The Republican presidential candidate from Texas stood in the back of a pickup under a light rain and asked for prayers and money.
He said Oklahoma will play a key role this election cycle when it holds its Republican presidential primary on March 1, along with a number of other Southern states.
Arkansas, Georgia, Texas, Tennessee, Alabama and Virginia also will be among the states voting that day.
“The role I believe that Oklahoma and the Southern states are going to play on Super Tuesday is helping ensure Republicans are going to nominate a strong and genuine conservative,” he said. “That’s also the only way we win in 2016.”
Speaking outside the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association Events Center, he was joined by U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, who said Cruz will fight a ” Washington cartel” that stands in the way of progress on conservative priorities.
Cruz said that, if elected, the first thing he would do is “rescind every illegal and unconstitutional executive action” signed by Obama.
“But sadly the corruption has not been limited to the White House, it has spread to throughout the federal government, and the United States Department of Justice has become the most lawless, partisan Department of Justice in the history of our country,” he said.
Other moves would be to instruct the Justice Department to investigate Planned Parenthood, instruct all federal agencies that the “persecution of religious liberty ends today,” move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and “rip to shreds this catastrophic Iranian nuclear deal.”
Cruz is standing by his remark that if the deal goes through, Obama would essentially become the world’s leading financier of radical Islamic terrorists.
Obama was critical of the statement as was former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who said this kind of rhetoric goes too far.
“Let me give you a simple principle: Truth is not rhetoric,” Cruz said.
He said the U.S. Education Department should be abolished, Common Core academic standards should end, the Affordable Care Act should be repealed and a flat tax should be instituted, followed by the dismantling of the Internal Revenue Service.
“There are 90,000 employees of the IRS,” he said. “We need to padlock that building.”
He took a shot at Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, who describes himself as a Democratic socialist.
“The Democratic field consists of a wild-eyed socialist with ideas that are dangerous for America and the world, and then there’s Bernie Sanders,” Cruz said.
People in the partisan crowd seemed to enjoy his remarks, sometimes shouting “Boo!” when he laid out a political target, or “Abolish the IRS!”
He closed by asking for volunteers and prayers.
He also asked for campaign donations.
“When you do so, you’ve got skin in the game,” he said. “You’re invested. Then it’s not my campaign, it’s our campaign.”
Before the speech, Coy Meeks, of Midwest City, wearing two hats to shield himself from the sun, said he thinks Cruz is the right man for the presidency.
“I think the country is ready for a constitutionalist and a conservative,” he said. “I also think we need a parliamentarian and someone who knows how to address people and speak to a group of people starting with the Congress.”
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