrants who come here legally, who aren't criminals, should be treated markedly different from murderers and rapists. and yet the democratic party chooses to stand with the murderers and rachets and violent -- and rapists and violent criminals. that is unfortunate, indeed. mr. president, i'd now like to turn to a second matter. this is a matter i have raised a number of times on the senate floor and intend to continue raising. it is the matter of the human rights abuses in the people's republic of china. i'd like to talk about some specific examples, starting with the one-child policy. i want to talk to you about phen yi yanmaei. pr officials forced phen, who was seven months pregnant with theirher daughter, to undergoing an abortion, while her husband was at work, five family planning officials abducting ms. phen. when she couldn't pay the fine of 4,000 rumembi, they restrained her. as her husband recounted, quote, "at the hospital, they held her down. they covered her head with a pillowcase. she couldn't do anything because they were restraining her." the so-called medics forced her to -- quote -- "sign an abortion consent form" by inking her thumb and forcing it against the paper. then they proceeded to inject toxins into the brain of her unborn dawmplet daughter. after the injection, she suffered excruciating contractionscontractions until june 4. then having received no anecessary theetia, she gave birth to a did he seed child. she said, i could feel the baby gorping around inside me all the time. but then she went still. it was much more painful than my first childbirth. the baby was lifeless. she was all purple and blue. in an act of heartlessness that is difficult to comprehend, the so-called doctors who performed this abortion left the lifeless bodies of phen's 7-month-old baby on the bed beside her, leaving a bereeved mother with nothing but the sight of what could have been. her father-in-law rushed to the hospital but family planning officials prevented him from seeing phen until after the abortion. after seeing her mother for the first time after her forced abortion, phen's eldest daughter innocently inquired, "what happened to your tummy?" where did the baby go? reggie little john, a world renowned human rights activist who broke the story in the united states, stated in the wake of this tragic story -- quote -- ," this is an outrage. no legitimate government would commit or tolerate such an act." china is among the leading nations in suicide rates. and it is the only nation where more women commit suicide than men. a large contributing factor to this morose distinction is the totalitarian one-child policy. one... text floor. mr. cruz: mr. president? mr. cruz: mr. president? question? mr. cruz: i would be happy