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Ted Cruz at RLC Conference: Tradition in Senate Is That Freshmen Are Seen & Not Heard “I Haven’t Entirely Managed to Comply With That”

Posted on 31 May 2014

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) spoke at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans.
Cruz opened up his speech with this admission:

“There’s a tradition in the Senate that freshmen are to be seen and not heard. I haven’t entirely managed to comply with that one.”

Senator Cruz put on another stellar performance.
The Republican crowd loved him.

The Washington Times reported:

Sen. Ted Cruz said Saturday that the GOP can bolster its appeal by sticking to its conservative principles and embracing a bottom-up campaign model that empowers grassroots voters.
Speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference, Mr. Cruz said the party must ditch the Washington-centric campaign model and stop listening to the political consultants.

“A lot of Republicans tend to have top-down Soviet-style campaigns,” Mr. Cruz said. “It is very odd for a party that believes in free market that they run campaigns through command and control.”

“That is disempowering and it doesn’t inspire,” Mr. Cruz said. “What is far more effective is having a race built on empowering the grassroots.”

Since being elected in 2012, Mr. Cruz has occasionally butted headed with GOP leaders in Washington, and has become a darling of the tea party and grassroots activists around the country.

The 43-year-old is now thought to be considering a run for GOP presidential nomination in 2016 in what is shaping up to be a crowded field.