Ted Cruz Iowa bound
June 7th, 2013
01:53 PM ET
10 years ago

Ted Cruz Iowa bound

(CNN) – That trip to South Carolina must have gone well.

Sen. Ted Cruz, who spoke to Palmetto State Republicans in early May, has another trip to an early voting state slated for July when he'll headline the Iowa GOP's annual summer picnic.

It's more fuel for speculation that Cruz, an outspoken Senate freshman who's already known for challenging establishment members of his own party, is considering a bid for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

"Senator Ted Cruz embodies bold leadership and Iowa Republicans appreciate leaders who stand up for them and fight big government recklessness," said A.J. Spiker, the chairman of the Iowa GOP. "Ted Cruz is, without a doubt, a leader Iowans will want to meet. As the 'First in the Nation' state, we look forward to introducing Senator Cruz to Iowa Republicans."

Other potential candidates to travel to Iowa in recent months include Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who spoke in May to the Polk County Republicans, and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who addressed the Iowa GOP's Lincoln Day Dinner. Rick Santorum, the former Republican senator and 2012 GOP presidential candidate, was slated to visit the Hawkeye State in April but canceled due to illness.

Santorum said he'd visit the state instead for the Iowa State Fair, held in August.

Candidates have also paid visits to New Hampshire and South Carolina, the two other states that hold early primary votes in the presidential nominating calendar.

Cruz's eligibility to run for president has been subject to debate. He was born in Canada to a Cuban father, but his mother was an American citizen.

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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Jersey Girl

    This extreme right-wing Tea Party nut thinks he is going to run for president in 2016. HA! He wasn't born in this country. I expect Donald Shlump will have something to say about that as 2016 approaches!

    June 7, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    LOL. Yes, yeeeesssssss....gooooooooood....let the extremism flow thru you......

    June 7, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. MaryM

    Good ol' Ted "McCarthy" Cruz. Americans, do not vote for these TPers. They are the reason Nothing gets done in Congress. All they have done is Obstruct Congress' Business

    June 7, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. Guess

    A real birther issue, not a word from gop, unbelievble, the level of hypocracy is amazing

    June 7, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. Guess

    Never before has it been so blantantly obvious the gop does not care about the country, please help rid our country of the biggest threat we have ever faced. a gop that wont work, and puts all its time and our money into voter suppresion.

    June 7, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |

    Please let him stay there.

    June 7, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Cruz's eligibility to run for president has been subject to debate. He was born in Canada to a Cuban father, but his mother was an American citizen.
    According to most voices that I hear on the right, he would not be eligible to be POTUS. He's not "natural born".

    June 7, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. California Gary

    "Bold leadership"?........you have to be kidding. This guy has already shown that he has no interest in governing....he's just in it to make a name for himself and he will say and do the most outlandish things in order to accomplish it. That is not leadership in any sense of the word.

    June 7, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Guess

    Votter suppresion means the gop wants to make all the decisions for you, sounds like anything but democracy.and idiots like rick m. rob, and of course all the others (just sayin, and his many personalities, they all suck).

    June 7, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. Guess

    And iidiots like those forementioned call obama supporters sheeple. ok, koolaid must be good today

    June 7, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. PaulCat

    ......and after you Iowans finish meeting your leader, I have some OCEAN-FRONT Property to sell you in Missouri.

    June 7, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. Steve Obama-HOUSTON

    I hope he does put his foot in the race, along with Michelle Bachmann. More insurance that Democrats are in office to stay. Thanks loons.

    June 7, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. Guest

    Go get 'em Ted!

    June 7, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. jinx9to88

    He better bring his birth certificate, the long version, right Donald Trump? His parents might have been born here but Ted Cruz was born in Canada.

    June 7, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. Boomer in Mo

    Rex Sinquefield's puppet.

    June 7, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. David R.

    This senator is a waste of our Taxpayers money and embarrassment to the state of Texas. He is more into more seeking higher office instead of working on the people business. Why do the people of Texas keep electing these fools.

    June 7, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    This bozo was born in Canada but he can be president. In what bizarro world does he live?
    A birther and "legal" alien wanting to be president. Hold 'em horses little cross. You can't be president even if your mother was American and your daddy was born in Kenya, excuse me, Cuba.
    Where's the bad hair man when you need him?

    June 7, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  18. OKfine

    Let's see the birth certificate Ted.

    June 7, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. Thomas

    Issa / Cruz
    2016 "Bold leadership"?......

    Nixon / McCarthy would be more fitting !

    June 7, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. Wake up People!

    Let me see if I have this straight......

    Ted Cruz was born in CANADA to an American citizen and a Cuban father, but that's fine and no one questions his citizenship or him running for POTUS.

    Barack Obama was born in the USA to an American citizen and a Kenyan father, but he's not eligible to be POTUS???

    Ladies and gentlemen, hypocrisy and mendacity at it's best!

    I do hope the combover queen is on top of this situation.........

    June 7, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "Ladies and gentlemen, hypocrisy and mendacity at it's best!"

    GOP/Teatrolls' response: "It's not hypocrisy cuz this one's white and Canada is a white people country."

    June 7, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  22. Wake up People!


    Thanks for saying what I wanted to say but was afraid of being deleted.......

    June 7, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. rs

    The GOP clown car is starting to fill up!

    June 7, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. Fair is Fair

    Hey Sniffit – care to comment on his eligibility to be president? Seems to be a bunch of trolls doing just that... it might be good to get an attorney's point of view.

    June 7, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  25. BLKmanWHOvotes

    OK, so now a foreigner will/can run for President. What has America become? Seriously, why the disregard of 200+ rules?

    June 7, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |