Cruz’n to the caucus
Ted Cruz pulled communications director Alice Stewart straight from Mike Huckabee’s campaign this week as his star continues rising in the polls with three and a half weeks to go before the Iowa Caucus. His caravan of two super-buses pulled in to Godfather’s in Spirit Lake Wednesday afternoon where Rep. Steve King introduced him to an overflow crowd.
Cruz ticked off a list of tasks for his first day in office, noting that over 365 days for four years of the first term and four years of the second term, he would undo all the “unconstitutional, encroaching” executive orders signed by President Obama, and among other things begin a process to move the U.S. Embassy to Israel to “its eternal capital, Jerusalem.” Additionally, Cruz said he would rein in federal regulators of the kind that “descend like locusts over Iowa farmers and small business owners.”
Cruz addressed yesterday’s discovery of tremors in the North Pacific, which was hydrogen bomb testing, according to North Korean authorities. “That’s a very troubling development,” Cruz said. “We don’t have confirmation yet that it definitely was bomb testing, but it’s an example of the ineffectual foreign policy we have suffered under for the last 7 years.”
Cruz segued into a discussion of Iran. “I promise under President Cruz Iran’s Ayatollah will no longer have access to nuclear weapons, nor the materials to make them,” he said, to loud applause from the packed crowd.
“I can’t overemphasize the stakes in this election,” Cruz said. “We need a Commander in Chief who will keep us safe.”
Cruz complimented the Iowans in attendance. “One thing I notice about Iowans is that they take seriously the responsibility of getting out to events and looking each candidate in the eye.” Cruz pointed out there is no Issues page on his website, unlike other candidates. “I don’t have a need to share the beliefs in the deep recesses of my heart; instead I show my proven record of performing on the issues, as Solicitor General of Texas, and as Senator.”
Dale Gumache of Milford asked Cruz about biofuels, stating, “Many of us here depend upon biofuels for our financial security. Many people state you are against biofuels. Are you?”
Cruz said, “Biofuels, ethanol, I vote for all of the above. God in his wisdom has blessed America with abundant natural resources, and I believe we should pursue all of them. Renewable fuels bring us millions of high paying jobs, and I don’t feel it’s the government’s place to pick winners or losers. Let’s look at the facts. With no mandates for any specific type of energy, we phase out the RFS in 5 years and let the free market win.”
Cruz explained further. “If we rescind the EPA’s ethanol wall, and allow E25 and E30, allow auto makers to sell cars that take those grades in the U.S., as they’re already doing in the European market, it will have an impact on corn producers and ethanol makers, and if we raise the blend wall, it could impact renewable fuel sales more than RFS ever did.”
Cruz addressed one of his favorite topics, the 10th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. “Ensuring powers reserved to the states, which is every power not specifically assigned to the federal government in the Constitution, has been a lifelong passion of mine,” Cruz said. One power that should be left to the states is its public education system. “The 10th Amendment allows states to not only do their jobs, but to govern themselves,” Cruz said.
“In Texas, I led four studies of the 10th Amendment and whether the State of Texas was afforded all its state’s rights. We found that the federal government sticks its nose into the business of the states chiefly in the education systems.”
Cruz is continuing an ambitious tour through Iowa, covering 28 counties in nine days, reduced from the previous 36, which had included Emmet County. According to polling aggregator RealPolitics, Cruz leads the Republican field in Iowa at 31 percent to Donald Trump’s 27.4 percent and Marco Rubio’s 11.6 percent.