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Exclusive – Ted Cruz to Conservative Review: ‘Republicans need a big, bold, positive agenda’

Originally posted at Conservative Review

MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA – Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) told Conservative Review that Republicans need a “big, bold, positive agenda” to deliver on the midterm election campaign promises.

“We had a tremendous election in November. But the election was not an embrace with Republicans it was a repudiation of the Obama agenda and it was the American people saying we want a different path,” said Cruz.

Cruz also highlighted economic growth, ObamaCare, and President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty as key priorities for Republicans.

“We need to follow through on our campaign commitments to take on front and center Obamacare and to take on front and center the president’s illegal and unconstitutional executive amnesty. That’s what Republicans campaigned on and we need to honor those promises,” Cruz said.

Cruz added, “We should vote on and pass a big, bold, positive agenda that number one; brings back jobs and economic growth and opportunity. That number two; defends our Constitutional rights and that number three, restores America’s leadership in the world.”

Cruz spoke at a South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention at the Springmaid Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach, where an estimated 1,500 people registered to attend the event.

His decision to speak before conservative grassroots activists in South Carolina is consistent with media reports that Cruz is actively considering running for President. The South Carolina primary will be crucial for conservative Republican candidates since this will be the third state to hold a primary in 2016 and the first in a deep red state.

During his speech, Cruz told the tea party attendees the next presidential nominee should not be an establishment Republican because candidates such as Bob Dole, John McCain, and Mitt Romney failed to mobilize the grassroots base.

“If we nominate a candidate in that mold, the same people who stayed home in 2008 and 2012 will stay home in 2016 and the Democrats will win again.”

Cruz also told Conservative Review he was inspired by the commitment and motivation of the tea party attendees and their response to his remarks.

“The energy and the enthusiasm there was electric. These were men and women committed to turning our country around,” said Cruz. “They’re fighting for liberty, the Constitution, and I was inspired. I was inspired by their dedication because that’s what it’s gonna take to change us from the path we’re on and to get back to the common sense principles America was built on.”

Cruz believes Republicans need to take a stand and be the leaders Americans voted for.

“It is now incumbent on Republicans to stand up and lead, to demonstrate that we deserve the majority with which the voters have entrusted us.”

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Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with CloutHub.com, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a BlazeTV.com host, Outreach Director with FreedomWorks.org overseeing its Empower.org outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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