I ask you tonight to judge candidates by their fruits. That is, what they have and have not done.
Ted Cruz has not held pro abortion positions in the past and then become silent about when running for president. Ted Cruz has not been for gay marriage in the past and then become silent about it when running for president. Ted Cruz has not criticized others for being too anti-immigration and then changed his position when running for president. Ted Cruz has not benefited from eminent domain. Ted Cruz has not donated to the campaigns of democrats to win their favor. Ted Cruz has not been in favor of gun control and then changed his position when running for president. Ted Cruz has not supported government run health care and then changed his position when running for president. Ted Cruz has not stood on the sidelines when members of his party were interested in making corrupt deals and going against their campaign promises. Ted Cruz has not signed or voted for tax increases. He has not gone along to get along in a corrupt Washington D.C.
Other candidates in this race have.
What has Ted Cruz done?
Ted Cruz has consistently been pro-life, pro-family, pro-marriage, pro-second amendment, pro 10th amendment. He has fought against government intrusion into health care. He has fought against those in his own party who have abandoned their campaign promises on taxes, spending and executive overreach. He has fought to roll back oppressive regulations. He has promised to eliminate the blend wall to open the free market for ethanol. He has promised to give the same tax treatment to all and eliminate the special exemptions and credits that pit factions and industries against each other. He has been tested and been rock-solid.
Finally, he as put together a national campaign organization that can win the nomination. The other good candidates have not.
I know some of you have come here tonight with Ted Cruz as your second or third choice. And I know that there are other good candidates. At the last 2 caucuses, I cast my vote for candidates that I thought were best, ignoring the endorsements of the conservative leaders we trust, like Steve King and Bob Vander Plaats. In doing so, I failed to help propel the good candidates who could actually win out of the caucuses with the momentum they needed. In close contests like last time, being unified counts. I should have recognized that my stubbornness would cost us precious momentum. I hope you can learn from my mistakes.
If Senator Cruz was not your first choice coming into caucus tonight, I urge you to reconsider. By uniting behind Senator Cruz we can send a strong message to the D.C. establishment and send him into the primaries with the momentum he needs to win for the cause of conservative American principles.