DES MOINES, Iowa – Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, returned to Iowa on Tuesday, marking his fourth trip to the first-in-the-nation caucus state in just eight months.
“Kids are bipartisan,” Cruz told a crowd of homeschool activists. “I am convinced school choice is the civil rights issue of the 21st century. Every single child deserves the opportunity to have an excellent education.”
He expanded on his response after the event: “I think we should be pursuing every possible policy for parents and for kids. For too long, we have been hearing that solutions will come in time, and yet one generation after another of kids are left without good options. We need to have the urgency that we would have it, frankly, if it was our kids trapped in schools.”
The Tea Party favorite was the keynote speaker at the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators Homeschool Day -- a politically active group that helped both former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (in 2008) and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (in 2012) win the Iowa caucuses.
Although Cruz never made any direct reference to 2016, if he did run for president, this conservative group would be one he would need to win over. Influential conservatives Bob Vander Plaats, president and CEO of the Iowa-based The Family Leader, and Rep. Steve King from Northwest Iowa were in attendance at the event.
During his speech, Cruz attacked President Barack Obama for having an administration “with such hostility to religious faith.”
Later this evening, the freshman senator from Texas will speak at the Cerro Gordo County GOP Dinner in Mason City. In previous months, he has addressed the Iowa GOP’s annual summer picnic in July, the Family Leader Summit in August and the annual Ronald Reagan Dinner in October
First published March 18 2014, 2:23 PM