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Cruz Makes An Outstanding First Impression in Iowa
The Iowa Republican ^ | July 22 2013 | Craig Robinson

Posted on 07/23/2013 12:48:26 AM PDT by iowamark

Texas Senator Ted Cruz might only be in the first year of his first term in U.S. Senate, but he is already igniting the imaginations of Iowa Republicans who view him as strong presidential candidate in 2016 should he choose to run.

Cruz was in Des Moines on Friday to address the Iowa Renewal Project, an annual weekend gathering of Iowa pastors and religious leaders. Cruz also attended a picnic fundraiser for the Republican Party of Iowa, and met with Republican activists and operatives during his first foray into Iowa.

Cruz downplayed the significance of his trip to Iowa in an interview with ABC News’ Jonathan Karl. In response to a question about whether or not he is ready to run for president in 2016, Cruz told Karl, “We are having a national debate about which direction the country should go…and what I am doing now is trying to participate in that national debate. I’m not focused on the politics…the last office I was elected to was student council. So this has been a bit of a whirlwind.”

Still, Cruz’s first trip to Iowa had many Republicans salivating, and by all accounts, there is no other way to describe his first trip to Iowa as anything but a huge success. What was remarkable about Cruz’s visit was his willingness and ability to interact with a wide array of Iowa Republicans, not just the pastors at the Iowa Renewal project and the 50 people who attended the Republican Party of Iowa luncheon.

Cruz held court in the lobby of the downtown Des Moines Marriott for nearly two hours. That is where he recorded an interview with ABC’s Sunday morning news show, This Week, and where he also sat down for an interview with TheIowaRepublican.com. Additionally, he had lengthy conversations with conservative activist Chuck Laudner and GOP operative Nick Ryan.

The lobby was chock-full of well-known Republicans. Some of which were attending the Iowa Renewal event like Bob Vander Plaats and Jamie Johnson, while others like Brenna Findley were just there to have a brief conversation with him. Cruz’s Iowa chaperone for the day shouldn’t be overlooked either. For years, Becky Beach has helped members of the Bush family traverse Iowa’s political waters, but more recently, she has helped Sarah Palin, and now Cruz. Beach’s contacts will help Cruz meet a more diverse set of Iowa Republican activists, not just the strong social conservatives that he naturally attracts.

Other notable Iowa politicos also helped Cruz make the most of his first trip to Iowa, but perhaps the most impressive thing about his first Iowa trip was his ability to get so many different operatives to assist him. The 2016 race won’t begin in earnest until the 2014 elections are in the books, but it is a rarity for so many different people to lend a helping hand to a single politician making his maiden voyage into the state. If anything, it might suggest that Cruz could be a unifying candidate should he choose to run for President in 2016.

Cruz on immigration reform

In his 2012 campaign for one of Texas’ U.S. Senate seats, Cruz campaigned to triple the amount of boarder agents in the field. He also opposed creating a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants and opposes the DREAM Act, which would provide illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children a path to permanent residency if they attend college or serve in the military. Cruz has stuck to his guns on these issues since getting elected. He has been an outspoken opponent of the immigration bill that passed a few weeks ago, and offered amendments to strengthen border patrol.

TheIowaRepublican.com asked Sen. Cruz to briefly describe why he opposed the bill, and what needs to be done to secure the boarder.

Cruz believes Obamacare can be defunded in 73 days.

Last week, Sen. Cruz authored a simple bill that would defund Obamacare. Iowa Congressman Steve King has championed the same legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives in previous years. TheIowaRepublican.com asked Cruz why is he introduced this bill in the Senate and if it has any chance of passing. Cruz answered, “Yes, and we can do it in 73 days.” Watch the video to hear him explain how it can happen.

Cruz believes Republicans can win Iowa U.S. Senate seat

Having won a contested U.S. Senate primary in the state of Texas, TheIowaRepublican.com asked Cruz what advice he would give the Republican candidates running for the U.S. Senate in Iowa. His advice to Iowans is to demand a strong, principled conservative who will defend free market principles and who will defend the constitution.

Cruz praises Iowa Caucuses

It never hurts to get potential presidential candidates on the record about the importance of the Iowa Caucuses.

Cruz Outshines Sen. Rand Paul at Renewal Event

Another potential 2016 Republican Presidential candidate was in Iowa to speak at the same even as Cruz, but Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul didn’t make the same type of splash as his colleague from Texas.

Chuck Laudner, a longtime conservative activist who has long been associated with Congressman Steve King and who helped Rick Santorum win the 2012 caucuses, was impressed by the freshman Senator from Texas.

“Cruz took questions and covered a wide range of issues, while Paul used a teleprompter, took no questions, and didn’t address marriage,” Laudner told TheIowaRepublican.com. “Cruz really separated himself at the Renewal in describing his successes at the US Supreme Court on social issues. Cruz’s speech better reflected the attitudes in the crowd, as well as the overall message of the event,” he concluded.

Sen. Paul leads in the early Iowa preference polls, but if the media coverage that Cruz received is any indication, Cruz may be his main rival. On Friday, Rand Paul seemed like an afterthought while Cruz occupied the spotlight.

Cruz is scheduled to be back in the state in the next few weeks. He will be a headline speaker at The FAMiLY Leader’s Leadership Summit in Ames.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Iowa; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: beckybeach; bobvanderplaats; brennafindley; chucklaudner; dreamact; iowa; jamiejohnson; jonathankarl; marcorubio; naturalborncuban; nickryan; randsconcerntrolls; renewalproject; ricksantorum; sarahpalin; steveking; tedcruz; texas
Video clips at the link.
1 posted on 07/23/2013 12:48:27 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark

We need fresh faces in the GOP if it is to survive—men with ideas and drive—not the same old thing. No more old faces but new people—outside of the box.


2 posted on 07/23/2013 1:04:21 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: iowamark

Thank you so much for this article!


3 posted on 07/23/2013 1:20:35 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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Senator Cruz ROCKS!

4 posted on 07/23/2013 1:21:04 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: onyx

He surely does.


5 posted on 07/23/2013 1:25:19 AM PDT by txhurl ('The DOG ate my homework. That homework, too. ALL my homework. OK?' - POSHITUS)
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To: onyx

So does his DAD!!


6 posted on 07/23/2013 2:56:09 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: iowamark

From the article:

‘. . . boarder agents. . . ‘

What is a ‘boarder’ agent?

Even a great president could not alone get us out of our own way as we continue ro allow public school to turn generations into illiterate idiots led by the journalists of the rinted media that they produce.

He could allow us to fix it but there’s a lot of work to do after BO gets out of our way


7 posted on 07/23/2013 4:16:30 AM PDT by stanne
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To: stanne

Printed

Okay

But that’s from my cell phone and not from a publication with copyeditors and spell check


8 posted on 07/23/2013 4:18:57 AM PDT by stanne
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To: txhurl; onyx
ditto!
9 posted on 07/23/2013 5:13:57 AM PDT by Guenevere (....)
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To: Guenevere

I think Cruz’s chances are so good we can go ahead and start calling him President in our own minds. Doesn’t that feel great? President Cruz?


10 posted on 07/23/2013 8:08:41 AM PDT by txhurl ('The DOG ate my homework. That homework, too. ALL my homework. OK?' - POSHITUS)
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To: txhurl
I think Cruz’s chances are so good we can go ahead and start calling him President in our own minds.

*Awaits birther circular firing squad*

11 posted on 07/23/2013 10:12:50 AM PDT by Lakeshark (KILL THE BILL! CALL. FAX. WRITE)
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To: Lakeshark

Cruz is scheduled to be back in the state in the next few weeks. He will be a headline speaker at The FAMiLY Leader’s Leadership Summit in Ames.


This confirms for me he’s running. Perry’s got a problem.
One thing @$$hole Rove has right: you need 40+% of the hispanic vote and probably 50% these days factoring in fraud. We need to start watching Cruz polls closely if they’re ever taken.

This article switches me from Walker/Cruz to Cruz/Walker. Would Cruz pick Paul for VP? He might have to in order to pick up Rand’s dad’s voters. At any rate, we need to nip Krispy Kreme in the bud, like now.


12 posted on 07/23/2013 11:01:15 AM PDT by txhurl ('The DOG ate my homework. That homework, too. ALL my homework. OK?' - POSHITUS)
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To: iowamark

My biggest issue with Cruz is that rookie Senators with no real executive experience don’t make great Presidential material (see Obama as a case in point). That said, I think he has a lot of positives that outweigh that.


13 posted on 07/23/2013 11:04:28 AM PDT by kevkrom (It's not "immigration reform", it's an "amnesty bill". Take back the language!)
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To: txhurl
In order to nip Krispy Kreme in the bud, we'll need to get Jeb, Paul Ryan, and Rubio to all run in order to split the RINO vote........

A man can dream, can't he?

:-)

14 posted on 07/23/2013 11:51:32 AM PDT by Lakeshark (KILL THE BILL! CALL. FAX. WRITE)
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To: txhurl

Do you mean Scott (I’m for amnesty now) Walker?


15 posted on 07/23/2013 11:55:31 AM PDT by Guenevere (....)
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To: Guenevere

That was debunked about 3 days after it was floated.


16 posted on 07/23/2013 12:08:09 PM PDT by txhurl ('The DOG ate my homework. That homework, too. ALL my homework. OK?' - POSHITUS)
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To: txhurl
Are you sure?.....I thought I saw it on video.

I want to believe you are right.....I don't want to be disappointed in him.

17 posted on 07/23/2013 3:07:17 PM PDT by Guenevere (....)
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To: txhurl
This article switches me from Walker/Cruz to Cruz/Walker.

Works for me. Even though Walker has the executive experience, he folded like a cheap suit on obamacare in his state, and I believe Cruz is head and shoulders above Walker intellectually - and I really do like Walker and would vote for him in a heartbeat. But I'll vote for Cruz in half a one.

18 posted on 07/23/2013 3:12:50 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: iowamark

-— Cruz’s speech better reflected the attitudes in the crowd, as well as the overall message of the event,” -——

Paul has his place, but Cruz is the man.


19 posted on 07/23/2013 3:19:31 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Guenevere

There’s at least on thread on it... how fast for me to find it? :)


20 posted on 07/23/2013 3:22:19 PM PDT by txhurl ('The DOG ate my homework. That homework, too. ALL my homework. OK?' - POSHITUS)
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To: Lakeshark
*Awaits birther circular firing squad*

And all of those loons let Obama slide. Cruz is more of a citizen than Obama ever could be! African daddy, so they say.
21 posted on 07/23/2013 3:24:14 PM PDT by ForAmerica (Texas Conservative Christian *born again believer in Jesus Christ* Black Man!)
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To: txhurl

Thanks...That’s OK.....I’ll look for it.


22 posted on 07/23/2013 3:26:15 PM PDT by Guenevere (....)
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To: Guenevere; txhurl
From what I understand, Walker "clarified" his earlier statement with a vague pronouncement that he didn't 100% support the Senate bill, but as far as I know has yet to come up with a definitive position on the illegal immigration issue.

Unless he goes all Paul Ryan on us, I'd still take him as the VP candidate. Until he clarifies, I wouldn't support him for the head of the ticket.

23 posted on 07/23/2013 3:28:47 PM PDT by Lakeshark (KILL THE BILL! CALL. FAX. WRITE)
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To: Lakeshark

Do you think Rand Paul would be better? I don’t know if he’d bring his dad’s votes with him or not.. I’d like to think so.


24 posted on 07/23/2013 3:35:15 PM PDT by txhurl ('The DOG ate my homework. That homework, too. ALL my homework. OK?' - POSHITUS)
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To: txhurl
My inclination is to say no, but I'm not sure who would bring more votes or excitement or votes to a ticket.

How bout we make it to and then get beyond the 2010 elections first?

:-)

25 posted on 07/23/2013 3:40:41 PM PDT by Lakeshark (KILL THE BILL! CALL. FAX. WRITE)
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To: ForAmerica

Fact is whether he eligible or not, Cruz is the sharpest GOP politican on the scene possibly in our lifetimes. Liberal Harvard professor / pundit Dershowitz called him the best legal mind he had ever seen there. He is a eloquent speaker, and a razor sharp debater. If it determined that Cruz is eligible, he may be one of the greatest GOP presidents in history. Just watch him and see. Seeing him rise as my senator as been nothing less than meteoroic. I don’t see that trend ending.


26 posted on 07/23/2013 3:45:04 PM PDT by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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To: Lakeshark

Or ‘14, whichever :)


27 posted on 07/23/2013 3:45:49 PM PDT by txhurl ('The DOG ate my homework. That homework, too. ALL my homework. OK?' - POSHITUS)
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To: txhurl
LOL, I actually wrote that.

*feeling sheepish*

Maybe it was prophetic........

28 posted on 07/23/2013 3:50:44 PM PDT by Lakeshark (KILL THE BILL! CALL. FAX. WRITE)
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To: Lakeshark

I hope so....


29 posted on 07/23/2013 3:53:33 PM PDT by txhurl ('The DOG ate my homework. That homework, too. ALL my homework. OK?' - POSHITUS)
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To: Lakeshark

I think Ron Johnson would be a good VP. I dont know if he would lose the Wisconsin senate race but the GOP candidate still wins nationally.

Also Steve King, Sessions and Cruz talk together at the Conservative Opportunity Society meetings.

A big problem in Iowa might be the wind power tax credits and the RINOs could win on that.


30 posted on 07/23/2013 3:57:43 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: txhurl
Another 2010-like tsunami coming?

You heard it here first....

*worst brain fart post dodge attempt ever*

:-)

31 posted on 07/23/2013 3:58:17 PM PDT by Lakeshark (KILL THE BILL! CALL. FAX. WRITE)
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To: ObamahatesPACoal
Wind power, the ethanol subsidies, plus Rick Santorum might screw up a lot of things.....

Like I said, let's get beyond 2010, er 2014 first....

32 posted on 07/23/2013 4:00:50 PM PDT by Lakeshark (KILL THE BILL! CALL. FAX. WRITE)
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

Iowa isn’t the least bit ashamed to be a 100% ethanol whore. Huckabee staked that out early is why he did so well.


33 posted on 07/23/2013 4:08:11 PM PDT by txhurl ('The DOG ate my homework. That homework, too. ALL my homework. OK?' - POSHITUS)
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To: txhurl

I meant Santorum. Now I’M doin it!


34 posted on 07/23/2013 4:09:01 PM PDT by txhurl ('The DOG ate my homework. That homework, too. ALL my homework. OK?' - POSHITUS)
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To: iowamark

I do hope Cruz runs. He is the most consistently conservative candidate, outside of Palin, that the others pale in comparison. There is no mistaking that he is honest and does what he says he will do. He is not impatient, and even though often ridiculed, he lets it run right off his back. Probably encourages him, really. They say that if you are not taking flak, you are not over the target. He is over the target. Moderates, RINOs and lefties all hate him! I’d say that Ted is what America needs. In a debate with Hillary, there would be no competition.


35 posted on 07/23/2013 5:07:31 PM PDT by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: Pride in the USA; Stillwaters
Good article! Cruz continues to consistently impress the right people. If nothing scandalous surfaces in the next couple of years, he's on the fast track. He's a man who stands for the right things, and knows when *not* to stand...

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36 posted on 07/23/2013 5:20:27 PM PDT by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: lonevoice

Those squishes literally make me hurl.


37 posted on 07/23/2013 5:27:13 PM PDT by txhurl ('The DOG ate my homework. That homework, too. ALL my homework. OK?' - POSHITUS)
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38 posted on 07/23/2013 8:25:28 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks iowamark.


39 posted on 07/23/2013 8:26:06 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: catfish1957

I know, he’s a good guy and I voted for him to go to Washington and shake it up, he’s not done. God bless Texas, God bless America!


40 posted on 07/23/2013 9:20:45 PM PDT by ForAmerica (Texas Conservative Christian *born again believer in Jesus Christ* Black Man!)
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To: lonevoice

He is the one to watch for 2016.


41 posted on 07/24/2013 8:18:14 AM PDT by Pride in the USA
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