Ted Cruz tosses red-meat to Duval [Florida] Republicans

Cruz energizes the true believers in Jeb Bush territory.

Click here to read the full February 20, 2015 article from The Naple News quoted in part below:

As he continues to the test the waters for a potential 2016 bid for the White House, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas made his pitch Friday night to the Republican Party of Duval County, one of the state’s largest local parties.

Sprinkled throughout his remarks was a common theme that most potential GOP presidential nominees have focused on: Obamacare.

“In 2017, a Republican president in the White House will sign legislation repealing Obamacare,” he said.

Cruz has built a national reputation as a firebrand conservative not afraid to mix it up with the establishment in his own party. In 2013, he grabbed headlines by speaking for 21-hours on the Senate floor about the need to defund Obamacare, an act that endeared him to many of the party’s conservative activists.

The red-meat issues that dropped Cruz on the national radar were on full display as he gave a keynote speech to a packed ballroom at the Jacksonville Hyatt Regency.

“We should abolish the IRS,” Cruz said to a loud ovation.

Duval County is home base for many large GOP donors and a big swath of Republican voters, but it could be tough for any non-Florida candidate to wrest that support away from Jeb Bush or U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, both of whom are also considering presidential bids.

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