Fil-Am GOP leader applauds Sen. Ted Cruz’ bid for presidency

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Texas Senator Ted Cruz is known for his hardline stance on immigrants. He wants to take away funding for President Barack Obama’s executive orders on immigration. He is against a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Cruz thinks there should be stricter enforcement and wants the police to have more power to ask immigrants about their immigration status.

And now, Cruz is vying to be the next president of the United States.

Cruz became the first high profile candidate to officially announce his presidential bid for 2016. Speaking before 10,000 students at Liberty University in Virginia, the largest Christian University in the world, the known conservative promised to stand for liberty.

He told the crowd, “I believe in you. I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to reignite the promise of America. And that is why today I am announcing that I’m running for president of the United States.”

Nimfa Gamez, California chair of the Fil-Am Republicans, applauded Cruz for his effort, saying, “We are very proud of his boldness and his courage to be the first one to come out and announce his candidacy.”

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Gamez added that if he will be the one chosen to represent the Republican party, she will be behind him and asked other Filipino Americans to do the same.

The outspoken Cruz has not always been popular, even among this party members. He became notorious in September 2013 after giving a 21-hour speech on the senate floor to oppose Obamacare, which resulted to a 17-day government shutdown.

During his speech, he said, “I rise today, in an effort to speak for 26 million Texans and for 300 million Americans. All across this country, Americans are suffering because of Obamacare.”

His unyielding opposition against amnesty has also won him praise from the Tea Party. But he angered some GOP leaders after he called for a harder line against Obama’s immigration policies.

In a November 2014 interview with FOX News, he said, “It’s incumbent upon Republicans in Congress to use every single constitutional tool we have to defend the rule of law to defend the rule of law, to reign in the President so he doesn’t become an unaccountable monarch imposing his own policies in defiance of the American people.”

But Gamez agreed with Cruz that the Republican party cannot compromise when it comes to the party’s traditional beliefs. She pointed out, “The Republican party stands for conservatism. What it means is to conserve the wealth and the security of this country.”

Some political analysts said it’s going to be a tough battle for Cruz in 2016 as he lacks political experience. As it is, around a dozen Republicans are considering a bid to be their party’s standard bearer against likely Democrat Candidate Hillary Clinton. But at least, Cruz can say that he was the first to announce a campaign for the presidency.

You may contact Henni Espinosa at henni_espinosa@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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  • Mario
    24 March 2015 at 3:11 am - Reply

    In my opinion the winning votes on the 2016 Presidential election will be decided from the Hispanic votes. There are 3 Hispanic speaking GOP Presidential candidates. Jeb Bush,the riches candidate, Mexican wife,his children speak and can campaign in Spanish. Rubio and Ted Cruz, both Cuban, Hispanic parents.Hillary Clinton, still be the Democrat Party front runner, maybe Joe Biden will get in, John Kerry and Al Gore. Obama will support, Elizabeth Warren or Diane Feinstein, not Hillary.

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