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Sen. Cruz’s Message for 2015 Resonates

Speaks at Heritage Action’s ‘Opportunity for All, Favoritism to None’ 2015 Conservative Policy Summit

WASHINGTON, DC -– U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is earning recognition for his bold message during his remarks at Heritage Action’s 2015 Conservative Policy Summit, yesterday. A summary of press coverage is below.
Ted Cruz Just Auditioned to Be the Right's Bold Leader in 2016, and Conservatives Loved It
National Journal
Rebecca Nelson
On securing the border and stopping “the president's unconstitutional amnesty,” Cruz urged his colleagues to take action. “It ain't complicated. We need to do what we said we would do.” To control government spending and rein in the federal debt, he advocated the passage of a balanced-budget amendment, arguing that it's "only basic common sense." And on repealing Common Core, he invoked Martin Luther King Jr., telling the audience that "school choice is the civil-rights issue of the 21st century.”
Ted Cruz to Senate Republicans: We must ‘earn the mandate we were given’
Washington Post
Jose A. DelReal
Cruz told audience members that Republicans would have to embrace a "big, bold, positive agenda" that emphasizes economic growth and job creation for working Americans, rather than feeding a “culture of corruption” and representing corporate interests...
…While Cruz's remarks primarily focused on economic opportunity in the United States, he also spoke about various national security concerns and criticized the administration’s fight against the Islamic State and its diplomatic policy toward Iran. “You cannot win a war against radical Islamic terrorists with an administration that is unwilling to utter the words, ‘radical Islamic terrorists’. These were not a bunch of [ticked-off] Presbyterians” said Cruz.

Ted Cruz Tells GOP Freshmen To Keep Their Promises On ACA & Immigration
Talking Points Memo
Sahil Kapur
In a Monday speech at Heritage Action's conservative policy summit, the Republican firebrand and potential 2016 presidential contender said it would be "transformational" if the dozen freshmen stand firm in their election-year promises to repeal Obamacare and President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration...
… He said that means "using every procedural tool available, including reconciliation" to pass repeal of Obamacare with 51 Senate votes and to "secure the border and stop the president's unconstitutional amnesty. In my view Republicans should take this opportunity to lead with a big, bold agenda that focuses on jobs, on liberty and on security," he said.

Cruz: GOP 'will get walloped' without action on Obamacare
Associated Press
Philip Elliott
[Cruz] said voters will punish Republicans in two years unless lawmakers have something to show for their new majority in the Senate and expanded majority in the House… "Not only will we not win elections, we will get walloped," Cruz said. "And we will deserve to get walloped."
Cruz cautioned allies, huddled for a two-day policy conference at the conservative Heritage Foundation, not to mistake the results of November's elections as endorsement of the Republicans. Instead, Cruz said the results were a rejection of business-as-usual Washington tactics. Republicans, Cruz said, must heed the public's frustration and deliver.

Cruz: Abolish The IRS
The Daily Caller
Rachel Stoltzfoos
Republicans will get “walloped” in 2016 if they return to business as usual while controlling Congress, he said, and urged leadership to take on a bold agenda. The election was not an embrace of a particular party but a rejection of the path the country is on, he said. “It was the voters saying, ‘the Obama economy, it ain’t working. We want something different. We want real leadership.’”