By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Sixteen different Republicans are running for their party’s presidential nomination. One of these is US Senator Ted Cruz from Texas. Ted Cruz’s campaign has announced that the outspoken Senator and presidential contender will be in Huntsville on Sunday, August 9.
Cruz will join US Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) as well as supporters and conservative activists for an ice cream social at the Jackson Center, 600 Genome Way in Huntsville. Other campaign stops in Alabama are planned.
The Cruz campaign wrote: “Attention Alabama Supporters – Ted is coming your way!
In a field that now numbers 16 Republican presidential candidates, Ted Cruz said he’ll distinguish himself as the “consistent conservative” in the race, the Texas senator said Tuesday night on a conference call organized by the Alabama Republican Party.
Cruz also announced that he’ll be visiting Alabama on Aug. 9, with stops in Hoover, Montgomery and Huntsville. He’ll be back in the Yellowhammer State on Aug. 25, when he’ll be the keynote speaker at the Tuscaloosa County Republican Party’s Lincoln-Reagan Dinner.
“I’m so looking forward to my visits in Alabama this August,” he said.”
On Sunday is was announced that Alabama Rainy Day Patriots Founder Suzanne “Zan” Green was awarded volunteer of the month by the Cruz campaign. Green has been active for years in conservative politics in Shelby and Baldwin Counties and has most recently been a district captain for the Convention of States Project.
Sen. Cruz drew national headlines when he accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) of lying in denials that there was a secret deal to resurrect the import-export bank.
The Cruz campaign released a statement on Sunday from campaign manager Ted Roe, “This week, we got a great illustration of why this campaign to break the Washington Cartel, reignite the promise of America, and restore power to the American people is so important. Fireworks broke out on the Senate floor yesterday as Ted set out to shine a light on the backroom deals taking place in our nation’s capital. Some time ago, Ted asked the Senate Majority Leader if a deal had been cut to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank — a classic example of cronyism and corporate welfare that puts the taxpayers on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars of loan guarantees that go primarily to a handful of giant corporations — and, three times, he said there was no deal. Yesterday it became apparent the Majority Leader had not told the truth. He brought up the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. Why? Because that’s what the Washington Cartel wanted.”
Senator Cruz said, “The Senate operates based on trust. Whether we are Democrats or Republicans, Senators have to be able to trust that when a Senator says something, he or she will do it. Even if we disagree on substance, that we don’t lie to each other. What we just witnessed this morning is profoundly disappointing.”
Sen. Cruz said, “There are a host of priorities that the voters who elected us have. Do you recall any of your Constituents ever saying we want the Export-Import Bank? No. They want other things. They have other priorities, but those are not the priorities of Republican leadership. Sadly, today we have government of the lobbyists, by the lobbyists, and for the lobbyists. That is not how the United States Senate is supposed to operate.”
The Alabama Presidential Primary will be held on March 1, 2016.
Republican Presidential candidates at this point include: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, New Jersey businessman Donald Trump, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Doctor Ben Carson, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, former New York Governor George Pataki, California businesswoman Carly Fiorina, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, Ohio Governor John Kasich, and there will likely be more by October.
Another Republican contender, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, is expected to address the Alabama Republican Party at their Summer Lunch in Talladega on August 22.