Cruz began his lunch speech by asking God to bless North Carolina. Senator Cruz then thanked the audience for electing Tillis to the US Senate, thus helping end Harry Reid’s interminable reign as Senate Majority Leader. Cruz joked that he and Tillis had been in Washington DC all week, so he was glad to finally be back in America.
Cruz said he was focused on economic growth, tax reform, and regulatory reform. As President he would push for a flat income tax with minimum deductions, so he could slash the size of the IRS (or as he cracks, “abolish the IRS” and reassign them to guarding our southern border). He would repeal Obamacare, which he called the biggest job killer in America. He wants to reform health insurance so that it’s “personal, portable, and affordable”. He also wants to repeal Common Core.
Cruz mentioned his father, tortured as a teenager during Cuba’s Revolution, who came to America with only $100 sown into his underwear. Now a pastor, his father was the epitome of the American Dream.
Senator Cruz also promised to always fight for religious freedom which, after all, is why so many Europeans came to the New World in the first place. He argued that this issue cut across party lines. He recounted how appalled he was when Houston’s Mayor Annise Parker tried to subpoena pastors’ sermons to search for evidence of homophobia
Cruz positioned himself as a strong supporter of the Bill of Rights, particularly the Second and Tenth Amendments, which he felt were given short shrift these days.
Cruz wants to restore America’s position as leader of the free world, which means we must defeat Islamic terrorism and prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons. Cruz noted the similarities between the Obama and Jimmy Carter administrations: domestically we’re again suffering economic stagnation and malaise, while overseas we’re again mocked and bullied by Russia and Iran.
Cruz was hopeful, though, that just as the Carter presidency led to Reagan’s election as President, Obama’s presidency would lead to a great new conservative US President. Cruz reminded the audience that while all the GOP candidates for President claimed to be conservative, we should look to see which candidates’ actions lived up to their rhetoric..