An August 31, 2013 Washington Post article reported that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz addressed an Americans for Prosperity “Defending the American Dream” summit in Orlando, Florida and received an enthusiastic response from the audience.
The summit was held as part of an effort to motivate Tea Party and conservative activists to put the 2012 defeat behind them and to prepare for the struggles to come in 2014 and 2016. If the welcome Cruz go from the 1,500 people packed into the ballroom is any indication, that work is proceeding apace.
Cruz touched on a number of issues in his speech, by primarily covered two items on his agenda, passing tax reform by instituting a flat tax and abolishing the IRS and regulatory reform, primarily by repealing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Cruz is currently engaged in a campaign to rouse public support to force Congress to defund Obamacare in the continuing resolution that must past by September 30. He has been getting considerable resistance for the effort in Congress, even from Republicans, who do not believe that the strategy is a winning one. That sentiment found few if anyone in the ballroom who would agree with it.
The speech ended with chants of, “Run, Ted, run!” An expression that clearly pleased the senator, though he batted it away with a joke about how that was what his wife said when he comes home from the gym early. Clearly, though, conservative and Tea Party activists are starting to imagine President Ted Cruz being sworn in with his right hand on the Bible after the 2016 election.