Skip to comments.Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz appears in Howell
Posted on 06/04/2015 3:27:38 AM PDT by cripplecreek
HOWELL, Mich. (WJBK) - GOP Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz brought his campaign to Howell tonight where 650 people applauded his conservative Texas principles.
The senator spoke about unions, said he did not back federal assistance to keep GM and Chrysler alive and spoke about the right to carry guns on school grounds.He also made a remark about Vice President Joe Biden, which he later apologized for, on Twitter.
"Union members are a plus for this country," he said. "It's very interesting, but union members have been left behind.
"(President) Barack Obama, (Senate Democratic Leader) Harry Reid and Hillary Clinton have made the decision that they care more about the money from California environmentalist billionaires then they do about jobs for union members."
On guns in schools, the senator was clear that he is for them.
"I think gun owners should be able to carry guns and exercise their Second Amendment right," Cruz said. "And be able to carry guns and be able to exercise their Second Amendment rights."
FOX 2: "Educators say that kids are afraid of guns in schools."
"When you create gun-free school zones, we've seen that pattern, that's where criminals end up targeting," he said.
Cruz also believes there were other ways to save GM and Chrysler, other than a federal bailout.
"I don't think the federal government should be engaged in bailouts," he said. "Those industries would have serviced and would have thrived."
Cruz also made news for a joke about Biden, saying, according to reports, "You don't need a punchline" after mentioning his name.
Biden's son Beau died four days ago of brain cancer.
Cruz later apologized in a Twitter post, saying "It was a mistake to use an old joke about Vice President Joe Biden during his time of grief and I sincerely apologize."
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Of course they are. Its a minor thing and Cruz handled it well.
I’m hoping for some first hand accounts from a fellow Michigander....
Tim Skubick has always pretended to be a paragon of fairness, but it's always been clear to me how he intones, and uses body language to impart his leftist opinion. "Cruz is for having guns in schools" with a snark, a head movement and a cringe. Like most liberal journalists, I really think he believes he's being a journalist, just doesn't understand how immersed in and sympathetic he is towards the leftist version of America.
Cruz is great. Win or lose, he'll be an asset for conservatism as long as he's around.
It was a packed house. I'm not surprised considering how conservative the Brighton and Howell areas are. The Livingston County Republicans Chair is a friend of mine and said there was 650 seats. They had to make room to put a few tables in the corners away from the stage.
I saw a few faces I recognized from other events. I'm not that active these days outside of voting and following campaigns/issues, but have been a convention goer before. Local talk radio star Thayrone X was there. I don't listen to political talk radio very often, but when I do, I listen to WAAM from 3-6. He's one of the better ones.
Thanks to redistricting, I was put in a state senate district that has Livingston County instead of the city of Ann Arbor. I've gone from Rebekah Warren to Joe Hune which is like going from a communist to one of the top 3 conservatives in the state. Hune was Master of Ceremonies of the event. A lot of elected officials were there, mostly from their county, but some from other counties as well. Patrick Colbeck most notably. They seem to know and like him quite a bit in Livingston County for someone from Wayne County.
Most of the MIGOP leaders were there. I took that as a good sign. Maybe they aren't going to push a coronation next year.
The speech was mostly good, although it was certainly scripted. Unfortunately a old joke I've actually heard before (Joe Biden - that's the punchline) became the news. Most there think when it's primary election time that nobody will care.
Common Core was rather strongly disliked, and religious liberty is very important to the crowd there. I think that may have received the biggest applause. Knowing that area, I'm not surprised.
What Cruz got that did not get reported by the media is that most of all people are tired of politicians who say one thing and do another. The people there didn't trust most politicians including republicans. They liked their locals whom they knew. Most in the room like two or three candidates. Cruz, Walker, or Rand. A few liked Rubio and Kasich as well. I didn't hear much positive about Jeb, and none about Graham, Huckabee, Carson, Pataki, or the others.
Personally, I'm making up my mind between Cruz and Walker. Cruz at least seems to get the climate of lack of trust with our political class, that so many have a tin ear about going back to the George W Bush years and before.
Report from a FReeper in attendance.
As stated, I prefer Cruz, mainly because he handles the media better than anyone on the right has in a long time. The idea that he is reflexively the most conservative candidate has unfortunately been undermined by his vote on the Trade agreement, and his H1 Visa stance.
Unlike the Cruz or lose folks, I think Walker is someone we can trust, someone I could enthusiastically get behind, I just prefer Cruz.
Fortunately, more than 90% of Cruz supporters see it that ways as well.
Good luck making up your mind, fortunately there's a long way to go, debates and campaigns will shape the landscape and we can see more clearly as the first real votes come near.
Did anyone ask him if he thinks Nafta was good for America.
It won’t matter if you free up America to get work done here at home.
Oh oh. Trying not to get too excited.
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