Speech By Presidential Hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz Fires Up The Crowd At The NC GOP Convention

Applause and cheers greeted 2016 presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz as he took the stage at the North Carolina Republican Convention.

Opting to move around instead of speaking from behind a podium, Cruz sounded Reaganesque as he spoke on three main points of economic growth, defending our Constitutional rights and restoring America’s position in the world.

Cruz’s speech was fluid, fast-moving, had the crowd laughing and on their feet applauding multiple times. The speech lasted just over 40 minutes — and he did it all without a teleprompter.


Senator Cruz warmed up the crowd by thanking them for retiring Senator Kay Hagan and electing Senator Thom Tillis in her place. The Senator then transitioned into a ‘central issue’ of his campaign, which is “reigniting the promise of America.” and the fundamental idea that our kids will ‘have it better’ than we did.

On economic growth, Cruz pressed the need for tax reform by scrapping the current tax code and adopting a flat-tax. Cruz added that regulation reform was also needed and cracked a joke, that was captured by TWC News, about firing the 90,000 IRS workers and putting them on the border.

“There are about 90,000 employees at the IRS. We need to padlock that building and take everyone of them and put them on our Southern border,” he said.

While some of Sen. Cruz’s speech could be considered tongue in cheek, some delegates say they appreciated the honesty.

TWC News did not include the punchline of the joke. “If the first thing you see is 90,000 IRS agents,” said Cruz, “you’d turn around and go home too,”. The audience rippled with applause and laughter.

Obamacare, which the Senator has long opposed, was also made mention of. “We should repeal every word of Obamacare.”, the Senator said. Cruz noted Obamacare as being a jobs killer and the recent propose rate hikes by insurance companies, including the 27% hike proposed North Carolina’s Blue Cross Blue Shield.

“I will always, always, always stand and fight for religious freedom!”, exclaimed Cruz while speaking about defending the Constitution.  Senator Cruz also defended the Second Amendment and the 10th, slamming the Obama administration on the latter.

Unlike Governor Walker, Senator Cruz’s comments on education almost immediately went to Common Core. Cruz cited the need for the states to ‘repeal every word of Common Core’; stressing the need to get rid of the Dept. of Education and return to state and local control of education.

On Cruz’s final leg of the speech, he turned towards the failed foreign policy of the Obama administration, condemning the administration’s negotiations with Iran. Cruz said we should not be allowing Iran to obtain nuclear weapons.

Senator Cruz criticized President Obama’s broken relationship with Israel and for not meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu. Cruz said, “Imagine a President standing unapologetically next to the Prime Minister of Israel.” This statement received the biggest and loudest standing ovation of the afternoon.



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About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a freelance journalist and is currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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2 Responses to Speech By Presidential Hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz Fires Up The Crowd At The NC GOP Convention

  1. billbe says:

    To bk. Senator Cruz and a few other Repubs have the skill and moral leadership to force the Repub RoINO’s like Bohner to change Big O’s no health care to an improved private plan. It CAN happen if the people make it clear that it MUST be changed. Are YOU going to do anything to help change the direction away from DemacRAT Progressive Statism, or are you just a low life troll trying to stur the pot?


  2. brackenkaren says:

    Ted Cruz makes great speeches but like most great speech makers that is about all he will do. If he is elected I can guarantee 2 things. He will NEVER repeal Obamacare and he will NEVER shut down the US Dept. of Education. And when he doesn’t do that what will the American people do about it? Absolutely nothing. As a matter of fact they will probably give him a second term in office. This is the problem we fall in love with a candidate on his charm and rhetoric but never look deep into his/her background, And even many that do dismiss it because “he is such a nice guy” and has told us everything we want to hear. Sorry Ted Cruz is more of the same. And the fact he is not a natural born citizen also makes him not eligible to run. But again we ignore the facts because “he is such a nice guy.”


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