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August 9, 2014 - 3:57 pm

Sounding positively Reaganesque at times, Senator Ted Crux lit up the crowd at the Iowa State Fair — a traditional sounding board for presidential candidates — by giving a barn burner of a speech that alternated between heavy criticism of the president and offering a vision of a bright future once conservatives take back the country.

Oh…did I mention he spoke coherently and passionately for 20 minutes — without the use of a teleprompter?

The Hill:

To regain the majority in Washington, Cruz said conservatives needed to champion economic growth and contrast their proposals with Obama’s economic record; protect constitutional liberties, from First Amendment protections of speech to Fourth Amendment protections of privacy; and stand up more to foreign leaders like President Vladimir Putin of Russia.

“It reminds you of a new diet that’s really quite popular in Washington these days. It’s called the Obama diet,” Cruz said after mentioning both the butter cow and a pork chop on a stick. “You just let Putin eat your lunch every day.”

Like other leading Republicans, Cruz cast his economic pitch as positive for minorities and the working poor – those he said have been hurt the most by the economy over the last five years.

Cruz, for instance, said that work requirements in ObamaCare were making it harder for people to find full-time work, and pushed back once more on the blame the GOP has received for last October’s government shutdown.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has also sought to offer a more inclusive message with a new anti-poverty plan, ahead of the 2016 campaign.

Still, Cruz wasn’t shy in knocking the president for a variety of issues, including the IRS’s improper scrutiny of Tea Party groups and National Security Agency surveillance techniques.

He also placed the blame for the recent border crisis on Obama, called for a repeal of the Common Core education curriculum and even found a way to get in a shot at the rumored front-runner for the Democratic nomination in 2016 – former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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

Cruz will also speak at the Family Leadership Summit this weekend.

Related:  GOP Presidential Candidates Flood into Iowa

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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Funny, clever... and just another part of the game as far as I'm concerned. Cruz is another paper conservative who delivers a carefully written script mixed with some ad-libs so "we the sheeple" can be "assured" that there are checks and balances at work. The problem is, if there were true voices of dissent against the agenda its progress would have been slowed if not stopped entirely and many of its higher profile players would have been forced to resign in disgrace. At this point I count the likes of Cruz and Paul as part of the charade.
18 weeks ago
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Here ya go: Just some of what Cruz has been doing, while battling BOTH the Democrats and the majority of his own party:

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/kevinglass/2014/08/10/ted-cruzs-five-conservative-victories-n1876884
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Thank you... that does put Cruz in a bit better light. I think I'm more than a bit discouraged at what has unfolded over the past few years and am generally disgusted at the apparent lack of any clear voice that can communicate without condescending to the average voter so that it can be clearly understood what is at stake with each piece of legislation being proposed.

No one seems all that willing to put in a matter of fact way what effect things are going to have- without injecting partisan rancor and talking points that are so overused that they lose their meaning.

Unfortunately I am quick to shut things off when I hear politicizing on the radio and I lack a television so if there is someone (Cruz, Paul?) who has actually been doing this then I'm likely to have missed it.... my cynicism has me closed off to the point where I tend to judge very quickly anyone on the inside who has attained any level of name recognition regardless of whom they caucus with.

Everything belongs in a bigger picture that had things like the Affordable Care Act foisted upon us without anyone possessing the guts to actually vet the law before it was passed in order to clue constituents in not only the importance of contacting their Representative to urge a no vote but to give reasons why. So much is getting slipped through under the noses of our legislators- including Conservatives who at best seem only interested in fashioning their own campaigns on the basis of their supposed opposition to it without having actually effectively opposed it.

The more I find out the more pissed off I become so I find myself not wanting to know much about much... my cynicism has festered to become something a good deal stronger. I see the erosion of our liberties going on regardless of what the likes of Ted Cruz or Rand Paul say or do- yes, the RINOs are a huge part of the problem and it is the general disgust with them which will dilute the conservative vote- scattering it among numerous third party alternatives while the liberals will enjoy a successful 2014 off year election despite the general disgust with their agenda.

For all he is, Obama did promise a fundamental transformation of the country so it's not like we were blindsided... neither should Republicans have been; but they've done nothing but enable the agenda by among other things playing the part of opposition which furnishes those who might otherwise be the grassroots of meaningful change a reason to sit on their hands on the assumption that they have a voice. The GOP has failed us and I do not doubt that it was as much by design as the progressive economic decimation.
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You don't know much about.... much.

One man can't do everything and in fact, one man can't do much by himself. Nobody has been more effective than Ted Cruz in standing up to the RINOs who are a huge part of the problem.

Cynicism is not wisdom - it's the opposite.

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