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
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
intelligence briefings from
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
god bless the great state of
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
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
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
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
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
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
begin the process of moving the american embassy to jerusalem,
the once and eternal capital of
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
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 bear arms in defense of themselves.
going to encounter the business and of firearms wielded by a
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
you can pay them less, they have
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
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
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
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
candidate who says, i'm going to
magically wave a wand and fix this, is not being honest with
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
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
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? 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.
-- 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
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
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
-- 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
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
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
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
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
-- 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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
, 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
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
conservative. we are building a grassroots
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
catastrophic iranian nuclear
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
, 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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
with that, i'm happy to answer
questions.... text mr. cruz: from the beating of
this campaign, we have taken the
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
i can't say that the you can
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
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
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
not some abstract concept we
read about in the schoolbook. freedom is real.
it is personal in our lives and
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
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
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
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
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,
senator cruz: hold on. we will do the picture. what is your name? senator cruz: thank you very much.
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
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
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
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
evangelicals, 30% of the
population. the last election,
54 million evangelicals -- it is
my hope the body of christ will stand up and vote biblical
: >> u
tonight.... text senator cruz: hold on. senator cruz: very good to see
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
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."
it is hard to pick one. is.
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.
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
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
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?
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
so she is in school right now.
do you start monday?
what grade are you in?... text senator cruz: that is the way it
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
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
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
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
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
arguments that the terrorists
it isn't beneficial when the
secretary of state, john kerry
-- you know him well.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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