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Ted Cruz in Tuscaloosa Tonight


By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter 

The 44 year old Republican Presidential candidate, and US Senator Ted Cruz from Texas, will speak to the Tuscaloosa Republican Party at their annual Lincoln-Reagan dinner, on Tuesday, August 25, at Bryant-Denny Stadium.  The Texas Senator has already made campaign stops in Pelham and Huntsville this month. 

US Senator Cruz announced that his Alabama campaign organization would be led by Alabama Legislative Watchdogs Chair Ann Eubank, Wetumpka Tea Party co-founder and President Becky Gerritson, and former Sixth District Congressional candidate, Dr. Chad Mathis.

When he was in Pelham Cruz said:

“We are seeing the results of the Obama/Clinton foreign policy.  Leading from behind doesn’t work.  If I am elected President on the first day.  The first thing I will do is rescind every illegal and unconstitutional executive action taken by President Obama. On the first day I am going to instruct the Department of Justice to open an investigation into Planned Parenthood and to prosecute any and all criminal violations by that organization.  I will tell the Department of Justice and the IRS to stop persecuting religious liberty that day.  I will tear apart this catastrophic Iranian nuclear deal.” 

Sen. Cruz said that as President he would begin the process of moving the US embassy to Jerusalem.  Other candidates and Presidents have made the same promise but then when in office their team tells them not to do it because it would make some Iranians mad.

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“It was not ticked-off Presbyterians who flew those planes into buildings in New York…If I am elected I will do exactly what I promised to do. That is day 1. We will lead Congress to repeal every word of Obamacare. I will instruct the federal department of Education, which I hope to abolish, to end Common Core. We will finally secure the border and end sanctuary cities.” Cruz said that he wants a simple flat tax so that every American can fill out his or her taxes on a postcard. Then we should abolish the IRS.  There are about 90,000 employees of the IRS. “We need to padlock that building and put all 90,000 on our southern border.”

Sen. Cruz said, “My dad, Raphael Cruz, was born in Cuba and grew up in Cuba.  At 14 he joined the revolution and fought for four years against Batista.  When my dad was 17 they threw him in prison.  They tortured my dad.  He came to America at 18.  Today my father is a pastor traveling the country preaching the Gospel.  My whole life my Dad has been my hero. What is really surprising about my dad’s story is that it is so commonplace.  “My dad used to tell me when I faced oppression in Cuba I had a place to go to.  If we lose our freedom here where do we go?” 

Cruz vowed, “We will bring back that shining city on the hill.”

Ted Cruz has been a former solicitor general for the state of Texas, where he argued 9 cases before the US Supreme Court; a Law Clerk for US Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist; a policy advisor to Texas Governor George W. Bush (R); argued cases and helped organize the Bush legal team in the disputed 2000 presidential election; worked as Associate Deputy US Attorney General; as policy Director for the US Federal Trade Commission; and in private practice has represented high profile clients including the NRA and Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio).

He was born Rafael Edward Cruz in Calgary, Alberta. Cruz is a Southern Baptist.  He did his undergraduate work at Princeton and went to the Harvard Law School where he was the primary editor of the Harvard Law Review, executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and a founding editor of the Harvard Latino Law Review.  He is married to Heidi Nelson (age 42) of San Luis Obispo, California, who manages the Wealth Management Unit in Houston for Goldman Sachs. They have two children. 

The gates will open at 5:00 pm, there is an opportunity to have a photo taken with Sen. Cruz at 6:00 pm and dinner is at 7:00 pm.  Contact the Tuscaloosa Republican Party to find out if there are any tickets left.

The Alabama Presidential Primary is on March 1, 2016.

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Original reporting by USA Today’s Martha Moore, and Wikipedia were used to help prepare this report.

Bradley Byrne is the president and CEO of the Mobile Chamber of Commerce and a former Republican congressman who represented Alabama's 1st Congressional District.

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