Fourth trip to Iowa for Cruz
March 18th, 2014
11:26 AM ET
4 months ago

Fourth trip to Iowa for Cruz

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

The freshman senator from Texas and possible 2016 GOP White House contender is making his fourth visit since last July to Iowa, the state that kicks off the presidential caucus and primary calendar.

Cruz, a favorite of many tea party activists and other grassroots conservatives, will give the keynote address Tuesday at a daylong event in Des Moines organized by homeschooling activists from across Iowa.

Cruz speaks to the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators (NICHE), a politically-engaged group that has previously hosted presidential contenders. Home school advocates, who tend to be politically active and often conservative and religious, supported the last two GOP winners of the Iowa caucus: former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in 2008 and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania in 2012.

CNN has learned that Cruz will also have lunch with some leading Hawkeye State conservatives before he gives his address. They include Bob Vander Plaats, president and CEO of the Iowa-based The Family Leader, a major social conservative group, and Rep. Steve King, a conservative firebrand, according to a source with knowledge of the senator's schedule.

In his speech, Cruz is expected to tout the recent legislative successes won by home school advocates in Iowa, and the senator will say those victories are a good model for home schoolers across the country, according to the source.

Cruz is also expected to say that school choice is the civil rights issue of our time.

Later in the Day, Cruz speaks at a Cerro Gordo County GOP Dinner in Mason City, Iowa.

Cruz headlined the Iowa GOP's annual summer picnic last July. He was back in the Hawkeye State a month later to speak at a Family Leader summit. In October, Cruz returned to Iowa to make an address at the state party's Ronald Reagan Dinner, and joined King the next day at the congressman's annual Col. Bud Day Pheasant Hunt and Defenders of Freedom event.

Cruz has made more trips to Iowa since the last presidential election than any of the other potential Republican or Democratic 2016 contenders.


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soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Tampa Tim

    Americans work hard, and the GOP gives it to the wealthy 1%. Trickle down has destroyed our country.

    March 18, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    This dude is not born citizen. Why does he go to Iowa. Just send him back to his native nation, Canada.

    March 18, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Tampa Tim

    Do tax payers have to pay for Cruz's trips to Iowa? Of course we do.

    March 18, 2014 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    How can we allow this outsider come in and destroy our counry

    March 18, 2014 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. Bill from GA

    I somewhat resent it that Iowa, New Hampshire, and a few other states always lead the campaign season and thus eliminate some candidates before the rest of the country is involved. The good side is that we don't have to put up with the likes of Ted Cruz dirtying up our evening news so often.

    Take that, Iowa. I bet your TV news is full of Cruz. And the year before the primary, you get all the stinkin', lying ads 24/7.

    March 18, 2014 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. Hector Slagg

    Whazzat?,
    Ted Cruz going to Iowa again? Holy Freedom of Speech !! Nothing like Airing out the Liberal's dirty laundry. Obama's job approval rating at 48 percent? Nothing like getting a free pass except for one thing. When did Obama ever work? So far he has been completely absent from the job he ran for.

    The Tea party is not Grass Roots? Well ya coulda fooled me. I know, I know nobody wants to hear bad news. Maybe that's why a lot of you stick your head in the sand. It's beginning to look like a lot of you will have to make some abrupt changes. Geronimo !!

    March 18, 2014 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    -Tampa Tim

    Rasmussen daily tracking has Obama's job approval at 48%.
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    that's probably the highest they ahve had him since he became president. Frankly, polls are useless.

    March 18, 2014 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    -Chris-E...al

    God gives and the dems taketh it away !
    ******************************
    Cute. I guess I'm waiting for Jesus to come and chase the GOP and the moneychangers out the Capital building.

    March 18, 2014 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    Next time this ugly looking rat form goes to Iowa somebody give him a car and have him drive north through Minnesota right into his country of birth, Canada.
    Who's paying for these trips? Taxpayer money?

    March 18, 2014 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. wise guy

    Love the "grass roots" the tea party talks of, it was arranged, organized, funded and promoted by the Koch brothers, the people there were getting paid to be there you fool. Now that's grass roots .

    March 18, 2014 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. wise guy

    Oh please elaborate on the abrupt changes genius. I'd rather have my head in the sand, than where you have yours.

    March 18, 2014 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. Tampa Tim

    Hector – At the early tea bagger rallies, the Kochs bused in hundreds, made their signs, and probably gave them a coal flavored bottle of water. Not to be out done, Fox brought in a bus full of their paid bloggers. Nope, not grass roots, sorry.

    March 18, 2014 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. wise guy

    I get the feeling fooling you is a daily thing

    March 18, 2014 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. Tampa Tim

    Tom Paine – Rasmussen did not have Obama's approval that high just before he kicked the electoral crap out of Mittens. They had Mittens up by six.

    March 18, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. Ol' Yeller

    @Hector Slagg- "The Tea party is not Grass Roots? Well ya coulda fooled me."

    Yeah, but we could fool you with the 'pull my finger' trick, too. It ain't like you are the sharpest crayon in the box.

    March 18, 2014 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. The right wing have lost their damned minds

    wise guy
    Something extra slimy about this guy.

    March 18, 2014 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
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    Absolutely!

    March 18, 2014 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. Silence DoGood

    @Hector Slagg
    The Tea party is not Grass Roots? Well ya coulda fooled me.
    ---------–
    Past tense: They already fooled you apparently. The Tea Party has been exposed repeatedly as overwhelmingly funded by Koch's and friends whipped up by pseudo-religious fervor in the membership. The end game of this if left unchecked is a corporate driven theocracy, which is the exact opposite of what the founding fathers intended.

    March 18, 2014 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    -Hector Slagg

    Whazzat?,
    Ted Cruz going to Iowa again? Holy Freedom of Speech !! Nothing like Airing out the Liberal's dirty laundry. Obama's job approval rating at 48 percent? Nothing like getting a free pass except for one thing. When did Obama ever work? So far he has been completely absent from the job he ran for.

    The Tea party is not Grass Roots? Well ya coulda fooled me. I know, I know nobody wants to hear bad news. Maybe that's why a lot of you stick your head in the sand. It's beginning to look like a lot of you will have to make some abrupt changes. Geronimo !!
    *******************************
    The Tea Party is a liability, which is why you are seeing the GOP desperately trying to avoid another whack-job chorus from speaking for them by nailing down primaries at all costs. No one likes extremists, and the Tea Party has brought all the fringe characters out of the woodwork that Buckley and the old Conservative guard had kept at bay for over a generation.

    March 18, 2014 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. Silence DoGood

    @The Real Tom Paine
    -Chris-E...al

    God gives and the dems taketh it away !
    ******************************
    Cute. I guess I'm waiting for Jesus to come and chase the GOP and the moneychangers out the Capital building.
    -----------
    If Jesus himself ran for office, Tea Fools would rant about his socialist policies and bleeding heart feelings toward the poor.

    March 18, 2014 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    -Tampa Tim

    Tom Paine – Rasmussen did not have Obama's approval that high just before he kicked the electoral crap out of Mittens. They had Mittens up by six.
    ***************
    A little tongue-in-cheek, Tim. Rasmussen could not do a customer service survey at Wal mart without screwing it up and trying to blame Obama in the process. Its Rightie affirmation polling, nothing more.

    March 18, 2014 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  21. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Can he please stay there?!

    March 18, 2014 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    The Tea party is not Grass Roots? Well ya coulda fooled me. I know, I know nobody wants to hear bad news. Maybe that's why a lot of you stick your head in the sand. It's beginning to look like a lot of you will have to make some abrupt changes. Geronimo !!
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    I have no doubt that most of the countless "Tea Party" groups across the country are grass roots organizations that have adopted the words "Tea Party" in the name of their group. But, there is only one Koch funded Tea Party Express. The rest of you are not all that different from the countless groups that claim to be Al-Qaeda.

    March 18, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. Lolo

    The guy from Canada realy thinks that he has a shot. What an embarrassment!!!!! He has the nerve and his KKK Klan also to talk all the birther BS about President Obama but not a peep from the peanut gallery about this clown's birthplace. Oh that's right he is close enough to white.

    March 18, 2014 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. wise guy

    Ya know I used to like Dr. Suess, buy after Cruz and Palin they seem tainted.

    March 18, 2014 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  25. wise guy

    Dr. Suess is Palins favorite author, she can read them by herself!

    March 18, 2014 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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