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Cruz to Get Hero's Welcome in Iowa, N.H.

By    |   Saturday, 15 Feb 2014 06:14 PM

Sen. Ted Cruz will get the star treatment when he shows up this spring to court conservatives in Iowa and New Hampshire, two critical presidential primary states.

“A ticker-tape parade” will greet him in Iowa, Steve Deace, a conservative radio host, told The Hill.

The Texas Republican is scheduled to speak in Des Moines on March 18 at a home-schooling rally sponsored by the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators, The Hill reports.

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“At this point with grass-roots conservatives around the country, it’s a close vote between who they distrust the most: the president, [House Speaker] John Boehner [R-Ohio] or [Senate Minority Leader]Mitch McConnell,” Deace said.

Deace, like Ann Ray Trimble, a conservative activist in Iowa, told the Hill that conservatives admired Cruz's stance this week on the debt-ceiling vote in Congress.

"It plays very well," Trimble told The Hill, "because the rank-and-file conservative in Iowa is a law-and-order person who believes, as Senator Cruz stated in his objection, that the rules are the rules, the laws are the laws, and we need to follow them and not break them for political expediency."

On April 12, Cruz will attend the New Hampshire Freedom Summit, sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, the group co-founded by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch.

Other Republicans scheduled to speak include Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who also are potential GOP presidential candidates in 2016.

"They want to see people take a stand one way or the other: 'Where do you stand on spending? How serious are you about spending?'" Greg Moore, a state AFP director, told The Hill. "Fiscal issues are huge in New Hampshire.

"Our activists want to see a great deal of accountability,” Moore added. "They would look at any opportunity bringing accountability as positive for Senator Cruz."

This week, Cruz led a filibuster against ending the debate on a bill approved by the House of Representatives to extend the nation's borrowing authority for one year without any restrictions — a demand by President Barack Obama.

He was stopped by McConnell, the Kentucky senator, and Minority Whip Sen. John Cornyn of Texas.

The senators, who face tough primaries in their home states from challengers backed by the tea party, came forward to cast "aye" votes to end Cruz's filibuster.

Ten other GOP senators followed suit, along with 53 Democrats and two independents who caucus with Democrats. The "clean" debt-ceiling bill then advanced to the Senate floor and was approved 55-43 on a straight party-line vote.

Cruz has come under fire by his Republican colleagues for some of his procedural tactics throughout his first term, The Hill reports.

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Sen. Ted Cruz will get the star treatment when he shows up this spring to court conservatives in Iowa and New Hampshire, two critical presidential primary states. "A ticker-tape parade" will greet him in Iowa, Steve Deace, a conservative radio host, told The Hill.
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