NATIONAL HARBOR, MARYLAND–Texas’ junior senator Ted Cruz delivered an impassioned speech as the opening speaker for the annual CPAC gathering this morning. His remarks focused on two major areas; elections and the young people of America.
Senator Cruz reminded voters to look back at the results of the last four elections to learn what Republicans must do to win future elections. “Let’s look back at the past four elections,” Cruz began, “2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012. The only election we won was 2010, when we stood unequivocally for principle.”
“You win elections by standing for principles and believing that there is a better tomorrow,” Cruz stated. He then asked, “How do we inspire people? Number one we tell the truth.”
“The truth is Washington is corrupt,” Cruz continued. “You are in some of the richest counties in the country. As more and more people make great wealth in Washington, young people, single moms, and small business owners suffer.”
“Real change,” he concluded, “is changing the corruption that is here in Washington, D.C.”
The Senator then transitioned to the young people of American saying, “Who are the two people who most energized young people? [Ronald] Reagan and [Ron] Paul. What did they do? They painted a bold picture of what America can do.”
He contrasted the message of Ronald Reagan and Ron Paul with the results of life for young people under the Obama Administration. “Under President Obama, the American Dream is harder to achieve…. If you were to sit down and hammer the living daylights out of young people, you couldn’t do better than the Obama Administration. Obamacare is a massive wealth transfer. And who the heck is going to pay for our national debt?”
“We need to stop bankrupting our country,” Cruz said. “What we’re doing to our kids and grandkids is morally wrong. If we don’t change course, they will be left working to pay off the debts their parents left them with. We are need to turn this around.”
The Senator concluded his remarks by discussing his new proposal for an American Energy Renaissance. This proposed legislation was the topic of an exclusive Breitbart Texas interview in February. The Senator outlined a positive agenda that includes increasing high-paying jobs in the energy sector, repealing Obamacare, expanding school choice, abolishing the IRS, ending welfare for corporations and auditing the Federal Reserve. Cruz even touched on the politically sensitive issue of term limits.
CPAC is an annual gathering of conservative political activists. The conference opened today and will continue through March 8. Other scheduled speakers from Texas include Sen. John Cornyn who just won the Republican nomination in his re-election bid and Texas Governor Rick Perry. Gov. Perry will address the audience at 9 a.m. (EST) on Friday. Perry will be followed by Sen. Cornyn who speaks at 9:15 a.m. (EST). A live-stream is available courtesy of Breitbart TV.
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