U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) once supported President Reagan’s amnesty for illegal aliens back in the 1980’s, but has since stated that he and others made a mistake in doing so. He now supports a piece-meal approach to immigration reform as opposed to a comprehensive approach to fixing the existing immigration problem.
During a brief Q & A with the veteran Senator at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Grassley laid out what he feels first needs to be done in any immigration reform bill and then talks about what he feels his colleague Senator Ted Cruz is doing for the Republican Party:
Beyond what he does in the United States Senate, he is a very clear spokesman—in very few words—of the conservative point of view. And most of us Republicans haven’t… had the capability of making matters clear to the American people as we should. And he can do that, and I thank him for doing that, and we ought to encourage him to do it. He’s helping the Republican Party.
Earlier in the day, and while sporting a pair of snazzy dark brown Cowboy boots to go with his Obama-like “tan” suit jacket, Cruz gave an uplifting “Miracle of America” speech that garnered him a long, full audience-participated standing ovation.
Iowa Republican State Committeeman Jamie Johnson said that while Texas Govnernor Rick Perry and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker gave home run speeches, Cruz had the only grand slam speech.
Johnson said that Cruz was the only one who hit a grand slam.
Speaking of Governor Walker, I asked him when would be a realistic time to announce a presidential candidacy, prompting Walker to say that it would be “midyear.”
When pressed about possibly facing Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney, Walker stated that he was “going to talk about the future, not others.”
Walker is almost definitely running in 2016.