First on CNN: Cruz invited to key 2016 presidential state
May 24th, 2013
02:39 PM ET
11 months ago

First on CNN: Cruz invited to key 2016 presidential state

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - An influential social conservative organization in New Hampshire has invited Sen. Ted Cruz to speak to its members, an offer that would present the Texas Republican an opportunity to begin meeting primary voters if he decides to run for president.

Cornerstone Action specifically asked Cruz to address their annual fundraising dinner that will take place in the fall.

"I am very impressed with his record on social issues and education," said Ashley Pratte, executive director of Cornerstone Action. "He would be a good keynote speaker for this organization."

There is speculation that Cruz, who was elected in November, is eyeing a run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016. Earlier this month, Cruz traveled to South Carolina – another important early presidential voting state – to headline a Republican Party fundraiser.

The senator's office said it has not confirmed whether or not he will attend the New Hampshire event.

Cruz, 42, has been an outspoken opponent of President Barack Obama's policies and he has even criticized his own political party. His willingness to do so has earned him accolades from conservatives.

Cornerstone describes its mission as "preserving New Hampshire's traditional values, limited government, and free markets through education, information, and advocacy."

In recent years, the Cornerstone dinner has served as a venue for GOP presidential candidates. Last year, Texas Gov. Rick Perry delivered the keynote address, a speech that went viral because of his bizarre delivery of it. In 2011, former Sen. Rick Santorum and businessman Herman Cain spoke at the Cornerstone fundraiser.

Already, two potential Republican presidential candidates have visited New Hampshire to help raise money for the GOP. This past Monday, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul was the featured speaker at a New Hampshire Republican Party fundraiser, while Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal raised money for state Senate Republicans earlier this month.


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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. California Gary

    This guy makes Rick Perry look almost sane by comparison. Another Texan who is all hat and no cattle........where do they get these guys?

    May 24, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    What does he have to offer? I don't see him having any real charisma to convince me that he is a good candidate. His attitudes seem to be that everyone "should fend for themselves."

    May 24, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. Ben

    The early fifties had Joe McCarthy, where much harm was done without retribution to the republican party. Are they (the republicans), going to get another shot at ruining many innocent lives again? If they get it done, the people have no one to blame but themselves for being stupid enough to fall for it again. WAKE-UP people.

    May 24, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. California Gary

    I nominate Robin Williams to play this guy in the movie........

    May 24, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. sassysticks53

    An influential social conservative organization in New Hampshire has invited Sen. Ted Cruz to speak to its members, an offer that would present the Texas Republican an opportunity to begin meeting primary voters if he decides to run for president.

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    President of what country, Mexico? This extremist will NEVER become POTUS! You can count on it.

    May 24, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. PJ

    "The Cornerstone dinner has served as a venue for GOP Presidential candidates"
    Those speakers were: Rick Perry, Santorum, Herm Cain...............enuf said. No winners here.

    May 24, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. Virginia

    oh god....really??

    May 24, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    This gop loser teaparty bafoon is the worst the gop has to offer, no wonder they lose every elections unless their gerrimandering or vote rigging by Nathan sproul and the rnc and rincemy penniss is involved . Gop out in 2014!!!!!!

    May 24, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. scarf

    If the Republicans think being born in Kenya means you can't be elected POTUS, why do they think being born in Canada is any different?

    May 24, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. SuperD

    Ted Cruz punches weakling Liberal's in the gut. THIS is the one guy a stupid Liberal should not debate, he will skin you alive because he can articulate how much nonsense Obama and the Democrats peddle.

    He's the anti nanny welfare state which all you goobers think is so wonderful. God Speed Ted on his mission to debunk the sickening progressive liberal pigs. aka Obama, Hillary, Pelosi and Reid.

    May 24, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. chris

    Is this guy even an AMERICAN he was born in canada Don't be fooled.

    May 24, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. Eddie

    He was born in Canada

    May 24, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. Marie MD

    Let me get this straight, this cornerstone group served as a "venue" for oops governor from Texas, racist lite Paul, Im with the stupid party from LA and now this Canadian born freak also from Texas?
    I wouldn't bet on anything good coming from these tea trolls.
    This director, prattle, is impressed of the Canadian's view on social issues and education? Are these people completely insane?
    We need the bad hair man to show us how a Canadian born crazier than bat *hit tea troll can be president.

    May 24, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    Democrats, rejoice. Another presidential victory coming your way.

    May 24, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. Al-NY,NY

    wasted money on a waste of a "possible" candidate. this guy couldn't win any state (other than his own) with more than just a few electoral votes

    May 24, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. Gary

    "Cruz, 42, has been an outspoken opponent of President Barack Obama's policies"
    Now there's a surprise. That puts him at the top of the list. Another " Just Say No' kinda guy. Some day you'll have to come up with something other than No Teddy.

    May 24, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. cc

    Obama fooled me twice n not this time. OBA is the worse pres. in history. He woud have not been pres if the liberal media had not helped: CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, POLITICO, etc, etc...Go Cruz, is about time for a real change. I am a democrats fun, my vote goes to u

    May 24, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  18. jinx9to88

    LMAO!!! The gifts keep coming. Thanks GOP.

    May 24, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. chilly g

    thie guy has nothing to offer to the american peoples but hate toward anyone who don't agree with his nutty ideals.
    it no way this guy could become president of the USA.

    May 24, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. king

    where is Donald Trump and the birthers, i thought Cruz was a foreigner and could not be president. where are the birthers that have been harassing Obama for the past 5 years. i wonder if any birther repub will vote for a Canadian, lets watch and see folks this will be most interesting

    May 24, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. Malory Archer

    sassysticks53

    An influential social conservative organization in New Hampshire has invited Sen. Ted Cruz to speak to its members, an offer that would present the Texas Republican an opportunity to begin meeting primary voters if he decides to run for president.

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    President of what country, Mexico? This extremist will NEVER become POTUS! You can count on it.

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    Canada perhaps? After all that's where he was born.

    May 24, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. Necronn99

    I WILL VOTE FOR TED best pres candiate yet

    May 24, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "Are they (the republicans), going to get another shot at ruining many innocent lives again?"

    Well, as they say...stick to what you know...

    May 24, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    Gotat love CNN trying to sell this guy's "maverickiness"...lame...he lashed out at GOPers because they criticized his ridiculous obstruction of regular order on the budget. The guy is an extremist, radical loon. That he blathered nonsense at both political parties doesn't put him in the "middle"...not in this case...no no...it puts him waaaaay to the right of even the current crop of extremist right wing nut jobs.

    May 24, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  25. Doc1

    Not a chance of being POTUS. Despite his education, too narrow-minded, And wasn't he born in Canada?

    May 24, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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