Ted Cruz Talks to Chris Wallace

by Pat Horan

On Sunday, Texas Republican Senate candidate and Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz talked to Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday. The former Texas solicitor general defeated Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst in a come-from-behind win in Tuesday’s runoff primary race.

Cruz, who has been endorsed by National Review, told Wallace that his victory is a sign that the Tea Party still has momentum.  He explained,

This is part of a tidal wave that began in 2010 and that tidal wave is only stronger in 2012.  Those protests died down. I think the reason is the Tea Party went to work…  [V]oters are tired of career politicians in both parties, I mean, our country is at a crisis point right now… The American people are looking for new leaders who will step up and stop spending money we don’t have.” 

While he prides himself as a staunch conservative, Cruz also made a point that he was willing to work across party lines.  He said, “I am perfectly happy to compromise and work with anybody: Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians – I’ll work with Martians if — and the if is critical — they’re willing to cut spending and reduce the debt.”

When Wallace asked him how Mitt Romney could increase his appeal to Hispanic voters, Cruz, the son of a Cuban immigrant, argued,

I think the Hispanic community, the values that resonate in our community, are fundamentally conservative. They are faith, family, patriotism… I think what Gov. Romney needs to do and I think what he is doing is defending those values and making the case that the Obama agenda has been incredibly destructive to the Hispanic community.

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