U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz said Friday that liberty has never before been as imperiled as it has been under the current presidential administration.
Cruz, who was Solicitor General of Texas from 2003 to May 2008, criticized President Barack Obama for the slow economic growth of 1.5 percent per year during his time in office and contrasted it with that of former President Ronald Reagan.
Reagan, who became president after he defeated President Jimmy Carter in 1980, implemented different policies and “limited the growth of spending, restrained regulation and there was an explosion of economic productivity” during Reagan's presidency, Cruz said. The economic growth when Reagan was president was 7.2 percent in 1984, Cruz said.
Cruz also talked about his unlikely winning of the run-off election against Dewhurst and said he started out in the polls with 2 percent of the vote and won by 14 points.
“This is an incredible testament to what the men and women of Texas can do when they work together,” he said.
JoAnn Fleming, executive director of Grassroots America, introduced Cruz to the audience by asking them if they were “ready to get rid of some liberals” in the next election. When the group cheered, she brought Cruz, whom she called “a great patriot” up on stage.