Ted Cruz: We’ve Never Seen an Administration With Such Hostility Toward Religious Faith as Obama’s
Ted Cruz, making his fourth trip to Iowa in the last eight months as he slowly begins to campaign for the 2016 Republican nomination, told an audience at the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators’ state capitol lobbying day that there has never been a president with more hostility toward religious faith as Obama.
“There is no liberty more important than religious liberty,” Cruz said. “This nation was founded by men and women fleeing religious oppression and coming here seeking the freedom to seek out our lord God almighty with all of our hearts, minds and souls, free of the government getting in the way.”
“We have never seen an administration with such hostility toward religious faith,” Cruz added. He pointed to the IRS forcing religious groups to divulge more information to keep their tax-exempt status under the Obama administration as an example.
Iowa holds the nation’s first caucus and gaining the support of home school supporters has been a key piece to victory for former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum when they won the Iowa caucus in 2008 and 2012, respectively. Of course, neither went on to win the party’s nomination with many saying they had painted themselves into too much of a corner to please the base and were not “general election” candidates.
Cruz is clearly trying to build a platform that’s different from fellow Tea Party favorite Rand Paul’s. Paul, a staunch libertarian, won big at the Conservative Political Action Convention, winning the CPAC straw poll by a landslide. Cruz finished second but more than 20 points behind Paul and will now try to appease the party’s religious wing in hopes of building a coalition of voters.
Of course, Cruz will have to learn from the lessons of Huckabee and Santorum and not paint himself into so much of a far right corner to win primaries that he stops being a viable general election candidate. Not that he isn’t that far right to begin with.
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