Cruz Kicks Off ‘Tough as Texas’ Campaign

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz launched his reelection campaign in Beaumont, Texas, on Monday with the campaign theme that he’s as “tough as Texas.” He then stopped in Tyler, McGregor, and Stafford.

He warned a crowd at the Schmalreide Farm in southwest McLennan County that “The extreme left” is going to show up in November. He said,

they’re going to show up in big numbers. They’re energized, they’re angry, they hate the president and they’re going to shatter records. That means each of us has a responsibility. Each of us has a responsibility because freedom doesn’t defend itself.

He pointed to the toughness of Texas: people who survived the worst flooding event in U.S. history. The emergency responders. The men who stopped the shooter in Sutherland Springs. The farmers who have braved the erratic weather. He remarked: “Texas is America on steroids.”

He expressed his pride in being a Texan and in representing Texas:

It is an incredible privilege to represent each and every one of you, to fight for each and every one of you, to stand side by side, shoulder to shoulder, in the foxhole with each and every one of you to defend the values that makes Texas great.

There are fifty states, but there’s only one Texas.

He also attacked liberals who oppose constitutional freedoms like former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who recently suggested that the Second Amendment should be repealed. He attacked the New York Times editorial board and the bureaucracy of the federal government. He criticized many of his Republican colleagues for being more liberal than Barack Obama.

And, he addressed key policy issues: his support for gun rights and the rule of law, including securing the border. He said:

I think when it comes to immigration, the priority of Texas is to start with securing the border. Until that is done, Texans don’t want to see major reforms on immigration based on empty promises of border security.

Cruz cast the sole vote in February against legislation that would have provided a path to citizenship for so-called “Dreamers.” President Trump signed an executive order in September to end the Obama program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which has been held up in court enabling illegal immigrants to remain in America past the Obama program March 5 deadline.

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