Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio on “What it Means to be a Conservative in 2016”


A couple of weeks ago Senators [score]Ted Cruz[/score] (R-TX) and [score]Marco Rubio[/score] (R-FL) took part in the Townhall Media and Change Politics presidential forum. The forum gave voters the opportunity to ask their questions to the GOP candidates, and only Senators Cruz and Rubio accepted the challenge. You can see all of their answers over at but perhaps two of the most important responses for the candidates came to the question What does it mean to be a conservative in 2016, and ideally, how should that change – if at all?”

Neither of their answers were as strong as the one Senator [score]Ben Sasse[/score] (R-NE) recently delivered on MSNBC, but they’re still pretty good.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on “What it Means to be a Conservative in 2016”.

Right now, we’re bankrupting our kids and our grandkids. Our constitutional rights are under assault each and every day, and America has receded from leadership in the world. It’s time to get back to the vision of the framers and protect the unalienable rights given to each of us by our Creator.

I have been a champion of Opportunity Conservatism for decades. We must preserve the principles that have made this nation the greatest beacon of liberty and apply them in innovative ways to once again unleash unprecedented freedom, prosperity, and opportunity.

The policies of Barack Obama stifle jobs and wages, and the people who are hurting the most are young people, minorities, single moms, are those who are finding it nearly impossible to achieve the American Dream. Every conservative should focus every policy on easing the means of ascent up the economic ladder. Our free market system has served as the most incredible engine of growth for millions of people from all over the world who come with nothing and achieve anything. We need to champion jobs, growth, and opportunity.

If the American people continue to rise up and speak the truth, we will get back to the free market and constitutional principles that have made America the last best hope of mankind.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) on “What it Means to be a Conservative in 2016”.

There were many other good questions asked and answered. Make sure to go to HotAir and see them all for yourself. (Cruz’s Answers Here and Rubio’s Answers Here.)

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