In Iowa, Ted Cruz Teases Presidential Campaign
DES MOINES, IOWA - “It is really hard to screw up meat on a stick,” Sen. Ted Cruz quipped after taking the stage Des Moines Register stage at the Iowa State Fair on Saturday.
Earlier, Cruz toured the fair, walking through the crowds, shaking hands, seeing the sights, and eating a pork chop on a stick.
It was a familiar scene for a Republican candidate in a presidential election year - but Cruz willingly plunged into the traditional presidential optics two years before Iowa votes in a Republican presidential primary.
Taking the stage, Cruz launched into a speech promoting economic growth and the restoration of the American dream.
That was all it took before a protestor shouted out, “Go back to Canada!”
“Thank you sir, you have a lovely day,” Cruz shot back.
When asked if he’s running for president, Cruz gives a traditional non-answer, but it is clear that his team is building political buzz.
“The book of Ecclesiastes tells us that there’s nothing new under the sun,” he said, pointing to the current malaise under President Obama and comparing it to that of former President Jimmy Carter.
The recent crisis in Iraq, he explained, only emphasized that Obama was failing to lead the United States as a beacon of freedom in the world.
“We are seeing the consequences of the Obama/Clinton foreign policy playing out across the globe, it seems the whole world is on fire right now,” he said, taking a shot at Hillary Clinton’s prominent role in guiding Obama’s foreign policy.
Cruz alluded to a time when Reagan painted the world in bold colors, reminding Iowa that the same revolution was still possible.
“Washington despised Ronald Reagan,” he reminded the audience, “The same thing is happening again.”
Cruz quickly warmed the crowd with a dramatic call to defend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
“Let me tell you the federal government has no business asking the content of our prayers!” he said, highlighting the IRS scandal.
He also promoted the idea of defending the Second Amendment, drawing cheers from the crowd.
“Let me tell you, in Texas, we consider gun control to be hittin’ what you aim at,” he joked.
One member of the crowd, clearly enjoying Cruz’s speech shouted, “Where is your teleprompter?”
“They’re all being used in Washington,” he joked.
After the speech, Cruz spent at least 20 minutes kissing babies, posing for photos, and talking politics with the fairgoers.
Wading through the crowds and followed by photographers, Cruz quickly posed for a picture with the famous Iowa butter cow sculpture before making his way to the Family Leadership Summit at Ames, Iowa.
“Let me tell ya, it’s really hard to go wrong with meat on a stick,” he told a cheering crowd of social conservative grassroots activists, pointing out that he was at the State Fair. “That is fantastic!” he said.
Far from pessimistic, Cruz listed several reasons why American conservatives were still winning important fights in the Obama era - highlighting his role in doing so.
“I am convinced in 2017, with a new president in the White House we will repeal every word of Obamacare!” he said.
Cruz used his dramatic speech to fire away a list of conservative goals.
“We need to stand for life. We need to stand for marriage! We need to abolish the IRS! We need to repeal Obamacare! We need to repeal Common Core!” he cried. “We need to bring back jobs, growth, opportunity, and defend the Constitution!”
With a roar of approval, the crowd gave the Texas senator a standing ovation.