TILTON — Following a vision of the apocalypse with a promise of salvation, Ted Cruz, the junior senator from Texas seeking the Republican presidential nomination, told a crowd sandwiched between the booths and tables at the Titlon Diner yesterday afternoon "it's now or never, we're at the edge of the cliff" and and urged his listeners "to continue this awakening, this revival."
Cruz, who had not set foot in New Hampshire for two months, began a five-day, 17-stop bus tour of the state on Sunday, riding momentum gathered in Iowa where recent polls indicates he is pressing, if not overtaking, real estate developer and reality television personality Donald Trump at the top of the GOP field. In Tilton, Cruz was introduced by former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith, who called him "awesome" and "electrifying," as well as "a liberty Republican" and "proven conservative" by Bill O'Brien, former Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Smith said Cruz "takes the issues seriously, but not himself too seriously."
Positioning himself as the most conservative candidate in the field, Cruz opened by saying that after his eight years in the Oval Office "a lot of reporters and editors will have checked themselves into therapy." He said he will rescind every "illegal and unconstitutional executive order" issued by President Obama, launch an investigation of Planned Parenthood, instruct federal agencies to curtail the "persecution of religious liberty," "rip to shreds" the nuclear accord with Iran and move the United States Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
"That's day one," he remarked. "What about Obamacare?" someone shouted. "That's coming."
Cruz went on to say he would "repeal every last word of Obamacare," put an end to Common Core, rebuild the military, stay the hands of the "alphabet soup" of federal regulatory agencies, "not weaken or degrade but utterly and completely destroy ISIS," and introduce a flat tax and abolish the Internal Revenue Service.
"We're losing our country," Cruz declared, "If this administration has its way, we lose America." He spoke of "a spirit of fear and timidity in Washington" common to both Republicans and Democrats. He remarked that all the Republican presidential candidates call themselves conservatives, but warned "ignore what they say. You shall know them by their fruits," he said, quoting the Bible.
Cruz likened the present state of the union to the waning days of the Carter Administration, which was followed by the Reagan Revolution. Can we do it?" he asked. "The same thing is happening again," he said. "We're not prepared to go quietly into the night. If we stand as one," he continued. "We will restore that last best hope for mankind, that shining city on the hill that is the United States of America."
Asking for votes and support, Cruz urged his listeners to "pray for our country," then cited Chronicles II 14:17, where the Lord tells Solomon "If my people ... will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land."
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