- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 9, 2014

Several GOP 2016 presidential hopefuls made public appearances in Iowa Saturday, including Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz who told conservatives to remain optimistic going into the next election cycle.

During a speech at the Iowa state fair, Mr. Cruz told listeners that conservatives would take back the country from President Obama and Democrats, just as they did when Jimmy Carter was president, The Hill reported.

“All across this country, people are waking up,” Mr. Cruz said. “And they’re waking up to bring America back to the principles we have been founded on. There is a better way than the path we are on.”

Mr. Cruz juggle lighter rhetoric with harsh criticism of the Obama administration during his roughly 20-minute speech, The Hill reported.

He commented on Mr. Obama’s relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the ongoing scandal within the IRS.

“It reminds you of a new diet that’s really quite popular in Washington these days,” Mr. Cruz said after joking about a cow sculpted from butter at the fair. “It’s called the Obama diet. You just let Putin eat your lunch every day.”

While discussing the crisis at the border, Mr. Cruz, a tea party favorite, took a stab at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nomination for president.

“We are seeing the consequences of the Obama/Clinton foreign policy playing out across the globe,” he said. “It seems like the whole world is on fire right now.”

Mr. Cruz is one of several potential GOP candidates who attended the state fair on Saturday, including Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Mr. Cruz is scheduled to speak to Christian conservative activists at the annual Family Leadership Summit in Ames later Saturday evening. He will be joined by Mr. Jindal and other Republican front runners including former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

• Kellan Howell can be reached at khowell@washingtontimes.com.

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