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Ted Cruz to Tea Party: I'm 'Very, Very Seriously' Considering a Bid

By    |   Monday, 19 Jan 2015 06:32 PM

Warning the Republican Party needs to nominate a conservative for its best shot at winning back the White house, fiery Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says he's "very, very seriously" considering a bid to be that choice, Breitbart News reports.

"[W]hen Republicans nominate a strong conservative with a positive, optimistic vision, we win," Cruz told the conservative news outlet at the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention in Myrtle Beach, S.C. "It’s the pathway to victory," adding: "It’s something I’m looking at very, very seriously."

He says he's getting a lot of encouragement.

"I got to tell you, the encouragement, the expressions of support that we’ve been receiving have been breathtaking," Cruz said in the Sunday interview. "I’ve spent the day just meeting with grassroots activists, sitting here at roundtables with Republican women, with tea party leaders, with small business owners, with young people—answering their questions, listening to their concerns."

"The support we’re seeing at the grassroots but also at the financial level, the support we’re seeing from donors who recognize what we’re doing isn’t working and we’ve got to change paths," he said. "Really it’s been humbling and it’s been overwhelming."

South Carolina will cast the South's first primary ballots in 2016, shortly after the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary.

In an address to the convention goers, Cruz warned
if the GOP nominates a moderate, "the same people who stayed home in 2008 and 2012 will stay home in 2016 and the Democrats will win again."

Cruz's appearance at the grassroots activists' gathering came days after Romney confirmed at the Republican National Committee's winter meeting he's considering a third White House bid. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie also are mulling bids of their own, and could be courting some of the same donors, consultants and media attention that focused on Romney in 2012.

Cruz told Breitbart the GOP in the meantime has its work cut out for it.

"Obama has continued expanding the use of his executive authority by opening up negotiations with Cuba and implementing the executive amnesty — with plans to push other executive actions in the months ahead," he said.

But after the midterms, "Republicans came back for the lame duck, we quickly went back to business as usual passing a trillion dollar cromnibus that did not reflect the values and priorities the American people had voted for," he told Breitbart.

"It is my hope that with Republican majorities, that we will stand up and lead, that Republicans will demonstrate we deserve a Republican majority, that we will present a big, bold, positive agenda," he said.

Still, at the "end of the day," Cruz said, "our country is not going to be turned around in Washington."

"The only avenue to turn this country around is the American people and what gives me excitement as I travel here in South Carolina and as I travel all across the country I see millions of men and women — many of whom have never been involved in politic — standing up and saying enough is enough, stop bankrupting our children and grandchildren," he said.

"Stop violating the Constitution. Let’s get back to the common sense principles our country was built on."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Warning the Republican Party needs to nominate a conservative for its best shot at winning back the White house, fiery Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says he's "very, very seriously" considering a bid to be that choice, Breitbart News reports.
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