‘Jobs, Freedom, and Security’–Ted Cruz Campaigns with Mike Pence in Michigan

Pence/Cruz Tarmac

PORTAGE, Michigan — Senator Ted Cruz spent Thursday campaigning with vice presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence, and in support of the Trump-Pence ticket, where he narrowed down the election to three issues: “namely jobs, freedom, and security.”

Speaking at the Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Center, Cruz said, “This election is about bringing jobs back to America” adding, “We need to repeal every word of Obamacare.” The crowd went wild and chanted, “Drain the swamp! Drain the swamp!”

Cruz responded in jest, “Now listen: Hillary Clinton is very upset. That’s her home you’re draining.” Cruz had performed well in Michigan during the Republican primary campaign.

Also taking a swipe at the teetering Affordable Care Act, following Cruz’s talk Pence said, “Before we called it Obamacare, they called it Hillarycare.” He added, “We are going to replace it with healthcare reform that gives American people more choices, so they can use the power of the free market to feed the healthcare needs of an American economy.”

Cruz stumped with Pence earlier that same morning in Prole, Iowa where he also cited the importance of upholding and preserving the U.S. Constitution. Cruz guaranteed the crowd that a Clinton presidency would destroy the document’s principles by naming a liberal Supreme Court Justice to the seat that was vacated with the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Cruz said Clinton’s SCOTUS pick would overturn the landmark 2008 District of Columbia vs. Heller ruling, which protects the 2nd Amendment. “If Hillary were to be elected and Heller were overturned, that means no one in Michigan, no one here tonight, no one in America has the right to bear and keep arms.” Cruz later went on to say, “That is radical, that is extreme, and this election is about our freedom.”

Cruz described Pence as “someone who understands the value of freedom and understands the value of the Supreme Court. He’s a good man, he loves his country and today, I call him my friend. But I am looking forward to calling him Mr. Vice President,” Cruz added.

“I’m a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican,” Pence said.

 He apologized for being a bit tardy to the rally, as they had stopped for lunch and joked that “Senator Tim Kaine called and interrupted me 10 times,” referring to the Democrat vice presidential debate.

Pence said that while Clinton may have the media, millions of dollars, and special interests on her side, “Donald Trump and I have something special. We have a basket of Americans who are saying enough is enough. And we are going to make America great again.”

A man in the crowd shouted out, “Bill’s a rapist!”

Pence went on to insist that in his and Trump’s first 100 days in office they are going to pass ethics reform. “We are going to drain the swamp,” he said.

Pence said the world is a more dangerous place today since Clinton and Obama took office, citing the ransom the Obama administration paid to the Iranian regime, which he described as a “terrorist state,” in exchange for American prisoners. Then the candidate blasted the president’s “weak and ineffective policy of leading from behind.”

Pence said, “When Donald Trump becomes president of the  Untied States, we wont be paying ransom.”

Pence asked those gathered to pray for America and not to lose faith in the nation. He sent a message to Republicans that “It’s time to come home. it’s time to come home and elect Donald Trump as President of the United States of America.”

Follow Adelle Nazarian on Twitter and Periscope @AdelleNaz


Please let us know if you're having issues with commenting.