Cruz addresses conservatives in Austin


by Associated Press and TINA SHIVELY / KVUE News

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Posted on January 10, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 10 at 12:20 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has told a conservative conference that President Barack Obama is lawless, providing the rightwing rhetoric that makes him so popular in his home state.

Cruz spoke Friday morning at an Austin public policy conference sponsored by the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation. The group closes a three-day convention in Austin where it touted its policy positions to Texas lawmakers and policymakers.

The conservative Republican laid out his reasoning for why he thinks the president is "dangerous and terrifying."

Cruz has garnered national attention by frequently condemning the Obama administration and the federal health care overhaul. He called for the complete repeal of the Affordable Care Act and said he would replace it with a conservative alternative that would expand health care coverage. Texas has the highest percentage of uninsured in the nation.

Cruz also criticized Obama for not enforcing drug laws in states that have legalized use of marijuana.

On Thursday, Cruz blasted President Barack Obama for setting up what the president called "Promise Zones" to fight poverty. One of those zones is in San Antonio. Cruz said Obama should treat the entire country as a "Promise Zone."

The Texas Public Policy Foundation promotes conservative causes at the Legislature and drafts plans for solving what they consider the largest problems facing the state.


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