Can conservatives win the battle of ideas and transform America? According to Ted Cruz, the outspoken Texas senator who won with support of the Tea Party in 2012, it’s possible.
At a breakfast hosted by Politico’s chief White House correspondent Mike Allen last week, Cruz laid out four ways he thinks conservatives can win.
1. Continue to fight against Obamacare.
“The reason the Obamacare issue has such potency is because it’s real. Millions of people are hurt by this, and there is not a trip that I take back to Texas where I don’t run into at least one person, if not several, who say, ‘I lost my health insurance.’”
“…Harry Reid and the Democratic leadership is grossly negligent for not stepping up and fixing the misery that they’re inflicting.”
2. Stop pushing for immigration while Harry Reid controls the Senate.
“If the House went down the road of passing a massive amnesty program, that could screw up the election. I think the odds of Harry Reid remaining the majority leader would jump tenfold, which is why Harry Reid and the White House are begging Republicans please go into the briar patch. … I’m hopeful we won’t see such self-destructive behavior from the House.”
3. Fight for principle, and take risks.
“There are a number of folks in Washington who think the way you win elections is you put your head down, you don’t rock the boat, you don’t take risk. … I think that is empirically false.”
4. Let the American people pick their leaders.
“That pre-condition of the American people getting mobilized, getting engaged, and holding Washington accountable, that’s the only way to turn the country around.”
“Washington insiders have a terrible record at picking winners and losers.”