Another Cruz trip to Iowa stokes more 2016 speculation
August 5th, 2013
01:03 PM ET
5 years 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 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. Malory Archer

    Why? His birth certificate precludes his ability to be President. However, if he wants to waste other people's money....

    August 5, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. Bill

    I sure hope this clown runs. More fodder to remind pepole that the GOP is rife with extremeists and has lost the ability to govern. Run, Teddy, run!!

    August 5, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. truth hurts but reality bites

    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."

    The left questions his citizenship even though his mother was American. And then they support foreigners coming to the USA simply to plop out a baby on USA soil so it can be called an American citizen. Idiocy of the left.

    August 5, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. Mikey

    Can't wait to see who gets to ride in the 2016 GOP clown car primary. It will be hard to top 2012, but I think they can do it. They just keep getting nuttier and nuttier. It would be more hilarious if the joke weren't on America's future.

    August 5, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. John Carlisle

    He should produce his birth certificate, wasn't he born outside the United States. That makes him ineligible to become President.

    August 5, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. just askin

    looks like the democrat party also has a whacko birther segment....

    August 5, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. jinx9to88

    Wonder how the Tea turds and Donald Trump are gonna explain this one since the issue they raised about Obama birth certificate.

    August 5, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. Gurgyl

    This dude looks like Pat Buchanan. GOP you are silly, idiotic.

    August 5, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. jinx9to88

    Cruz stated "my mother was born in Wilmington, Delaware. She is a U.S. citizen. So I am a U.S. citizen by birth." Obama mother was born in Kansas. This is gonna be good, but I expect the Tea Turds to be hypocrites as usual.

    August 5, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. Tampa Tim

    Send this brain dead wingnut back to Canada.

    August 5, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. Wake up People!

    Can someone please clear something up for me?? I was under the impression one couldn't run for POTUS if they weren't born in the US. Isn't that the reason many in the GOP still believe to this very day that the duly elected and reelected POTUS shouldn't be in the WH right now?? Even though he was born in Hawaii, they still claim he is Kenyan born. So how is it ok for a Canadian to be POTUS??

    August 5, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. Doug in NYC

    Aboot this guy Cruz, wasn't he born in Canada? Is he an anchor baby maybe or he's here because Canada doesn't want him back? I demand to see his birth certificate, the long form one!

    August 5, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

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

    Hillary would be worse than Obama, and Christie is Democrat wearing the Republican label.

    August 5, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Ted Cruz is heading back to Iowa. Again."

    OK, then. Good for Ted Cruz ... and, um ... whatever.

    August 5, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. Cincinnati girl

    How interesting? Will Tea Party birthers deem that Cruz is ineligible to run for POTUS? Can Cruz "prove" that he really was born in Canada and that his mother was truly a citizen? Perhaps that little factoid is part of an overall conspiracy cooked up generations before Cruz's existence on the off chance that he might run for POTUS?

    Lol, it sounds ridiculous now that the shoe is on the other foot, right birthers?

    August 5, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. 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.

    2). I don't think Cruz qualifies for the Presidency because he's not a "natural born" U.S. citizen, but it's kinda moot anyway: very few Americans share his political philosophy.

    August 5, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. PJ

    I just can't believe that we have to put up with this guy for 5-1/2 more years. He is destructive in his words,
    totally out for himself, and is just plain mean.
    Thanks Tea Party, you outdid yourselves with this one.

    August 5, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. Wake up People!

    As a taxpaying citizen I DEMAND to see his birth certificate, the long form. I could give a rats furry behind if his mother was or is a citizen. The GOP rode the birther train through the entire campaign, even though President Obama's mother was a U.S. citizen, they still swore up and down he wasn't born in the U.S. Now this dude who we know was born in another country isn't feeling the same heat the POTUS did!

    Show us your papers Cruz!!! Unusually quiet aren't you Donald Trump???

    August 5, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    just askin

    looks like the democrat party also has a whacko birther segment....
    The right has a most difficult time recognizing sarcasm and cycism, most especially when it makes light of their hypocrisy.

    August 5, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    "Ted Cruz is heading back to Iowa. Again."

    OK, then. Good for Ted Cruz ... and, um ... whatever
    I mean really, what are we supposed to say Lynda?
    It's 2012 all over again with these Rethugs propping up the most unlikely and unappealing folks they can find and trying to make us sane voters care about their comings and goings.

    August 5, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Ted Cruz.
    You have GOT to be kidding me.
    Ted Cruz????!

    August 5, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  22. Peace

    Hello Raphael Cruz, just take a seat and stop wasting your time and money. You will never become President. Those votes of teabaggers can not even push you a thousands miles to the White House. Relax and forget it.

    August 5, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "Neither party has a clearly strong candidate........."

    President Romney agrees.

    August 5, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. Gurgyl

    You cn throw many hats in the ing–but crown goes to Hillary. Yes, on Hillary16.
    PS: nonetheless it is too early for this fight, GOP idiots forget.

    August 5, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    The only people speculating about Cruz running for POTUS are Cruz, the MSM and a handful of delusional Teatrolls. The rest of us know for a 100% certainty that he hasn't got a chance of winding up in the WH. This is the MSM selling the idea just to manufacture a narrative.

    August 5, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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