Rafael Cruz Blasts Obama During Speech
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is not the only one in his family who can give a good speech. His father, 74-year-old pastor Rafael Cruz, proved that last weekend with a rousing address to the Family Leadership Summit, a Christian conservative gathering in Iowa. The elder Cruz blistered the Obama Administration, first recounting his days growing up in Cuba. "A young charismatic leader rose up, talking about hope and change--his name was Fidel Castro," said Rafael Cruz to a laughing crowd. But his comparisons of President Obama to the longtime Cuban dictator Castro didn't end there. "That same man (Castro) who had been talking about hope and change, now was talking about how the rich were evil, how they oppress the poor, and about the need to redistribute the wealth."
Rafael Cruz covered several issues during the 16-minute speech, which he delivered without notes. He warned of the need for pastors to "stop hiding behind the pulpit" and stand up to secular attacks on Christians and morality. Pastor Cruz also likened efforts to eliminate God and Christian references to an attempt by liberals to replace God with the "God of government." He said the issue of gay marriage is not so much about "glorifying homosexuality" as it is about an attempt to break down the traditional family. Obamacare did not escape the senior Cruz's sights during the speech, either. "Obamacare is going to destroy the elderly by denying care, by even perhaps denying treatment to people who are catastrophic," he said.
Ted Cruz addressed the gathering later and joked that "as you saw, my dad is very soft spoken." The fiery Rafael Cruz has proven a very popular and effective part of the grassroots conservative movement recently, and he's taking that a step further starting next week. The elder Cruz will be part of a national "Defund Obamacare Tour" sponsored by the Heritage Foundation starting August 19.
Watch the Rafael Cruz speech from Iowa in its entirety here.