Ted Cruz Courts Evangelicals HARD

Ted Cruz CPAC 2013. Photo by Gage Skidmore.

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Sen. Cruz knows he has a major uphill battle ahead of him in 2016, and he also knows a key part of his strategy for success is bring evangelical Christians back into the fold after they played relatively unimportant roles in the 2008 and 2012 elections. Not sure if the strategy will work, but I do know that a lot of evangelical Christians have felt like the past two candidates (McCain and Romney) did not represent their values the way George W. Bush did. Bush, you’ll remember, relied heavily on evangelicals in his victories in 2000 and 2004.

By Steve Chapman

President Dwight Eisenhower signed the bill making “In God We Trust” the nation’s official motto, but his approach to religion was not excessive in its rigor. “Our form of government has no sense unless it is founded in a deeply felt religious belief,” he once declared, “and I don’t care what it is.”

He might have been taken aback at the spectacle presented by fellow Republican Ted Cruz Monday in Lynchburg, Va. The Texas senator sounded less like he was running for president of the United States than for president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Part of the message was the setting — a stage at Liberty University, founded by televangelist Jerry Falwell, which Cruz saluted as “the largest Christian university in the world.”

He holds degrees from Princeton and Harvard, but he was right at home there. He noted that his wife’s parents were missionaries in Africa. He said America’s urgently needed reclamation would come from “people of faith.” READ MORE …

[Published on Town Hall]

Photo by Gage Skidmore.

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