Ted Cruz swept onto the scene in New Hampshire in his signature style. His outsider label is a brand he proudly wears – and makes no apologies for.
The Tea Party favorite and also the first and only candidate to announce for president had his usual upbeat attitude that he always has had since he became a name on the national front 3 years ago.
“I am amazingly, powerfully, profoundly optimistic,” said the Texas senator, boasting to a cheering crowd at a VFW post that he had raked in $2 million within three days of launching his campaign Monday.
“The New York Times said Cruz cannot win because he is hated by the Washington elites,” Cruz said, and the 150 or more activists erupted. “I gotta admit, I wanted to Xerox that and mail it to all 300 million people.”
Cruz invoked the new rhetoric he unveiled with the launch of his campaign at Liberty University, the world’s largest Christian college. He said he’ll rely on an “army of courageous conservatives” to propel his bid for the GOP nomination.
“This election is going to be about something very, very simple: reigniting the promise of America,” he said.
He promised jobs, growth and opportunity after what he called six years of stagnation — ignoring the rebound since Barack Obama took office in the depths of an economic crisis.
Phil Straight, a state representative from Merrimack whose district Cruz was visiting, carried a sign that read “Republicans: We can do better.” It drew a shout-out from Cruz.
“I like him,” Straight said after Cruz’s 25-minute speech. “He’s a lot like Rick Perry.”
Like many Granite Staters, Straight is not ready to commit 10 months before the primary, adding that he’s also interested in Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, whom Cruz trails in most surveys. Still, he added: “There’s nothing wrong with Cruz that I can see. I like his border stance. I like that he’s an outsider.”
As usual, Cruz spoke without notes, entering the room with a wireless, flesh-color microphone already strapped to his face as he shook hands and posed for photos for 10 minutes on his way to the stage.
He also wore his reputation as an irritant in Washington as a badge of honor.
“You may have heard I’m not exactly the most popular person with congressional leadership,” Cruz said.
He asserted that leaders punished him for his role in the Obamacare budget showdown, which led to a 16-day government shutdown in October 2013, by cutting off campaign donations.
“Checks from Washington, D.C., went to zero, because that’s the way they impose discipline,” he said. “I have been there. It is broken.”
He looked relatively fresh for someone who’d taken part in the Senate’s 16-hour budget marathon, with the last votes cast at nearly 4 am. One of the dozens of votes was on a proposal from Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a 2016 rival, that would have required deep domestic spending cuts to offset a boost on the defense side.
Cruz voted no, citing concerns that the provision would reduce aid to Israel and hurt scientific research and NASA, though he called it a “good-faith effort to solve the problem.”
Asked his views on the Federal Reserve — a topic of huge interest to followers of Paul and his father, former Texas congressman Ron Paul — Cruz took a tough stance.
“What the Fed is doing is profoundly dangerous. The Fed has been debasing our currency,” he said, asserting that the central bank’s policies have helped Wall Street while driving up the price of everything from milk to health insurance.
Looking at the alternatives, what would you rather have? Hillary Clinton, the Benghazi butcher? Would you like to have her running things in DC? Oh, and let’s not forget the glory of seeing Bill as ‘First Lady’. Yuck. I’ll pass on that action.
Ted Cruz just may be what the doctor ordered as far as our liberties are concerned. His no-nonsense, take no crap leadership will surely be a breath of fresh air. He will be able to stand up to enemies, foreign and domestic, and secure our sovereignty. Thank goodness that we have at least one person with a grain of sense running for President!
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Cruz Doubles Fundraising Goals in First Week as Official 2016 Candidate
In his first week as a presidential candidate, Ted Cruz raked in $2 million, doubling his team?s initial goal of $1 million for the time period. The Texas Republican, who officially announced his bid for president on Monday, had pulled in that figure by Thursday night, his aides confirmed. But by beating fundraising expectations this week, the senator was able to project strength as other likely presidential contenders, like Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, move closer to officially joining him in the presidential field.
Written by Katie McGuire. Follow Katie on Twitter @GOPKatie, or email the author at KatieFMcGuire@gmail.com
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