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Cruz Calls Out Hecklers at Values Voter Summit

By Sandy Fitzgerald   |   Friday, 11 Oct 2013 02:31 PM

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz effectively dealt with a small group of hecklers who tried to shout him down during his speech Friday at the Values Voter Summit

The shouting started after Cruz had launched into an attack against "that trainwreck, that disaster, that nightmare that is Obamacare."

"It seems that President Obama's paid political operatives are out in force today," Cruz said.

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The smattering of catcalls continued throughout his speech. "I'm curious, is anybody left at the Organizing for America headquarters? Cruz asked at another point, referring to Obama's political action committee.

"I'm actually glad that the president's whole political staff is here instead of actually doing mischief in the country."

The hecklers were eventually hustled out of the room at Washington's Omni Shoreham Hotel.

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Before Cruz spoke, the summit's chief organizer, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said the freshman senator was now the "de facto leader of the Republican Party

"He is what people are looking for," Perkins told CNN."[This is] somebody who will stand up and say 'This is what I stand for, this is what I believe.'

Perkins said that Cruz was one of a pack filling a vacuum in the party. There is a "breakdown between the GOP leadership and the conservatives on the inside, so you have Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Jim Jordan, Steve Scalise and others who are filling that void," he said.

Perkins said House Speaker John Boehner is "in trouble" for not listening to his membership, reports Politico.  But he admitted the speaker "pulled it out of the fire" by listening to his members during the government shutdown and debt limit showdown, and Perkins said he has heard "very good remarks" where Boehner is concerned.

But as for other key Republicans, there may be trouble come election time, Perkins told CNN.
He said he thinks it's good to have primary challengers to veteran Republican lawmakers such as Sens. Mitch McConnell, Lamar Alexander and Lindsey Graham.

"The Republican establishment has lost touch with where conservatives are," said Perkins. "The GOP has become a big tent in some respects. You've got some libertarian-minded people in there. You've got social conservatives. You've got fiscal conservatives. There is a pretty big overlap between those two in many cases"

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Further, he said, tea party supporters have changed many of the Republican Party's dynamics.
"You have probably 80 percent, 75 percent of the tea party [who] are also social conservatives," Perkins said. "But they are organized in ways that they haven't been in a long time. And that's hard for the establishment to handle."

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