Freshman senator, CPAC keynote speaker Ted Cruz talks future
What's ahead for the Republican Party?
- Duration 4:41
- Date Mar 17, 2013
What's ahead for the Republican Party?
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We may or may not be ready for it but the -- sixteen primary season.
It started happening last night conservatives shows their pick for president in this -- -- straw poll.
The winner by a narrow margin -- Kentucky senator Rand Paul followed very closely by another Tea Party darling Florida senator Marco Rubio.
Former senator Rick Santorum came in a distant third with 8% of the vote New Jersey governor Chris Christie who wasn't invited to see pack finished next with 7%.
And a former vice presidential candidate congressman Ron Paul Ryan.
Followed at 6%.
As you saw the two -- the top -- that -- -- Tea Party favorites in the other man highlighted at the event was another who at a rocky road just to get to Washington.
Starting with the rough and tumble primary battle in Texas I sat down with C -- keynote speaker senator Ted -- -- he was surprised that he's taking heat not only from the last.
But also from within his own party.
I think we've got.
In the country and in my focus -- on addressing the challenges.
-- think banning most Americans are not really worried about political squabbles and Washington.
They're frustrated and they're frustrated because it seems an awful lot of Democrats -- and a fair number Republicans.
Are not standing up and doing the right thing and and so my focus every day is just trying to like come to work into my gallery.
And in particular stand for the constitution I think our constitutional liberties aren't really being undermined.
Describe and and champions.
Economic growth our economy.
Is stagnant and a lot of people are -- and and that's where my focus remains every single day.
You mentioned in -- she -- speech that Republicans and Democrats alike you question whether many of them have actually read the constitution recently and if it here so it.
And if they're really familiar with what it is at its core.
Do you know how do you you know we -- how does either party get back to that well I think.
We're seeing a rejuvenation in the Republican Party -- and I have said for awhile that I think the best thing that ever happened Republicans.
Was to get our teeth kicked in 2008.
Because -- -- by 20062008.
I think Republicans and really stop standing for principle.
And we saw a new generation of leaders step forward in 2010 and we saw.
More continue in 2012.
Who are really focused on getting back to our core principles getting back to the constitution.
And getting back to free market principles I -- far too many Republicans.
Had gone along to get -- had had agreed with Democrats and exploding the size of government.
Mean that's how we've gotten sixteen and a half trillion dollar debt.
And I think people are fed up they're looking for leaders to calm.
Roll up their sleeves and do the right thing -- in -- that gives me a lot of encouragement the new generation.
Do you get a sense that some on Capitol Hill don't like you calling them on that.
Well look I think.
Washington is a place where people.
Get very set in their ways.
On the campaign trail I cannot tell you how many people would look at me with clasping by the arm in the NC ten.
Please don't go to Washington -- become one of them.
Don't become the phrase that I liked was marginalized.
-- it seems like if they've been here a long time -- -- they start to look like the marbles actions.
And I cannot tell you how many men and women across Texas said.
-- so frustrated people that they think sound great on the election trail.
And then they go to Washington and they don't stand for anything.
And a -- nation and one of the things that's really liberating about coming through the path that our election went through.
When I started -- in the campaign.
I was literally 2% in the polls and the margin of error was 3%.
Nobody gave -- car.
It was a fifty million dollar primary most expensive in the country.
And we were outspent three -- war.
And we handed the entire party establishment come against me in the primary.
And what happened was incredible -- it was tens of thousands of grassroots -- men and women across Texas who.
Donald phoned and emailed on Twitter reached out and we went from 2% in the polls to not just winning but winning the primary -- fourteen -- winning the general.
By sixteen points and and when I face.
Any decision Washington what what I think about first and foremost.
Are all the men and women across Texas and look me in the earnings and says please do the right thing.
And and I'm not willing to it to let them down and and that gives you.
A whole lot of strength you have some politician in Washington says something mean about in the newspaper.
I think that's really pretty mild compared to the challenges we've gotten -- in this country and the need we have for leaders to get serious ethics.