If U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is elected president, he is promising a very busy first day in office.
Sen. Cruz, R-Texas, spoke to thousands of Tulsa supporters last Thursday at Union High School after campaign stops in Oklahoma City and at Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville. Cruz is one of the top candidates for the Republican nomination for president in 2016.
Cruz drew applause by promising to do the following in his first day in office in January 2017:
Cruz will rescind every “illegal executive action” taken by the Obama Administration throughout the federal government.
“The corruption has not been limited to the White House or the U.S. Department of Justice,” Cruz said.
- Cruz would immediately open investigations into Planned Parenthood following the release of several undercover videos that show top officials in Planned Parenthood discussing the sale of body parts of unborn babies who have been aborted. “I would prosecute every criminal violation we find,” Cruz said.
Cruz would end religious persecution of Christians in America. As commander-in-chief, he would order that soldiers be allowed to pray.
“The persecution of religious liberty ends today,” Cruz said.Cruz cited the federal case against the Catholic Little Sisters of the Poor in which the nuns were ordered to pay for abortion-causing drugs under Obamacare. “If you are involved in litigation against nuns, you are probably doing something wrong,” Cruz said.
Cruz said he would “rip to shreds” Obama’s Iranian deal and he discounted criticism from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who said Cruz was too harsh in his criticism of the Iran scheme.
“We have to stop funding radical Iranian terrorism,” Cruz told the Tulsa rally.
- Cruz would move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem to solidify that nation’s claim to its historic capital. “When I tell you I am going to do something, I am going to do it,” Cruz said.
- Cruz said he would repeal every provision of Obamacare.
- Cruz said the Department of Education should be eliminated.“Common Core ends today,” Cruz said of his first day in office.
- Cruz said he would rebuild America’s military, “rein in” the Environmental Protection Agency, secure the southern border and end sanctuary cities.
Cruz will replace the income tax with a flat tax with a form that will “fit on a postcard.”
“We will abolish the Internal Revenue Service,” Cruz said.
Cruz was introduced by U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Oklahoma, who is endorsing his campaign.
“I have no doubt Tulsa County will go for Ted Cruz,” Bridenstine said. “Oklahomans are stepping up early.”
When he first got in office, Bridenstine said he admired Cruz for identifying the “Washington Cartel” and standing up to them, including Republican leadership.
“He knows the cartel and he calls them by name,” Bridenstine said.
Bridenstine said Cruz correctly predicted a flood of illegal immigration that would follow passage of Obama’s immigration reform package. “Ted Cruz was proven right,” Bridenstine said.
Several state and county officials attended and are supporting Cruz, including: Tulsa County Assessor Ken Yazel; State Rep. David Brumbaugh, R-Broken Arrow; Rep. Chuck Strohm, R-Tulsa; Rep. Michael Rogers, R-Broken Arrow; Rep. Ken Walker, R-Tulsa; Sen. Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa; Sen. Gary Stanislawski; and others.
Both Cruz and Bridenstine said Oklahoma’s GOP primary vote on Super Tuesday on March 1, 2016, is crucial to the his campaign.