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Sen. Ted Cruz to Newsmax: 2016 Election a 'Now or Never' Moment for US

By    |   Tuesday, 24 February 2015 12:35 PM

There is a growing sense that the 2016 presidential election is a "now or never" moment for Americans worried about the country’s future, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said during an appearance on Newsmax TV.

"If we continue for eight more years down this road, we risk losing the greatest country in the history of the world," Cruz, a tea party favorite who is considered likely to seek the presidency, told "America's Forum" host John Bachman. "Our debt's gone from $10 trillion to $18 trillion in just six years, our constitutional rights are under assault, and the world is on fire."

For GOP victory, Cruz suggests that voters pay keen attention in the primary to "who is standing up and leading" as opposed to who is saying they are doing so.

"Talk's cheap, in a primary, every candidate's going to come along and say, 'I'm the most conservative guy who's ever lived, hoo-diddly, I am so conservative,'" he said. "Every one of us ought to ask every candidate, 'Show me.'"

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"If you say you oppose Obamacare, show me where you stood up and fought it. If you say you oppose the debt and the debt ceiling and bankrupting our kids and grandkids, show me where you stood up and fought it.

"If you say you oppose President [Barack] Obama's illegal and unconstitutional amnesty, show me where you stood up and fought it. If you say you support the First Amendment, our free speech, if you say you support religious liberty, Hobby Lobby, the Little Sisters of the Poor, show me where you stood up and fought it," Cruz said.

"If you say you oppose the IRS targeting citizens, show me where you stood up and fought it. If you say you support the nation of Israel, if you say you oppose Iran acquiring nuclear weapons capacity, show me where you stood up and fought for your principles.

"That's what we need to demand, that's the discussion we're having."

Cruz derides consultants who say candidates have to come to the middle to win elections. It’s a theory that doesn’t work, he said, citing the failed candidacies of Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney.

"They are all good, honorable, decent men who I respect, but what they did, didn't work," Cruz said. "If we do it again, the same voters, the same millions of conservatives who stayed home in 2008 and 2012 will stay home in 2016, and Hillary Clinton will be the next president.

"I agree with Ronald Reagan. How do you win? We paint in bold colors, not pale pastels. That's what the election is going to be about."

Cruz also weighed in on the recent ruling by a Texas federal judge that the president’s executive order granting amnesty to some 5 million illegal immigrants was unconstitutional.

"The federal court said, this is not prosecutorial discretion, this is not simply deciding not to prosecute one group of individuals," said Cruz, a Harvard-educated lawyer. "This is far more, it's affirmative conduct. Why? Because what the administration is doing is printing work authorizations, issuing Social Security cards. These are affirmative actions and the courts said, these are flatly barred by federal law.

"In effect, what President Obama is doing is counterfeiting immigration documents because when you print a piece of paper that says it's a work authorization and it's directly contrary to the text of federal law, that's the only way to view it."

He called on the media to shine a spotlight on the nine Senate Democrats who publicly opposed President Obama’s "illegal action" on the campaign trail, but are "standing as a bloc … to filibuster funding for the Department of Homeland Security in order to protect the president's illegal amnesty."

"If we actually had an independent press, if the mainstream media didn't behave like lapdogs to the president, you would have reporters asking every one of those nine senators every day, 'Were you telling the truth when you told the voters you oppose the amnesty, or are you telling the truth now when you're supporting the amnesty? Which time were you telling the truth and which time were you lying?'"

Cruz favors blocking every executive or judicial nominee, with the exception of vital national security positions, as long as Obama "maintains his illegal and unconstitutional executive amnesty."

"Now that is a check and balance the Constitution gives the Senate to rein in abuse of power by the executive, and there is no ability for Senate Democrats to stop them," he said, acknowledging that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been "less than enthusiastic."

The senator came down hard on Obama’s listless "photo op foreign policy," particularly as it pertains to the Islamic State (ISIS) and the war against the violent Islamist extremists, and his refusal to identify them as Islamic extremists.

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"We need to begin with a commitment to destroy ISIS, not to degrade it, not to weaken it, to destroy it," he said. "We saw the State Department spokesperson saying we cannot defeat ISIS by killing them, we need to give them jobs. That is nonsense. The objective here is exactly that, to kill the leaders of ISIS before they carry out jihad and murder American citizens."

An "overwhelming air force," not "a bomb here, a missile there" is required. Having the Kurds and the peshmerga be the boots on the ground is a good idea, he added, but the U.S. needs to arm these soldiers if they are to destroy ISIS, which is outgunning them with the U.S. weapons ISIS members seized in Iraq.

"[The Obama administration] is sending the weapons instead to Baghdad," Cruz said. "Baghdad doesn't want to give [them] to the Kurds and so the Kurds are left without weaponry. We ought to be arming the Kurds right now, using the Kurds, the peshmerga as our boots on the ground.

"Now that may require some Special Forces to embed with them, to aid the air power and airstrikes, but the Kurds are on the ground as our boots on the ground, and what we need is a commitment from the top to actually win this military conflict and to destroy ISIS.

"That's what is missing because this president won't even acknowledge what ISIS is much, less demonstrate the resolve that we need from a commander in chief."

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