Sen. Ted Cruz's dad makes fiery anti-Obama speech
August 12th, 2013
11:31 AM ET
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Sen. Ted Cruz's dad makes fiery anti-Obama speech

(CNN) – Rafael Cruz, a pastor who left Cuba as a teenager amid the nation's revolution in the 1950s, told a crowd of evangelical conservatives this weekend that President Barack Obama's policies mirror those of Cuban communist dictator Fidel Castro.

Cruz, whose son Ted serves as a U.S. senator from Texas, linked Obama and Castro through their promises to citizens, describing Castro as a "young charismatic leader who rose up talking about hope and change."

He was speaking at the Family Leader conference in Iowa, which also featured speeches from his son Ted, former Sen. Rick Santorum, and real estate mogul Donald Trump.

During his remarks, Rafael Cruz described seeing "socialism at work" during President Jimmy Carter's administration, arguing that his experience in Cuba gave him the ability to identify socialist policies at work.

"I hear people all the time say, 'This will never happen in America.' It is happening in America," Cruz said. "It is happening in America, and our rights are being eroded more and more and more every day."

During the Cuban revolution, Rafael Cruz actually sided with Castro in fighting the rightist dictator Fulgencio Batista. Ted Cruz, during his run for Senate last year, explained in an interview with the Dallas Morning News that his father "didn't know Castro was a Communist, what they knew was that Batista was a cruel and oppressive dictator."

Rafael Cruz, who left Cuba to study in Texas, later became a critic of Castro's.

During his Iowa speech, he called on pastors like himself to rally support behind conservative policies, saying it was "high time pastors stop hiding behind the pulpit."

And he argued that changes in social policy – like growing approval of same-sex marriage – were linked to a socialist agenda.

"Socialism requires that government becomes your God," he said. "That's why they have to destroy the concept of God. They have to destroy all loyalties except loyalty to the government. That's what's behind homosexual marriage. It's really more about the destruction of the traditional family than about exalting homosexuality."

Later this month, Cruz will join former Sen. Jim DeMint, the president of the conservative Heritage Foundation, on a tour to advocate defunding Obama's health care law.


Filed under: Iowa • President Obama • Ted Cruz
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. steve

    Another Republican making another anti Obama speech. Ho-hum.

    August 12, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. Anonymous

    why is this news?

    August 12, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. Sniffit

    Well, it certainly appears that the doot doesn't fall far from the anus in the Cruz family.

    August 12, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. Sniffit

    Ranting old bigot rants. Story at 11.

    August 12, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. just saying

    "I hear people all the time say, 'This will never happen in America.' It is happening in America," Cruz said. "It is happening in America, and our rights are being eroded more and more and more every day."
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    very very true.... obama's father was a communist and as they say, the apple does not fall far from the tree.

    August 12, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. Jay

    No surprise here!! Like father like son!!

    August 12, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. just asking

    Anonymous
    why is this news?
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    at least it involves politics.... the story of obama golfing for the 10,000th time wasn't news. we all know he is golfing every other day because governing the country just doesn't interest him.

    August 12, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. Mark

    The alternative is to live under oppressive right wing, Tea Party/Republican control! Just look at the conservative lunacy going on at the conference at which he is speaking. Enough! Enough!

    August 12, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "at least it involves politics.... the story of obama golfing for the 10,000th time wasn't news. we all know he is golfing every other day because governing the country just doesn't interest him."

    Least vacation time of any modern president. You should just "lazy n-bomb" instead...we know it's what you mean.

    August 12, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. Bill

    More continued GOP "rebranding"? And they wonder why they keep losing elections? Keep it up folks.

    August 12, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  11. Wake up People!

    More anti Obama rhetoric. Didn't Arizona and Missouri show enough of their rhetoric this past week. Google Arizona Obama, for the real story. It's enough to bring tears to your eyes.

    August 12, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  12. Donkey Party

    Proof that the berry doesn't fall far from the dingle.

    August 12, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. rs

    very very true.... obama's father was a communist and as they say, the apple does not fall far from the tree.
    ___________________________
    Ah, yes, the Right's favorite ploy, character assination by association. Really want to go there? What would this guy turn America into? A mirror of Afghanistan perhaps?

    August 12, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  14. Name

    Now we know his son sounds like him, why texas elected all those clowns, maybe they like to live poor and uneducated, that's y they elected them

    August 12, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. Donna

    During the Cuban revolution, Rafael Cruz actually sided with Castro in fighting the rightist dictator Fulgencio Batista. Ted Cruz, during his run for Senate last year, explained in an interview with the Dallas Morning News that his father "didn't know Castro was a Communist, what they knew was that Batista was a cruel and oppressive dictator."
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    This is SO, SO IMPORTANT to remember. Leftists and communists never, ever want you to know exactly who they are and what they represent and what their real agenda is. If Castro had come out and told people he was a communist, people wouldn't have supported him. Similarly, if Obama comes out and says he is a socilaist or a communist, people wouldn't support him like they do. Instead he cloaks his true leanings with the cape of popularism, pretending to fight for the little guy, the middle class. All the while working to get them all more and more dependent on government. Now that they have taken control of your healthcare, not much else left is there people? Only the long tail spin into the ground.

    August 12, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. California Gary

    He's right about the fact that our rights are being eroded more and more each day.........trouble is, its the GOP that is working so hard to erode them in order to keep a grip on whatever power they still have. He has identified the problem, but fails to see who the villain really is.

    August 12, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  17. PaulCat

    What bible does this pastor read from?
    Shame. Shame. Shame.

    August 12, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  18. Rocky Green

    Bush took a lot more vacations than our current president. Where was the outrage the? Congress has a 5wk vacation now. The same do nothing Republicans are voting more on ACA than work bills.

    August 12, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  19. sammy750

    Senator Harry Reid recently said the Republicans are racist. And they have been playing that role since Obama was electied. Rep. Scott wants Reid to rescind his words, but perhaps Scott is control by white Racist Republicans.

    August 12, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  20. Boo

    No priest, rabbi or anyone affiliated with a religions institution should be allowed to weigh in on politics. TAX ALL RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS. I'm tired of these freeloaders.

    August 12, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  21. Tampa Tim

    How does one explain to a right wingnut that republicans are responsible for most of our national debt? Although Obama inherited a $12 trillion national debt, he also inherited the unfunded republican war In Afghanistan and Iraq, the unfunded Medicare part D, the unpaid for tax cuts for the wealthy, and a job loss of 8 million in W's last year. We are still suffering from republican economics, as the wars, tax cuts, etc, did not end the day Obama was elected.

    August 12, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. Jeff in Virginia

    How is this hate speech relevant to our society in any way? Why is CNN giving this air-bag this undeserved spotlight and attention?

    August 12, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    "During his Iowa speech, he called on pastors like himself to rally support behind conservative policies, saying it was "high time pastors stop hiding behind the pulpit."

    This man is a pastor? Well, then ... Onward Christian Soldiers. Onward with the lies. Onward with the bigotry. Onward with the hate.

    Lying for the Lord has become as increasingly popular as it has become filled to the brim with the ever lucrative dollar signs ... yes?

    August 12, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  24. onlyfacts

    A pastor against policies that benefit the people over corporate profits. Why should I be surprised? WWJD what wouldn't Jesus do.

    August 12, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. ST

    I thought the pastor's work is to preach about religion. Has this man forgotten his role and jumping onto politics? Or is he wearing two hats in only one head? It always looks ugly by doing so.

    August 12, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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