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Ted Cruz CPAC 2015 Ted Cruz BLASTS Hillary, Takes Questions from Hannity at CPAC 2015

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Published on Feb 26, 2015

Ted Cruz CPAC 2015 “God bless CPAC!” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said as he took the stage conservative political action committee 2015 at the annual conservative convention Thursday afternoon. Noting that no Democrats were in attendance, he joked, “It’s almost like CPAC invited Benjamin Netanyahu to speak.” He then said CPAC could have had Hillary Clinton at the conference but “couldn’t find a foreign nation to foot the bill.”ted Cruz urged fiscal and social conservatives to come together in order to “get to 51%” in the next presidential election. “Hillary Clinton embodies the corruption of Washington,” he said of his potential 2016 opponent, implying that he represents the opposite.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, in a rousing and well-received speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday, drew a proverbial line in the sand between true conservatives like himself and “squishy moderate” Republicans who may also decide to seek the party’s 2016 nomination.
In a speech focused on the divides among the prospective 2016 candidates, the Tea Party populist threw bombs at Washington, at Hillary Clinton and, most frequently, at his fellow Republicans.
“If you’re really a conservative, you’d be in the trenches, you’d bear the scars, you’d have been fighting the fights,” Cruz told an amped-up crowd. “So if you’re a candidate who has stood up against Democrats, great. But when have you been willing to stand up against Republicans?”
The comments appeared to be directed at other Republicans likely to jump in to the race — like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — who conservatives have accused of holding moderate positions on issues dear to the movement, including immigration reform and education.
“We need to look to people who talk the walk, who don’t (just) talk to talk,” Cruz said, adding that “actions speak far, far louder than words.”
But Cruz didn’t limit his scathing remarks to his fellow GOPers. He also let loose on President Obama and Hillary Clinton, who will likely jump into the race for the Democrats in coming months.
“Washington wants Obamacare. The people want liberty,” he said, continuing with his show-stopping “us-and-them” motif. “Washington wants amnesty. The people want rule of law. Washington wants power of the internet. The people want freedom online.”
And what about the Democrat’s likely choice as their own nominee?
“Hillary Clinton embodies the corruption of Washington,” Cruz said, prompting yet another round of wild cheering.The senator framed himself as a man of “action,” not just words, telling those in attendance they should demand that leaders “stand up against” not only President Barack Obama‘s policies, but also against “career politician” Republicans who don’t meet his conservative ideals.
Following the speech, Fox News’ Sean Hannity came out and asked Cruz a series of questions. But rather than giving Cruz the grilling that Laura Ingraham delivered to Chris Christie earlier in the day, Hannity mostly just set him up to deliver applause-garnering lines. Case in point, his final question: “Why does Ted Cruz love America?”
Watch Cruz’s full speech plus Q&A below, via NBC News:
Full Speech. Sen Ted Cruz Hannity Cpac 2015

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