Senator Ted Cruz of Texas announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination before a packed auditorium at Liberty University.
The Republican made it clear to the sea of youthful faces that individual liberty for all Americans* was the key theme of his presidential campaign announcement – although attendance at the speech was mandatory for “Liberty” University students.
* Some restrictions apply. See candidate for details.
“God’s blessing has been on America from the very beginning of this nation, and I believe God isn’t done with America yet,” the Texas senator said. “I believe in you. I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to reignite the promise of America, and that is why today I am announcing that I am running for president of the United States.”
The rest of the speech covered the typical Tea Party talking points, with Cruz asking listeners to “imagine” an America run by him and his Evangelical Christian values.
“Imagine a president that finally, finally, finally secures the borders,” he said, and “imagine a simple flat tax,” before inviting the crowd to “imagine abolishing the IRS”.
Yes, “imagine” an American President who:
- Denies that humans are contributing to climate change because it snowed in New Hampshire.
- Wants to recriminalize abortion and shut down Planned Parenthood.
- Incorrectly believes that emergency contraception causes abortions.
- Thinks the possibility of Sharia Law being imposed on America is an “enormous problem” in the United States.
- Supports the teaching of creationism in public schools
- Calls same-sex marriage “tragic and indefensible.”
- Would veto any gun control legislation even if it had the support of 90% of Americans
- Tries to repeal Obamacare with quotes like this: “When Americans tried it, they discovered they did not like green eggs and ham and they did not like Obamacare either. They did not like Obamacare in a box, with a fox, in a house or with a mouse. It is not working.”
While Ted Cruz is a great candidate for those who don’t think Rand Paul is quite crazy enough for them, is he American enough to run for president?
Rafael Eduardo Cruz was born a
proud Canadian to an American mother and a Cuban father before moving to the United States at the age of four. Does this mean the beloved birther movement will be reborn?
The answer is no. Because Cruz was born to at least one American citizen who had spent more than a year in the US, he is considered a natural born American citizen.
So then why all the birther nonsense when Obama ran for president? Even if he was born in Kenya, his mother was still American, right? Yes, but Obama is back and his middle name is Hussain… so things went a little differently.