Another Cruz trip to Iowa stokes more 2016 speculation
August 5th, 2013
01:03 PM ET
1 year ago

Another Cruz trip to Iowa stokes more 2016 speculation

(CNN) - Ted Cruz is heading back to Iowa. Again.

The Republican Party of Iowa announced Monday that the freshman U.S. senator from Texas will headline its annual Ronald Reagan Commemorative Dinner, scheduled this year on October 25th at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

The dinner, held each autumn, is one of the largest fundraising events for the state party, and in the past has been keynoted by potential GOP presidential contenders.

For Cruz, who's considered a possible 2016 White House contender, this trip will be his third this year to the state that traditionally kicks off the presidential primary and caucus calendar.

Last month the former solicitor general of Texas who was elected to the Senate last November with strong tea party and other grassroots conservative support, received positive reviews after speaking at "Pastors and Pews," a closed-to-the-press meeting of about 800 pastors and their spouses in Des Moines put on by the American Renewal Project, a social conservative group. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who's been very open about the possibility of a 2016 nomination bid, also addressed the crowd.

While in Iowa, Cruz also headlined the Iowa GOP's summer picnic, and attended some smaller, separate meet-and-greets with Republicans.

This Saturday Cruz will be back in Iowa, to address the 2013 Family Leadership Summit. The event's being put on by the Family Leader, a group that's influential with social conservatives in Iowa.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who battled eventual 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney deep into last year's primary season, will also speak at the event, as will Donald Trump, who once again might be flirting with running for president.

In announcing Cruz as the headliner for the Reagan Dinner, Iowa GOP chairman A.J. Spiker said "Senator Cruz has quickly become nationally recognizable as someone who came to Washington to truly shake things up. Cruz has been a tremendous leader in holding the Obama administration accountable for the out of control debt and spending problems we face today."

The dinner has given potential Republican presidential candidates a spotlight to showcase themselves. Then Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty headlined the dinner in 2009. He eventually went on to launch an unsuccessful bid for the 2012 nomination. The next year former Alaska Gov. and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin keynoted the dinner. At the time she was flirting with a possible White House run.

"Keynoting the Iowa GOP's fall dinner provides rocket fuel to presidential speculation," former Iowa GOP chairman Matt Strawn tells CNN. "Appearing before a ballroom full of the Iowa GOP faithful, as well as the assembled state and national press in attendance, will allow Senator Cruz to further plant a flag in the minds of key Hawkeye state activists (and potential 2016 opponents) that he is playing for keeps here."

While Cruz's travel plans give the appearance of a man with 2016 on his mind, the senator's advisers say Cruz is fully focused on his work in Congress.

Cruz press secretary Catherine Frazier recently told CNN that the senator's "been receiving an overwhelming amount of requests to speak. The senator is willing and excited go anywhere where people want to listen to his vision and message for restoring our nation's economic growth."

As for this latest news, Frazier said that "the senator is honored to have received the invitation and looks forward to participating."

While Paul has been very open about the possibility of running for president, Cruz has been less public with his remarks. Talking to reporters following his Iowa GOP event last month, Cruz further tamped down on talk of 2016, saying "we just had a presidential race a few months ago...as a voter I think it's premature to decide who we should support."

"Right now the Senate is the battlefield and I think if we focus on substance, the politics will take care of itself," added Cruz.

Cruz's eligibility to run for president has been subject to debate. He was born in Canada to a Cuban father and an American mother. Cruz addressed the question in a recent interview with ABC, saying that "my mother was born in Wilmington, Delaware. She is a U.S. citizen. So I am a U.S. citizen by birth."


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soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. joe

    another nut case brought to you by the tea party!

    August 5, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. Gunderson

    You get all excited for nothing. Cruz no be canidate. Next president, vice president be Mammy Yokum and Sargent Snorkel. You know them as Sarah Palin and Chris Christie. Big Liberal's wnt run country but want conservatives pay for it. No can do. You want, you pay. Divvy up.

    August 5, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Wake up People!
    So how is it ok for a Canadian to be POTUS??
    -------------------------------------------------
    Rhetorical question, right Wake up?!

    August 5, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "The left questions his citizenship "

    Not really. This is just us throwing it back in your faces because you deserve it, not because we honestly believe it. Smile...you're reaping what you sowed.

    August 5, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. MTATL67

    This radical extremist has as much chance at becoming president as that nutter Bachmann had

    August 5, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. kirk

    Its called hypocracy. And it's all they know

    August 5, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. Wake up People!

    Dude looks like Grandpa Munster....

    August 5, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. rs

    Cruz deserves the chance to make his case (along with the recent nutjobs like Mr. 999, Mr. Perry, Ms. Bachmann and others from the last election), however, the risk in letting him run, is the opportunity to reveal ever more clearly to the public that utter lack of suitable candidates from the "right".
    Cruz, like Issa, and other TEA Party anti-Americans are disasters waiting to happen. We had 8 years of Mr. Bush, could America withstand a round with Perry, Palin or Bachmann?

    August 5, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. sonny chapman

    This guy is a dangerous demagogue; dangerous because he's very good. He also preaches the easiest thing to sell-hate, using the best known sales tactic-fear.

    August 5, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. just askin

    interesting... all the leftists attacking him (nothing new there right?) and calling him names, but no actual discussion of his positions. yes... the low intelligence voters of the left in action. can't debate ideas, just name call like children.

    so what positions does he hold that you find wrong? he wants to secure the borders? most americans want that. how about a discussion about positions?

    August 5, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. g

    cruz might be moving into a white house,but it won,t be in washington

    August 5, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. Steveo

    Several questions on Cruz's eligibility to run (IF he runs) for president. The US Constitution limits the presidency to "Natural Born" citizens. The Constitution also fails to define what a "Natural Born" is. Does it mean:
    1. One born within national borders (most of us)?
    2. One born while a parent or parents are assigned to embassy or military duties outside of national borders (McCain)?
    3. One simply born to an America citizen...PERIOD! (Obama/Cruz)?

    Some challenged McCain back in 2008. Plenty challenged Obama back in 2008. Cruz is already being challenged and he has not declared anything! Since the Constitution did not define "Natural Born Citizen", it is very clear, the courts will.

    Problem is, if Cruz gets by on #3, the Birthers (I am NOT one nor did I ever agree with them, FYI) are going to look more foolish than ever, if that is possible!

    August 5, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. kirk

    Anchor baby? He can't run.too bad

    August 5, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. Carly

    Couldn't agree more joe.

    August 5, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. rs

    Data Driven

    1). Do conservatives commemorate anyone else besides Reagan? Can't Goldwater get any respeck? Goldwater was the first politician to articulate, if not wholly invent, the modern conservative movement. Of course, Goldwater would purged from today's GOP as a liberal. Well, so would Reagan. Whatever, I don't really care.
    __________________________
    The purge in the Arizona GOP happened officially a number of years back. Goldwater is considered a historic figure from Arizona's past, but not an historic Republican figure. The State GOP is way too far gone now to accept much from Mr. Goldwater.

    August 5, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    -Rick McDaniel

    Neither party has a clearly strong candidate.........so why shouldn't Cruz throw his hat in the ring????

    Hillary would be worse than Obama, and Christie is Democrat wearing the Republican label.
    ********************
    So sayeth the one who came out and blamed Lincoln for the Civil War, and cheered those who desecrated his monument? Your perspective has gone beyond skewed and entered perverted.

    August 5, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. rs

    just askin

    interesting... all the leftists attacking him (nothing new there right?) and calling him names, but no actual discussion of his positions. yes... the low intelligence voters of the left in action. can't debate ideas, just name call like children.

    so what positions does he hold that you find wrong? he wants to secure the borders? most americans want that. how about a discussion about positions?
    _______________________________
    JA- I think if one takes a look at the state of Texas, the answer to your dreary questions can be found there. Most Americans believe in equal rights for women, a good education system, less poverty, or that men shouldn't rot in prison for stealing sneakers like they can in Texas. You know, little stuff like that just isn't "right" for America. Mr. Cruz has been a TEA Party chearleader- and lets be honest- most Americans are patriots, not faux little revolutionaries like that crowd is.

    August 5, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    -just askin

    interesting... all the leftists attacking him (nothing new there right?) and calling him names, but no actual discussion of his positions. yes... the low intelligence voters of the left in action. can't debate ideas, just name call like children.

    so what positions does he hold that you find wrong? he wants to secure the borders? most americans want that. how about a discussion about positions?

    *******************
    A discussion? You are actually caliming you want to have a discussion, when every post you make on here is nothing more than a series of attacks? You start out by attacking the intelligence of people who disagree with you, then claim that what you really want is a serious talk. Fine. Cruz is unacceptable as a president, senator, or anything because he takes a ideologically based position that bears little resemblance to reality. Legislation is by nature the art of compromise, and the Tea Party has stated it will not compromise: fine, then you won't get anything passed or accomplished. It's not about securing the border, its HOW he wants to do it. That is what the Right is no longer capable of doing explaining how they will do things without ripping the country apart any more than they already have. Every argument they make is tinged with a visceral hatred of anyone or anything that takes a contrary position. Until Cruz and other like realize that others have a right to live their lives and voice their opinions, all their chest-beating will come to nothing.

    August 5, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    just askin wrote:

    interesting... all the leftists attacking him (nothing new there right?) and calling him names, but no actual discussion of his positions. yes... the low intelligence voters of the left in action. can't debate ideas, just name call like children.

    so what positions does he hold that you find wrong? he wants to secure the borders? most americans want that. how about a discussion about positions?
    ---------------
    What has been his position on Pres. Obama's birth certificate? He ran for Senator as a birther.

    August 5, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  20. Wake up People!

    You know it Dominican Mama..... I know the real reason but I'm just waiting to hear their excuse, you know they have one....

    This is a train I want the democrats to ride all the way thru the Primary, just like they did the POTUS. Show us your papers Teddy! I could give a rats furry butt that your mother was a citizen. I want to know why that was a problem for President Obama but not Mr. Canada.

    August 5, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Steveo
    3. One simply born to an America citizen...PERIOD! (Obama/Cruz)?
    -------------------------------------------------
    Actually steveo, President Obama was born within national borders. He fits your #1 prerequisite, AS WELL AS #3.
    I never caught on to the fact that you were/are a Birther.
    What a pity.

    August 5, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  22. Thomas

    The reincarnation of Joe McCarthy !

    August 5, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    steveo
    Problem is, if Cruz gets by on #3, the Birthers (I am NOT one nor did I ever agree with them, FYI) are going to look more foolish than ever, if that is possible
    -------------------------------------------------
    And yet you list Obama in your #3 prerequisite NOT #1, that being that he was born within national borders as you put it.
    So if you're NOT a Birther steveo what are you guys Birthers calling yourselves these days?

    August 5, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  24. Dallas

    He reminds me of Burt Lancaster in Elmer Gantry – a slick con man preaching what people want to hear, but nothing but a charlaton who eventually is found out. America, this man is dangerous – don't be taken in by this false prophet.

    August 5, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    so what positions does he hold that you find wrong?
    -------------------------------------------------
    Whether he's in the prone or upright position he's still an extremist AND an idiot.

    August 5, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
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