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Sen. Ted Cruz, (R-Texas), speaks during the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, Saturday Aug. 10, 2013.
AMES, Iowa – Texas Sen. Ted Cruz made his second appearance in just the past month to the first-in-the-nation caucus state telling a Christian conservative crowd the grassroots need to keeping taking a stand in order to take back America.
“There is a divide -- a divide of Washington versus the people. And we have been seeing over and over again the people rising up and saying, 'Look, career politicians in both parties have let us down. We need to get back to the Constitution and the principles that made this country strong,’” Cruz told the crowd.
He received a strong welcome at the Family Leadership Summit as he introduced himself to Iowans and kept the crowd laughing throughout his speech.
“If you look at politics, you go back to the original Greek, "politics" had two parts: “poli,” meaning many, and “tics,” meaning blood-sucking parasites,” Cruz explained to the crowd to laughs. “And that fairly accurately describes the state of affairs in Washington today.”
He received standing ovations when he called for the abolishing of the Internal Revenue Service and the repeal of Obamacare.
Saturday’s address came just about a month after Cruz made his first appearance. In July, he privately addressed several hundred church leaders during the Iowa Renewal Project conference and then spoke at the Republican Party of Iowa summer picnic. Cruz will return to the state again to be the keynote speaker at the state party’s Ronald Reagan Commemorative Dinner on Oct. 25.
Appearances in the Hawkeye State only continue to fuel speculation that Cruz may run for president in 2016.
The first-term senator was not the only Cruz at the event Saturday. Pastor Rafael Cruz, Ted’s father, joined his son and also addressed the crowd.
Pastor Cruz, who serves as the director of Purifying Fire Ministries in the U.S., Mexico, and Central America, publicly introduced himself to Iowans by telling the crowd how he fled Cuba and came to the United States in search of a better life.
“A young charismatic leader rose up talking about hope and change…his name was Fidel Castro,” Pastor Cruz said about his time in Cuba. “We all followed him. We all thought he was going to be our liberator. Well, to make a long story short, as a result of being involved in the revolution, I ended up in prison and tortured.”
He also strongly condemned President Obama’s administration during his roughly 15-minute speech that concluded with a standing ovation from the crowd.
Pastor Cruz told the crowd: “When you hear this attack on religion, it’s not really an attack on religion. The fundamental basis is this: socialism requires government becomes your God. That’s why they have to destroy the concept of God. They have to destroy all loyalties except loyalty to the government. That’s what is behind homosexual marriage. It is really more about the destruction of the traditional family than about insulting homosexuality because you need to destroy also, loyalty to the family.”