Cruz, Walker, Santorum among Iowa Faith & Freedom speakers

The Hill reports:

Sen. Ted Cruz and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will speak at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition’s spring kickoff event on April 25, the group announced in a Monday statement.   They will be joined at the event by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.

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Ted Cruz to join other presidential hopefuls at Iowa ‘Ag Summit’ next month

Senator Cruz will join the cattle call of GOP Presidential hopefuls in Iowa on March 7 to pay attention to agricultural issues (knowing those topics disappear as soon as the Iowa caucuses are over).

Click here for the full February 5 story from the Washington Times.

Organizers said Thursday that Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, will attend the first-ever “Iowa Agriculture Summit” next month, along with other potential 2016 presidential candidates who will return to the Hawkeye State, home of the first-in-the-nation caucuses.

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“The Iowa Agriculture Summit promises to be an informative and insightful forum,” said Bruce Rastetter, an Iowa philanthropist and entrepreneur who is behind the event. “We’re looking forward to more speakers confirming in the days ahead.”

Mr. Rastetter has invited about two dozen prospective presidential contenders, Democrats and Republicans, to the event, and will spend 20 minutes onstage with each speaker talking about farm and agriculture-related issues.

Other confirmed attendees include former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, and businessman Donald Trump.

Iowa Poll: Jeb Bush Has a Big Problem [So does Mr. Cruz]

Click here to read the details of the Bloomberg News/Des Moines Register poll taken in the last week of January 2014.

Jeb Bush has major problems in Iowa. His vocal support for immigration reform and the national education standards known as Common Core bother many in the state’s Republican base.

A Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll of likely participants in the state’s 2016 Republican caucuses shows nearly two-thirds consider Bush’s positions on those issues to be a deal-killer, or something they’d consider when deciding whether to support him. Just 32 percent have no problem with those stands.

The poll also found that among five potential non-establishment candidates looking at running, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky scored the highest marks on a set of issues of interest to many Republicans.

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Steve King Says Scott Walker and Ted Cruz Won the Iowa Freedom Summit

The full Jan. 27, 2015 article at Bloomberg News can be read with a click on this link.

His Iowa Freedom Summit over, King had brushed off immigration reformers and settled into his role as a Republican taste-maker. He had intended to watch the speakers, and watch how the audience reacted.

“Part of this is a measure of the interpretations of talking to a good number of people that are highly invested in this,” he said. “We sat around Saturday night and chewed the fat.”

And who won? “Basically, the press reports I read were mostly accurate in their analysis,” said King. “I think [Texas Senator] Ted Cruz had the highest bar to reach, and I think he cleared that bar. I don’t know how much greater than expectations it was, but he at least met and then exceeded expectations. I’m confident that he did for the people who had not heard him speak before.”

Who else performed above expectations? “Probably the person who helped himself the most would be Scott Walker,” said King. “The bar wasn’t as high, and he gave a good speech. He connected with the audience in a good, constructive way. Chris Christie helped himself. He was humorous, he was personal, and it was a good move for him to be there. And Carly Fiorina — you probably noticed this, but when she came out the response was warm but not overwhelming. She converted that warmth into standing ovations multiple times.”

Ted Cruz Gets Praised by Sen. Chuck Grassley has positive news for Ted Cruz from Iowa.  Click here to read the full article of Jan. 25, 2014.

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) once supported President Reagan’s amnesty for illegal aliens back in the 1980’s, but has since stated that he and others made a mistake in doing so. He now supports a piece-meal approach to immigration reform as opposed to a comprehensive approach to fixing the existing immigration problem.

During a brief Q & A with the veteran Senator at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Grassley laid out what he feels first needs to be done in any immigration reform bill and then talks about what he feels his colleague Senator Ted Cruz is doing for the Republican Party:

Beyond what he does in the United States Senate, he is a very clear spokesman—in very few words—of the conservative point of view. And most of us Republicans haven’t… had the capability of making matters clear to the American people as we should. And he can do that, and I thank him for doing that, and we ought to encourage him to do it. He’s helping the Republican Party.

Earlier in the day, and while sporting a pair of snazzy dark brown Cowboy boots to go with his Obama-like “tan” suit jacket, Cruz gave an uplifting “Miracle of America” speech that garnered him a long, full audience-participated standing ovation.

Iowa Republican State Committeeman Jamie Johnson said that while Texas Govnernor Rick Perry and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker gave home run speeches, Cruz had the only grand slam speech.

Johnson said that Cruz was the only one who hit a grand slam.

Love Affair Between Iowans, Ted Cruz Continues

Click to read the full, enthusiastic piece in National Review from Jan. 25, 2014.

The love affair between the Iowa voters and Ted Cruz is going strong.

The Texas senator, pacing across the stage at the Iowa Freedom Summit in a tan jacket and slacks, praised the state’s “unique and special role in the political process.” Iowa voters, he said, have a responsibility “to scrutinize every candidate for national office, to look them in the eyes and to hold them to account.”

The tea-party darling urged them to be discerning when presidential contenders begin streaming through the state vaunting their conservative credentials. It helps, of course, that nobody can out-conservative Ted Cruz.

“Every candidate is going to come in front of you and say I’m the most conservative guy who ever lived,” Cruz said. “Well gosh darnit, talk is cheap. One of the most important roles men and women of Iowa will play is to say, ‘Don’t talk, show me.’”

Cruz’s suggestion was that his stand against the Affordable Care Act, which resulted in a government shutdown a year ago and his refusal to compromise — in fact, even to make friends — in Washington on a range of issues have proven his mettle somebody worthy of their vote.

The senator went on to make calls that have become standard in his public remarks: He demanded the repeal of Obamacare, the abolition of the IRS, and the restoration of American leadership in the world.

“There are 110,000 employees at the IRS,” he said. “We need to padlock that building ad put every one of those 110,000 on our southern border. If you crossed border and the first thing you saw was thousands of IRS agents, you’d turn around and go home too.” The crowd whooped and cheered.