Fourth trip to Iowa for Cruz
March 18th, 2014
11:26 AM ET
5 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

    Cruz is the only hope that terrorists have to win in 2016.

    March 18, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  2. rs

    "Cruz, a favorite of many tea party activists and other grassroots conservatives, ..."
    _____________________________
    Why does the media perpetuate this myth? The TEA Party is not "grassroots". It is fully funded by Texas oil money- primarily the Koch brothers (whose father funded and supported the John Birch Society). It is an arm of the GOP. There is nothing organic about it., nor anything "conservative". It is a highly radicalized anti-American entity that the GOP apparently wishes it could put back in the box.

    March 18, 2014 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. Wake up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Birth Certificate....... Where for art thou??

    March 18, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. Tampa Tim

    Rasmussen daily tracking has Obama's job approval at 48%.

    March 18, 2014 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. Vince

    How about a trip to the Office of Vital Statistics for a U.S. birth certificate?

    March 18, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. Tampa Tim

    Any news about Boehner getting 4 Pinocchios for lying about the ACA?

    March 18, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. guest

    tea party became 'grassroots' by reaching out to known and documented extremist groups in america. From extremist 'sovereign citizens' groups to extremist 'nationalist socialists' (white supremacy) groups. By fanning the flames of hate, they can claim that they are bringing people and votes to the party, and creating a grass roots. Unfortunately for the tea party and the GOP, there was a reason why nobody caters to these groups, because they are stone cold crazy and bad for anything branded 'American' or 'melting pot'.

    Unfortunately for these extremist groups (LOL) , the tea party really is just a main stream group funded by billionaires looking to increase their wealth and personal power, and really only need the results in the polls where these crazy groups are located in order to convince more condensed populations that they have some vast 'grass roots' movement. At no time do the 'tea party' plan to honestly honor the wishes of these groups, and are really just using their unfounded hatred for yet another political aim that has nothing to do with ordinary Americans (other than siphoning their money to private over seas coffers)

    March 18, 2014 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. salty dog

    TT, I think I heard last week the popes was at 55%, go figure. What the he11 does a guy gotta do?

    March 18, 2014 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. guest

    we dont need another idiot birther movement, let the checks and balances work, no need for people to make themselves look hypocritical, especially by making themselves resemble the tea party antics.

    March 18, 2014 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. salty dog

    It's not nice to tease, I think they know he can't run, not that many crazies out there.

    March 18, 2014 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. Dallas

    Our junior senator evidently is not only delusional he has not and is not doing the job the people of Texas elected him to do. Either start doing your job Ted or resign. You are never going to be POTUS – too many sane people in this country to allow that to happen!

    March 18, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  12. salty dog

    I cant help the vision of Ted Cruz, on stage with Ted Nugent, how lost are we, SMH.

    March 18, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  13. Warren

    I sure hope we are not paying for this useless waste of time...

    March 18, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  14. wise guy

    Ted Cruz, the Democrats secret weapon

    March 18, 2014 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. Wake up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    And I could give less than a damn where his mammy hails from. No one cared that President Obama's mother was from Kansas. They have been screaming he's not a citizen for the past 6 years. What I want to know is how a Canadian born man is eligible to be POTUS, but one born in the U.S. is not??

    March 18, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  16. MaryM

    lol, so the Canadian Cuban thinks he has a chance at the White House, How funny. Oh and BTW McCarthy Cruz, where is that birth certificate

    March 18, 2014 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. wise guy

    To good to be true.

    March 18, 2014 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  18. rick3807

    I really don't think that anyone, other than Ted Cruz, thinks he has a chance. This is about how you get your name in the press, after all when was the last time the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators and the Cerro Gordo County GOP Dinner got their names in a national press. Plus does anyone else really care what they have to say, after all it worked so well for Huckabee and Santorum.

    March 18, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. wise guy

    Something extra slimy about this guy.

    March 18, 2014 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  20. ladyjag

    This guy was bon in Canada, that means he cannot become president, you have to be born on AMERICAN soil, per our constitution. Thank goodness this guy cannot PODUS, He has shown his stupidity. several times over

    March 18, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  21. wise guy

    He is the perfect example of a politician born under the influence or Koch .

    March 18, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. Chris-E...al

    God gives and the dems taketh it away !

    March 18, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. A Teacher

    Ok his dad was/is Cuban naturalized in 2005, his mother is from Wilmington DE (born and raised). He was born in Canada (no argument) so can he be considered a US citizen because his mother is/ was a citizen at the time of his birth? If not then why are we paying attention to him going to Iowa?

    March 18, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  24. Gurgyl

    Very bad thug of Koch brothers, needs deportation back to Canada.

    March 18, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  25. Tampa Tim

    Teacher – Most are pointing out the hypocrisy of the Birthers. It has been said by one of their spokeswoman that unlike Hawaii, Canada is a state. Personally, I am looking forward to Cruz taking the GOP where no sane person has ever taken it.

    March 18, 2014 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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