Speaking at a town hall event in Cedar Falls, Iowa Thursday Texas [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ], the first official candidate running for President in 2016 on the Republican side, said that, “Defending religious liberty is not a fringe view” during remarks about the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act and Gov. Mike Pence’s signing of a clarification bill that some see as the Governor and Indiana Republicans caving on the issue.
The Quad Cities Times reports:
Cruz described his top priorities as bringing back jobs and economic growth; restoring American leadership on the world stage; and defending constitutional rights.
He pointed to the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Acts that are being amended in Indiana and Arkansas as showing a lack of political courage from leaders in those states.
“I’m sorry to say it has not been a profile in courage seeing some of the leaders running and scurrying because the media has tried to vilify defending the religious liberty of Americans,” Cruz said. “Defending religious liberty is not a fringe view. It is a basic American value.”
On Wednesday Cruz defended Indiana(and Arkansas’) RFRA law at a campaign stop in Sioux City, Iowa.