it is. Every one of us, Rush, has exactly that story in our backgrounds.
RUSH: Why doesn’t that serve as a role model to other new arrivals?
CRUZ: I think Republicans do a very poor job of making the case
by going to that community. We tend to go to voters who are already
with us and we preach to the choir. In an election you’ve got to get
the choir out, but you also have to persuade people.
RUSH: Aside from advertising, how did you do it? Texas is a
Republican state, but maybe not for long, if something doesn’t change.
CRUZ: We used every conceivable tool: new media, Facebook,
Twitter, email. For two years we literally spent 18 hours a day crisscrossing the state, going to hundreds of VFW halls, Denny’s, and
IHOPs, and sitting down with 10, 20, 50, 100 people answering their
questions, talking to them, building support one person at a time and
making the case. Republicans have not been doing a good job of that.
RUSH: The Speaker says, “Obamacare is the law of the land.
There’s nothing we can do about it.” How’s that going to affect people
like you in the Senate who are ardent conservatives? It doesn’t sound
like you’re throwing in the towel, so how do you deal with that?
CRUZ: Absolutely not. We don’t have to fund it. The media is
doing everything it can to convince Republicans to surrender, but
we still control the House of Representatives, and the House controls
the purse strings, which remains the most significant Constitutional
power in all of government. We still have the ability to refuse to fund
be any serious legislative action until after you’re sworn in, right?
CRUZ: I certainly hope not. That is out of my control, but I hope
that the lame duck session doesn’t do any damage and that they defer
major decision-making to the newly elected Congress. I don’t think
members who have been voted out of office, who are on their way out
of the door, should be enacting major legislation.
RUSH: I know your dad’s story. You touched a little bit on it here.
It really is an up-from-nothing and quintessentially American story.
Now here you are in the most prestigious deliberative body in the
world. What are your expectations going in?
CRUZ: It is truly humbling, and an incredible honor to have the
opportunity to serve —particularly when the challenges are so great.
Our nation is standing at the edge of a fiscal and economic cliff,
and so many Americans are rightly worried about our permanently
endangering the economic security of our nation. The next two years
and perhaps the next four years are going to prove very challenging.
If Barack Obama means what he said on the campaign trail, that he
wants to work with others, bring people together, address the debt,
and get people working again, then I think Republicans will work
with him. But if he instead reverts to form of the last four years — if
he pushes more and more spending and debt and regulations that hurt
small businesses and kill jobs — then I intend to spend every single
day in the U.S. Senate working to stop us from going down that path.
That path is incredibly
damaging to this country, and to the 23 million
people struggling to find
work. How do we turn it
around? By making the
argument. That is what I
intend to try to do every single day. Let me tell you, Rush, something
from which I draw encouragement. We have had dark days before in
this country — 1978, 1979, terrible economy, terrible international
situation with national security, our hostages languishing in Iran, and
yet it took Jimmy Carter to give us Ronald Reagan. I am convinced
the most significant, long-lasting legacy of the Obama Presidency is
going to be a new generation of leaders in the Republican Party who
stand for liberty, who stand for the Constitution and help lead our
country back to our founding principles.
RUSH: God bless you and good luck. Don’t ever underestimate
how many millions of Americans are praying for you, and hoping that
you and other likeminded people are able to persevere and triumph
over this. I talk to a lot of conservatives who have thrown up their
hands. I always point out that there are people like you coming up.
Congratulations and best of luck. Whatever you do, don’t change.
CRUZ: You have my word on it. And it is incredibly meaningful
to be lifted up by the intercession of believers across Texas and across
the country. I’m so grateful, Rush, for your fearless voice of liberty,
which often is a voice in the wilderness, but it ultimately is harkening
back to the roots of our country. Our nation from the beginning has
enjoyed Providential blessing, and I am convinced we will return to
that foundation and preserve our status across the world as a shining
city on the hill.
RUSH: There is no question we have been blessed. Look, anytime,
if there’s anything you think that we can do here to help, please call
CRUZ: I certainly will and I appreciate that, and likewise. n
“I am convinced the most significant legacy of the
Obama Presidency will be a new generation of leaders
who stand for liberty.” — TED CRUZ
Obamacare if we stand strong, if we don’t give in to the assault from
the Democrats and the media pushing Republicans to give up all our
principles now that Obama has been reelected.
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RUSH: Democrats do not do what we’re doing. They never debate
whether they need to become pro-life. We’re beating ourselves up,
“We’re losing the demographic race and we’ve got to get Hispanics.”
There’s a belief that most Hispanics voted on immigration policy.
CRUZ: And they did not. The polling overwhelmingly shows that
jobs and the economy was the No. 1 issue for Hispanics, just like every
other community in this country. Immigration matters when it comes
to rhetoric and tone. Virtually all Americans agree on immigration
that, one, we should secure our borders and stop illegal immigration,
and two, we should remain a nation that celebrates legal immigrants.
Ronald Reagan referred to legal immigrants as “Americans by choice.”
It is that shared immigrant history that supports our shared love of
freedom and opportunity. That has been the bulwark against going
down the road to European socialism that so many Democrats have
been pushing us down.
RUSH: My fear is that if the Republicans aren’t careful, they’ll get
trapped into essentially importing more Democrat voters, believing
they can pick some of them off. As you said, Democrats tell us we
have to abandon conservatism. They say, “You Republicans are too
cold-hearted and cruel to Hispanics. You’ve got to become more
open-minded on immigration.” My problem with that is that I just
don’t see Democrats ceding whatever demographic they control — be
it women or minorities or whatever. I sense a trap, and I hope you
have a chance to put the brakes on some of this. There isn’t going to