Video: Cruz presser at AFP summit

posted at 5:31 pm on August 30, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Senator Ted Cruz followed up his enthusiastically-received speech at the AFP Defending the Dream summit with a press conference shortly after he left the stage. The media gathered on Radio Row, including mainstream and New Media outlets. Cruz hailed the success of the conference in a brief opening statement and then took question. Politico’s Ken Vogel led off the questioning by asking Cruz if he planned to block funding for Barack Obama’s executive orders, and then followed up with a question about whether Cruz would lead a government shutdown over the issue.

Cruz responded at first by noting that “President Obama has been trying to talk quite a bit about a government shutdown. It seems,” Cruz continued, “the Obama administration has made the decision that they want this next election to be a national referendum on amnesty.  I think it’s crazy, that 66 days out from the election, that the president, seeing the world on fire, seeing millions of people out of jobs here at home, that the president thinks the top priority in this country is unilaterally and lawlessly granting amnesty[.]” When the follow-up asked Cruz if it was worth shutting down the government over the issue, Cruz smiled. “It is a very funny thing,” Cruz replied. “There is one person, and one person only, talking about a government shutdown, and that is the White House.” Cruz responded that Obama and his team want to change the subject from the “manifest failures” of the Obama economic policies, ObamaCare, and the collapse of “the Clinton-Kerry-Obama foreign policy,” but said he wouldn’t participate in their attempt to use “smoke and mirrors to distract the American people.”

Cruz continues to hold out hope of full repeal of ObamaCare. “The key to repealing ObamaCare lies with the American people,” he emphasized. “If you look to Washington, it’s hopeless. But if you look to the American people,” he added, “I believe we are going to repeal every word of ObamaCare.”

Much of the rest of the presser revolved around border security and the threat of ISIS, both at the border and overall, and the lack of engagement from Obama on all of the above. “I’ve never known anyone who plays that much golf,” Cruz said of the President. “It’s almost like he doesn’t have a job, like he’s retired or something.” Cruz did agree with Obama that the border situation was a humanitarian crisis, but said that should have prompted some personal action from Obama. “A real leader would come and see the crisis,” Cruz said. He also blamed Obama for triggering the crisis with his declarations of intent to issue executive actions to decriminalize illegal immigrants already in the US, arguing that it set up an incentive for border crossers to get to the US. “Every single line agent,” Cruz said, “said they’re coming because they believe they’ll get amnesty.” Cruz also challenged the Obama administration to act on their belief of this being a humanitarian crisis by acting decisively to reverse that perception. “It is not humane,” Cruz argued passionately, “it is not compassionate to continue a system where little boys and little girls are being abused. We need a President at home who responds to the real problems we face.”

Cruz spoke for just under twelve minutes, but the battery failed on all but the last twenty seconds of the presser. Otherwise, this is the complete presser.

 


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Ed, time for new equipment.

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Headline at Drudge:

NYT PAGE ONE SUNDAY: Medicare may begin covering ‘end-of-life discussions’… Developing…

Link goes back to Drudge.

Death panels, says the crazy lady.

davidk on August 30, 2014 at 5:44 PM

talk talk talk

obama rolls on.

who’s going to stop him?

renalin on August 30, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Great stuff. He’s a very smart guy. Only he and Rand Paul are this good extemporaneously. And Paul’s ideological mask is slipping.

WhatSlushfund on August 30, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Someone making speeches there needs to mention that everything the leftists do is lame, is theft, is corrupt, and has nothing at all to do with freedom, and generally speaking the left is lazy and stupid. I’d go so far as to say that everyone that voted for this pustule obama is stupid and lazy or fascist and corrupt.

Nice to see more of Ed and less of Jazz on any given weekend too. It’s almost as good as seeing Eric Boling subbing for Oreilly, the only time I’ll watch Oreilly’s show. Be more active on weekends all the time Ed!

Diluculo on August 30, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Cruz offered praise for Perry’s decision to deploy National Guard troops to the secure the border.

And he invited the president to the Texas border — to play golf. Addressing reporters after his speech, he dwelled further on the theme. “It almost seems like the PGA oughtta put him on retainer,” he said. “I don’t know about you, but I’ve never known anyone who plays that much golf. It’s almost like he doesn’t have a job, like he’s retired or something.”

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/386750/ted-cruz-brings-anti-washington-schtick-dallas-eliana-johnson

davidk on August 30, 2014 at 5:49 PM

I love listening to Ted Cruz speak. The man is eloquent, pensive, debonair, informed, and more importantly: conservative. God, I hope he runs in 2016. America desperately needs someone like him.

Aizen on August 30, 2014 at 5:51 PM

GOPe”

Karl Rove and his Crossroads GPS PAC are about to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in the senate — by campaigning to the left of incumbents Mark Pryor and Kay Hagan on behalf of Republican challengers Tom Cotton and Thom Tills.

So blatant is this attempt in the latest round of TV ads that the Washington Post teased Rove with a headline that taunted him as a “bleeding heart liberal.” Reporter/blogger Greg Sargent said in the story that the two ad campaigns “show Republicans once again hitting Dems from the left on entitlements.” Salon ridiculed the North Carolina ad as the “dumbest of the season” so far, and it was almost identical to one run in Arkansas a few weeks ago.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/08/30/KARL-ROVES-PAC-TRYING-TO-WIN-ARKANSAS-AND-NORTH-CAROLINA-BY-GOING-LEFT-OF-PRYOR-HAGAN

davidk on August 30, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Ed, time for new equipment.

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2014 at 5:40 PM

I love this rig — it’s portable, easy to use, and easy to transfer into my software. Portability is *huge* when it comes to covering these events. Besides, in this case the problem was just failing to do a basic battery check; I have spares on hand and charged.

Ed Morrissey on August 30, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Ed Morrissey on August 30, 2014 at 5:55 PM

The Husband loves his video camera to but every time he goes to use it finds he forgot to put the SD card back. You actually did good to miss as little as you did. When are you coming to an event in Florida?

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2014 at 6:03 PM

I love listening to Ted Cruz speak. The man is eloquent, pensive, debonair, informed, and more importantly: conservative. God, I hope he runs in 2016. America desperately needs someone like him.

Aizen on August 30, 2014 at 5:51 PM

I really like his wit too. He seems like the kind of guy that I could spend hours bantering with in a bar until last call.

WhatSlushfund on August 30, 2014 at 6:05 PM

I heard Mark Levin talking about Cruz on his show the other night and he said before he became a senator, Cruz was highly respected for his intelligence and knowledge of the law by both sides of aisle. He said he was even a long shot for nomination to the Supreme Court by W. Interesting how things change when he as vote in their wheelhouse.

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s name has been removed from a Southern Utah University facility, following pressure from a conservative group to make the change.

The group received $40,000 in pledges over five days toward removing the Nevada Democrat’s name from the school’s Outdoor Engagement Center.

University President Scott Wyatt acknowledged Friday that he was under pressure from a group of conservatives to remove Reid’s name but insisted that politics had nothing to do with his decision.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/30/reid-name-removed-from-center-at-utah-university-from-which-graduated/

davidk on August 30, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Ed Morrissey on August 30, 2014 at 5:55 PM

The Husband loves his video camera to but every time he goes to use it finds he forgot to put the SD card back. You actually did good to miss as little as you did. When are you coming to an event in Florida?

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2014 at 6:03 PM

As soon as he snags that coveted Crist interview.

davidk on August 30, 2014 at 6:16 PM

I really like his wit too. He seems like the kind of guy that I could spend hours bantering with in a bar until last call.

WhatSlushfund on August 30, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Yup. Another clear distinction between him and Obama. Even though Cruz more than likely understands how much the media despises him and wants to see him fail, he doesn’t condescend or snap at them, unlike The Won. Cruz’s approach seems to be winning people over through a broad conservative appeal.

Aizen on August 30, 2014 at 6:16 PM

davidk on August 30, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Yikes!!

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2014 at 6:20 PM

I’d go so far as to say that everyone that voted for this pustule obama is stupid and lazy or fascist and corrupt.

cause that’s the best way to get them to vote conservative?? your approach does as much, or more damage than the RINO’s.

chasdal on August 30, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2014 at 6:08 PM

the left was saying similar things about Starr when he was appointed special prosecutor, that he was extremely fair, lots of integrity, etc, etc,. but as soon as he uncovers crimes he becomes a sex obsessed perv.

chasdal on August 30, 2014 at 6:49 PM

davidk on August 30, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Did you notice the headline on the NR piece ?

‘ Ted Cruz brings anti-Washington schtick ‘

So typical and snarky of NR .

Lucano on August 30, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Very impressive press conference.

Basilsbest on August 30, 2014 at 7:12 PM

cause that’s the best way to get them to vote conservative?? your approach does as much, or more damage than the RINO’s.

chasdal

But saying republicans hate black people,try to kill mothers with cancer and want to push grandma off a cliff apparently works just fine.

xblade on August 30, 2014 at 7:17 PM

chasdal on August 30, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Well if there is one thing they are completely transparent about, they don’t like getting caught.

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2014 at 7:18 PM

But saying republicans hate black people,try to kill mothers with cancer and want to push grandma off a cliff apparently works just fine.

xblade on August 30, 2014 at 7:17 PM

.
Uh, uh ……Yes …..that is very very effective campaign strategy…..and it even works!
.
Understanding your target audience is step 1 in selling a product.

FlaMurph on August 30, 2014 at 7:38 PM

but the battery failed on all but the last twenty seconds of the presser.

Ed, get yourself a couple of jackerys, and with multiple ports if you need to charge more than one device at a time. They work great on the road.

TXUS on August 30, 2014 at 8:06 PM

1. no teleprompter
2. took more questions than Obama has since taking offices

sorry but that was very impressive and dare I say it, PRESIDENTIAL.

phatfawzi on August 30, 2014 at 8:10 PM

I love this rig — it’s portable, easy to use, and easy to transfer into my software. Portability is *huge* when it comes to covering these events. Besides, in this case the problem was just failing to do a basic battery check; I have spares on hand and charged.

Ed Morrissey on August 30, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Sorry I missed this post when I posted above. Nevertheless, a single port jackery, which is about the size of a lighter, can fit in your pocket for just these types of instances. I have to carry one since I’m the world’s worst at battery checking.

TXUS on August 30, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Video of Cruz speech at the AFP conference:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j79QeW20APQ&app=desktop

“Retire Harry Reid!”

onlineanalyst on August 30, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Sen. Cruz makes a great point at the end before the cut-off about a viable candidate standing for something and distinguishing himself from the opponent. Mushy middle will not work.

onlineanalyst on August 30, 2014 at 8:37 PM

onlineanalyst on August 30, 2014 at 8:37 PM

The closer we get to November 2016, the more we will hear that the mushy middle is the only answer.

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Did you notice the headline on the NR piece ?

‘ Ted Cruz brings anti-Washington schtick ‘

So typical and snarky of NR .

Lucano on August 30, 2014 at 7:03 PM

NR still exists?? Thought that publication shut down shortly after Buckleys passing.

Norwegian on August 30, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Ed, time for new equipment.

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Look at the Sony RX10 – 1080p, The Autofocus and Auto White Balance work very well
for these kinds of pressers…..Batteries last quit awhile and you can get 90 min of video
on one 16GB card. The steady shot works pretty well also for these kinds of hand-held gigs.
Slap a Rode Shotgun mic and it and you will be a multi-media genius.

redguy on August 30, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Was Ted going to mention that Carter was the keynote speaker at a Hamas fundraiser?

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/08/27/Jimmy-Carter-To-Headline-Fundraiser-for-Hamas-Front-Group

Former President Jimmy Carter is the featured keynote speaker at this weekend’s Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) convention at Detroit’s Cobo Hall.
The Justice Department recently implicated ISNA, which claims to be America’s largest Muslim organization, as the lead conduit in a scheme to illegally pass on $12 million to Hamas, the Palestinian terror group established to annihilate the State of Israel. Hamas is officially designated a terrorist group by the US government.

redguy on August 30, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Best candidate the GOP could hope for in 2016.

Ukiah on August 31, 2014 at 12:30 AM

CRUZ-WEST 2016!

The anti-Barry-Biden team.

profitsbeard on August 31, 2014 at 1:45 AM

FP Defending the Dream summit

Like the rainbow, “dream” has been hijacked in such a way that this summit’s title sounds like an apologetic and planning session for advancing amnesty.

Reuben Hick on August 31, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Cruz needs to to keep playing hardball politics, Communicating Conservative Ideas with bold clarity like Ronald Reagan did! That is why the called him the “Great Communicator”. Go Ted!

MCGIRV on August 31, 2014 at 3:19 PM