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Cruz: ‘The whole world is on fire’

Last modified: 3/17/2015 1:00:31 AM
At the first of two stops in New Hampshire yesterday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz told more than 100 people that the country has nearly reached the “point of no return” and “if we go four or eight more years on this path, we risk losing the greatest country in the history of the world.”

The Texas Republican, who in the past week has also spoke in Iowa and South Carolina, hinted that he could soon announce that he plans to run for president.

At Turbocam in Barrington, the high attendance of Cruz’s speech caused the turbomachinery development and manufacturing company to shift the location into a bigger room. Cruz shook hands and took photos with dozens of attendees on his way in, eventually beginning his remarks about an hour after the scheduled start time.

If he were president, he said, he would work to “repeal every word” of Obamacare and Common Core State Standards, abolish the Internal Revenue Service and adopt a flat tax simple enough “so that every American can fill out his or her taxes on a postcard.”

Americans are “waking up,” he said, and realizing with a sense of urgency that the direction of government needs to change.

“The Obama economy is a disaster, Obamacare is a trainwreck, and the Obama-Clinton foreign policy of leading from behind – the whole world is on fire,” he said.

The bit about the world being on fire was news to 3-year-old Julia Trant of Londonderry. She piped up from the front row to clarify: “The world is on fire?”

Cruz responded: “The world is on fire. Yes! Your world is on fire. But you know what? Your mommy’s here and everyone’s here to make sure the world you grow up in is better.”

To turn the country around, Cruz said, “We need to stop the out-of-control regulators who are descending like locusts on small business around this country.” The most important regulation to dismantle is the Affordable Care Act, Cruz said.

He also advocated that the country “abolish the IRS.”

“There are 110,000 agents at the IRS. We need to put a padlock on that building and take every one of those 110,000 agents and put them on our southern border,” he said.

“Now look, I say that somewhat tongue-in-cheek – but think about it for a minute. Imagine you’ve traveled thousands of miles in the blinding sun, you’re dripping wet, you swim the Rio Grande and the first thing you see is 110,000 IRS agents? You’d turn around and go home too.”

If Cruz was worried about getting financial backing before announcing his candidacy, 47-year-old Gary DiPiero of Saugus, Mass., tried to help. He literally handed Cruz a blank check.

During the question-and-answer period of Cruz’s stop, DiPiero stood up from the front row and told Cruz there’s more of a movement backing him than he realizes.

“You don’t understand the groundswell movement. The media hushes us up, Fox News hushes us up,” he said. “They won’t put you on. They’re in the tank for RINO Republicans and we’re tired of it.”

The crowd went wild and DiPiero went for his wallet: “My wife gave me a blank check, for God’s sake.” He fumbled with his wallet for a second and then dropped the whole thing at Cruz’s feet.

“It’s D-Day in America, folks. . . . We can’t wait for another Republican. We need Ted Cruz and I don’t care who he runs with. We need him and that’s it,” he said. “We need you! You don’t need the money!”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent speech before a joint session of Congress, Cruz said, was “Churchillian.” Meanwhile, the White House is “attacking and undermining our friends and allies while they coddle and appease our enemies,” he said. If it weren’t for political posturing by Obama and Senate Democrats, Cruz said, a bipartisan effort could craft a bill streamlining and improving legal immigration “that would sail through Congress.”

Cruz emphasized the need for conservatives that he said didn’t vote in the 2008 election and voted even less in the 2012 election to turn out in 2016. He said he’s “very, very seriously” considering a run for president.

“The encouragement we’re seeing, particularly in the grassroots on the ground, has been breathtaking,” he said.

(Nick Reid can be reached at 369-3325 or nreid@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @NickBReid.)


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