NewsPublic Affairs / April 22, 2016

Cruz Makes Pitch To Indiana GOP Leaders, Donors

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during the Indiana Republican Party Spring Dinner Thursday, April 21, 2016, in Indianapolis. - AP Photo/Darron Cummings

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during the Indiana Republican Party Spring Dinner Thursday, April 21, 2016, in Indianapolis.

AP Photo/Darron Cummings

INDIANAPOLIS -- Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz made his pitch to state GOP leaders and donors Thursday,  one day after Donald Trump addressed a rally of thousands.

The focus of Cruz’s speech – and, he says, the focus of the election – was jobs, freedom and security.  And the common theme was what Cruz deemed the “leviathan” of the federal government.

“If I’m elected president, we will repeal every word of Obamacare," Cruz said. "We’ll pass a simple flat tax and we will abolish the IRS.”

Cruz also pledged to spend a lot of time in Indiana as the race for the GOP nomination draws close to its end – a race, he says, in which there are only two candidates with a viable path to victory, he and Donald Trump.

“If Donald is our nominee, it means we lose and we lose by double-digits," Cruz said. "And if we’re losing by double-digits, it means we lose the Senate. It means we could lose the House. It means that if Hillary is our president, we lose the Supreme Court for a generation.”

In a statement, the Indiana Democratic Party says Cruz is “out-of-touch” and puts his ideology ahead of the country’s well-being.

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