In contrast, Ted Cruz’s speech at the convention made only passing references to immigration and trade. Instead Cruz repeated “freedom” over and over. He declared that “America is an ideal.” In his opinion, the American ideal is only that “freedom matters.” Cruz’s speech reflected the views of his libertarian mega-donors. Leaving people alone to do whatever they like is not enough to restore the United States to military superiority or economic independence. We need strong leadership to achieve the many goals set forth in the Republican Party platform. Cruz’s vision is not that of Ronald Reagan. Reagan made the United States stronger and more prosperous as Trump vows to do.
Trump expressed genuine outrage at how “big business, elite media, and major donors are lining up behind the campaign of [Hillary Clinton] because they know she will keep our rigged system in place.” Cruz’s speech had no such criticism of Hillary. The shortcoming of Ted Cruz is not only his failure to endorse the Republican nominee, but his failure to embrace the points that Donald Trump articulated. America needs a strong leader who will make America first again, make America safe again, and make America great again.
*recorded August 2016
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