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Ted Cruz riffs on Sebelius, touts growth and opportunity at Freedom Summit

Ted Cruz
Ted Cruz
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According to a Saturday story on Breitbart’s Big Government, Sen. Ted Cruz referenced the recent resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at the Freedom Summit that was held in New Hampshire over the weekend. He mocked the idea that she resigned as a result of Obamacare’s alleged success. He suggested that if that were the case that every Democrat should resign and leave the Obama administration.

The Freedom Summit was organized by Citizens United and Americans for Prosperity. The conference was attended by numerous Republican heavy hitters, many, who like Cruz, are being mentioned as candidates for president in 2016. But while Cruz, his fellow Senator Rand Paul, and a number of others showed up, ABC News reported that a number of more moderate GOP politicians, including Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida were conspicuous by their absence. A mention of Bush elicited boos at the conference.

Besides poking fun at Sebelius, Cruz rolled out a theme that is likely to be a feature of any campaign for the presidency, according to the Wall Street Journal. He touted the ideas of growth and opportunity, something that seems to be a response to then candidate Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign themes of hope and change. He hammered the administration for what he sees as over regulation that is stifling small business.

Even though Cruz is only in his second year as a United States Senator, he has generated a considerable amount of news and speculation. He has been attacked for his no compromise opposition to Obamacare, having been blamed for a government shut down last Fall. However Cruz also scored a legislative triumph by persuading both the Senate and the House to unanimously pass a provision barring an Iranian diplomat who had participated in the 1979 hostage taking of American diplomats.