TAMPA, Fla. — Tea party favorite Ted Cruz took another big step Tuesday toward solidifying his image as one of the fastest-rising stars in the GOP, delivering a prime-time speech at the Republican National Convention after his stunning Senate primary win last month.
The GOP’s decision to give the Texas Republican a coveted evening time slot reserved mostly for sitting governors and members of Congress also was a nod to the grass-roots movement that helped propel him to victory.
“What is happening is a great awakening,” Mr. Cruz told the thousands gathered in the convention area. “A national movement of ‘We the People,’ fueled by what unites us — a love of liberty, a belief in the unlimited potential of free men and women.”
Mr. Cruz refused to vilify President Obama personally, calling him “immensely talented and a man of deep convictions.” But the Texan then quickly warned that administration’s economy agenda is “perilous” and accused the president of using fear to divide the country.
Despite Mr. Cruz’s staunch support from the tea party — of which many of its activists have been slow to warm to nominee Mitt Romney, accusing him of being too moderate — the Texan applauded the GOP presidential nominee and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin — for their pro-business, anti-tax platform.
“He’s an inspiring speaker, he gets it,” she said. “He knows that the power is in the grass roots. He’s tapped into that power and he’s leading that power right now.”
Mr. Cruz rocked the Republican establishment in Texas and nationwide when he crushed early race favorite Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in July’s runoff election for U.S. Senate, running a successful anti-establishment campaign after trailing in most polls until the late stages of the race.
The former Texas solicitor general still must beat former Texas state lawmaker Paul Sadler in November’s general election. But the Democrat faces a huge cash disadvantage and is a colossal underdog in the Republican-dominated state.
Mr. Cruz, 41, the son of a Cuban-American immigrant, received endorsements from tea party heavyweights such as former Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin and Jim DeMint of South Carolina on his way to the primary win.
The primary race also was among the nation’s most expensive, as more outside cash — at least $14.6 million — flowed into the race than any in the nation this election cycle with the exception of the presidential contest, according to OpenSecrets.org, a nonpartisan website that tracks money in politics.
“He was very gracious in commending Cruz on his victory and pledged to work with him,” Mr. Pool said. “There’s no sour grapes or any lingering problem with that race.”
Gil Hernandez, a delegate from Corpus Christi, Texas, said that despite Mr. Cruz’s initial long-shot odds to win the primary, his tireless approach to campaigning was what won the hearts and votes of Texas Republicans.View Entire Story
© Copyright 2013 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
Sean Lengell covers Congress and national politics and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Rand Paul
Obama acts as though we no longer have a Constitution
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
First over-the-counter column approved for fast and effective relief from even your worst media-induced headache.
Contributions to the Communities Sports desk from readers.
Happiness is attainable. Morning to night. I love to teach, deal with folks that have an issue and really wish to tackle it and write.
Benghazi: The anatomy of a scandal
Vietnam Memorial adds four names
Cinco de Mayo on the Mall
NRA kicks off annual convention
California wildfires wreak havoc