tv Sen. Ted Cruz R-TX at Conservative Political Action Conference CSPAN March 2, 2019 3:13am-3:31am EST
they can, but this is a top priority for each one of us as americans, if we want to save our country and we want to stop the poison that's flowing in and killing our citizens and our children. and we should not allow it to happen and remember, look at this as this is an attack, this is an attack on your kids and every time they go to school, in middle school, there's somebody there trying to recruit them, they're children, they don't always make the right decisions. we have to guide them. we have to teach them. and we have to be there to watch over them as a nation and as parents. so, please do that, please. >> well, thank you, sara. that's a great last word and everyone should definitely see the film "not in vain" and thank you all for what you're doing in this critical crisis. thank you. >> thank you. >> ladies and gentlemen, our next topic, nationhood and the border crisis, a conversation with senator ted cruz and rich lowry of the national review.
[applause] rich: good morning, everyone, and welcome to our conversation with the newly elected senator from texas, ted cruz. [applause] rich: i'm rich lowry, editor of national review. and as some of you might know, i have a complicated relationship with donald trump. we had a bit of a breakthrough a while ago. i went back to my office and found this brown envelope from the white house on my desk. i opened up the envelope and it is this ripped out copy of one of my columns in the new york post.
and i consider the new york post the nation's newspaper. most importantly, the president considers the new york post the nation's newspaper. and this is a column i had written about how donald trump was such a dominating political and cultural presence. there really is no escaping him, even for republicans who want to try to. i thought it had a lot of incisive, stringent commentary. made no impression on him. what he focused on was the headline that said "there is only trump." he took out his sharpie, circled the headline, and wrote a big arrow to it, "rich, so true. -donald j. trump." [laughter] we're going to talk little bit about nationalism, the border crisis, and senator, one thing that really came out of the shutdown contention and building a border at the barrier was a smoked out a foundational issue, where you had top
democrats, nancy pelosi among them, saying walls themselves are immoral. you had democrats comparing our border barrier to the berlin wall, the barrier of a totalitarian society meant to keep its people inside rather than people coming illegally from outside. and this raise the question, using various are immoral, what are you going to do with the barrier we have? someone you know a lot about, robert francis o'rourke, said in -- actually answer this question in an interview and said yeah, let's break down the bulldozers and knock down the border wall in el paso, texas. what do you think of this? sen. cruz: i think there is a technical description from what is going on, which is the democrats have gone bat crap crazy. >> that's a political science
term of art. right? sen. cruz: if you look at the medical dictionary, it's under b. it's in fact a psychosis. they are getting more and more extreme on every issue. think back to the state of the union. the state of the union was a display of just how radical democrats have gotten. they sat there embracing late-term abortion. now some of us are old enough to remember bill clinton saying he was at least saying he wanted abortion safe, legal, and rare. at least he was emphasizing rare. that's no longer the position of the democratic party. for late term abortion up until birth, or if you're ralph northam, after birth. that's crazy stuff. on immigration, you used to have democrats say, yes we should
secure the border and we should have amnesty. that was the democrat position, and a lot of republicans. now their position is no, let everybody in and have amnesty. it is disconnected. and if you look at the fight over the border wall, it's important to add it wasn't about substance. in 2013, chuck schumer and every single democrat in the senate voted for 350 miles of new border wall. the shutdown we just had a month ago was over 234 miles of border wall. same new border wall. now look, i'm not smart enough to explain how you are for 354 miles of law, but willing to shut down the government for 230 miles of wall. it is emotional and the visceral hate. this is not based on logic. they don't have an argument. here is the reasoning. trumpet equals wall.
equals wall. we the democrats hate trump, therefore no wall. that's it. [applause] rich: let me just ask you, because one of my great frustrations watching this play out, as i'm sure many of these people in this room, is republicans had unified control of government in washington dc, if i'm not mistaken, for two years. how is it that we only came to focus on achieving one of the president's signature promises when nancy pelosi was becoming speaker of the house? what happened in the prior two years that there wasn't funding for the barrier? [applause] sen. cruz: it is a very good question. let me say both good and bad. let's start with the good. i do think with a republican president, with republican majorities in both houses, i think we won some big victories.
we shouldn't lose sight of those. we passed a historic tax cut, the biggest cut of a generation. [applause] cruz: that included, among other things, repealing the obamacare individual mandate. [applause] sen. cruz: we've repealed job killing regulations and we're seeing the lowest unemployment in 50 years. we're seeing wages going up. we're seeing the lowest african-american unemployment that has ever been recorded. we are seeing the lowest hispanic employment that has ever been recorded, which is why the mainstream media won't cover those facts at all. >> answer the question sen. cruz: i'm getting there. as i said, i'm going to talk about the good first. we've also seen strong constitutionalist judges confirmed. on foreign policy, we're in the midst of the biggest military rebuild since reagan.
we moved our embassy to jerusalem and pulled out of the iranian nuclear deal. [applause] sen. cruz: those are big, big victories that, as conservatives, we are grateful to be able to deliver on. you asked rightly, why didn't we finished the job on immigration? why didn't we deliver on more promises? i agree with you. we should have done much, much more. last summer, starting in august, i did a long presentation to senate republicans which said if you look at history, unified control of the federal government, both houses of congress and the presidency, it's exceptionally rare for republicans. it's happened a total of eight years since world war ii. everyone recognizes there's a chance we will lose at least one house of congress in november. if that's true, i think at the time there were 183 days to go. i entitled the presentation carpe diem, seize the day. if we have 180 days left to
legislate, let's do that. and what i urged is let's use vehicles the democrats can't filibuster. in particular, let's use something called budget reconciliation, which you know we all remember as the vehicle we passed the tax cut on in 2017. what matters about reconciliation is it's immune from the filibusters so you can pass legislation and the democrats can't stop it. i urged the vice president and the administration, let's take up a budget reconciliation and let's build the wall. let's fund the wall. let's get it done. and i want you just to imagine, if we had had that fight and you had seen elizabeth warren screaming on the senate floor to stop it, bernie sanders pulling what little hair he has out of his head. in september and october and it culminated with republicans standing together, funding and building the wall.
i'll tell you right now, rich, i don't think we would've lost the house of representative. [applause] rich: so, let's dig a little deeper. in the border fight, you saw some foundational issues surfaced. the one that really is deepest here is the question whether we should have borders, and the question of the legitimacy of the nation and the nationstate, and of nationalism. and there's kind of a loose notion that nationalism is something the prussians came up with. really, in the western world, the foundational nation, the way we think about this, was ancient israel. god says to abraham, i will make of thee a great nation, and he does. you read in numbers, enormous passages where god sets out the borders of israel like he's a surveyor. he's going to go down this hill
here, over here. and what's amazing is there is a distinct people with a distinct territory, and they never give up the idea of a nation, no matter what tragedies and catastrophes befall them. you have jews revolting against rome to reestablish their nation. and amazingly, two millennia later, they do succeed in reestablishing their nation. and in 1982, the prime minister of israel, they find the bones of some of the jewish rebels from the last revolt against the romans and a cave somewhere. they excavate these, they bury them with military honors, and he says dears fathers, we are here in this place, and we will never leave ever again. in a nutshell, that is nationalism. that is concern for your own nation. and i'm curious how you thought of this issue donald trump has
brought to the fore, he has been criticized all over the world, saying there is something wrong with this attitude toward the nation. sen. cruz: you know, the very opening words of the movie "the godfather" -- [laughter] >> i know it was you! sen. cruz: that's a little bit later. the opening words are, "i believe in america." i believe in america. and one of the things that drives the media and drives the far left crazy about president trump is that he's willing to actually stand up and defend america. [applause] sen. cruz: there are many pathologies that afflict the left. but one of them is a fundamental
embarrassment about america's greatness. you saw that with obama, going on a worldwide apology tour. where those on the left are in -- embarrassed about our prosperity, embarassed about our freedom. we saw that just this week, if anyone happened to see it, in an idiotic rant -- you're wondering who -- this particular one was bill maher. he had this rant, red states want to be blue states. we're the cool people, and they want to be just like us. >> no, we don't! now, let me point out, it was that arrogant condescending smug superiority that is why hillary clinton lost and donald trump won in 2016. [cheers and applause]
sen. cruz: and if you desire to lead, interacting with your fellow citizens, saying you guys are a bunch of dumb ignorant rubes that need to listen to me, that's not perhaps the best message. i'll also say, as a texan, i can say, authoritatively, no other texan has desired to be from any other state or any other country in the history of the universe. [applause] rich: in fact, people from the blue state, california, are moving. sen. cruz: the blue states with high regulation, their people are fleeing because they don't have jobs. we saw when new york chased amazon out because a bunch of new york socialist said -- by the way, let's pause for a second. what on earth was amazon doing? where do you want to base your second headquarters? i know, new york city.
you almost deserve the pestilence that happens to you if you go into that willingly. going ok, there are a bunch of crazy socialists. let's go there. what do you think they'll do when we get there? rich: but senator, you have to focus on, as aoc said, you have to focus on the $3 billion windfall that will occur. you can decommission and a lot of cows with that kind of money. sen. cruz: magic money. let me say i support cows. i hope to see peta supporting the democratic party now that -- the republican party now that democrats want to kill only cows. [applause] sen. cruz: when it comes to defending america, we are a nation of immigrants. my dad came from cuba with nothing, but when you come to america as an immigrant, you want to be part of, you want to be an american.
and i tell you, being the child of an immigrant makes you love and value and cherish the incredible freedom that is this country. [applause] rich: alright, so we have time for one last question. obviously we are all gearing up for 2020. it will be an absolute war. you had a tough race in 2018, unexpectedly in a lot of ways. how has what happened in texas in 2018 a preview for what we might see nationally in 2020? sen. cruz: well, look, i think it foreshadows what we will see across the country. in my texas reelection campaign, we saw the other side raised $80 million. it became the most expensive senate race in hard money in the history of the united states. now what does it mean to be outspent 3-to-1? it means, for example, our campaign had a total of 18 campaign staffers.
beto o'rourke's campaign had 805. that is the differential we saw on the ground. what the democrats managed to do in texas, the increased democratic turnout by more than 100%. in 2014, the last all cycle election, it was $1.8 million. they raised it all the way to $4 million. fortunately, we turned out 4.2 million republicans. that was the margin of victory. what is the lesson for 2020? we are going to see the left numbers.n the massive they are going to flood cash. that differential is going to be the battle for the country. let me close by saying the men and women of cpac, the young people, it is going to take everyone of you speaking out, volunteering, energizing, giving money, using your voice, because we are going to see a crazed assault from the left, more
unhinged than anything we have seen. but there is also the good news. if we turn commonsense conservatives out, we can win. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, ted cruz. thank you very much. [applause] >> and now, live from our cpac stage at liberty university, please welcome from liberty university jerry falwell jr., and from the trump organization, donald trump jr. >> i have a great song. you just won't believe it. college kids probably think it is great, but i spent the last three years perfecting it. he got this band. i really think it is going to become the replacement for l