Cruz blames Obama for worsening racial tensions but offers no solutions

30 Apr 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Cruz to Hispanics: Economy Matters More Than Immigration.

WASHINGTON — Sen. Senator Ted Cruz has accused Barack Obama, the country’s first African American president, of having “inflamed racial tensions” during his time in the White House. Ted Cruz accused President Barack Obama on Wednesday of fueling racial tensions nationwide, implicitly blaming him for riots in Baltimore and Ferguson, Mo., after police-related deaths of black suspects. “President Obama, when he was elected, he could have been a unifying figure,” Cruz said when asked how he would address the violence that erupted after Freddie Gray, 25, died of spinal injuries in police custody in Baltimore.

Ted Cruz’s month-old presidential campaign has won strong reviews from GOP insiders in key states who say he’s managed to tap into the anti-establishment sentiment of primary voters, and his allies have proved they have the ability to raise tens of millions of dollars to boost his bid. Cruz, a Texan who is running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, made the comments in a speech at a US Hispanic chamber of commerce event in Washington DC. Ted Cruz took his first major step in advocating for the Hispanic vote by challenging the Obama administration’s economic policies, saying they have disproportionately hurt hardworking Latinos. The Texan’s presidential aspirations hinge on his ability to lay claim to being the chief conservative alternative in the race, which means he’ll have to find a way to expand beyond the tea party and social conservative base that he begins with. “He is expanding his base, and he is right now hitting on a lot of cylinders and I think the mechanics of the campaign have done well,” said Dave Carney, a GOP operative in New Hampshire. “My advice is: do not underestimate him.

The speech included other controversial assertions, including that the growth of national support for same-sex marriage was “heartbreaking” and that Democrats had tried to “scare” Hispanics into voting for them by talking about immigration. The two events, within hours of each other, highlighted one of the challenges facing Cruz: He is competing for Hispanic votes with Senator Marco Rubio and former Governor Jeb Bush, both of Florida and both of whom have deeper ties with the Latino community.

Cruz said that Obama “could have chosen to be a leader” on race relations, but instead “has made decisions that I think have inflamed racial tensions – that have divided us rather than bringing us together”. Cruz cited a remark made by Vice President Biden during the 2012 presidential campaign that Mitt Romney and the GOP are “going to put y’all back in chains.” The Romney campaign seized on the comment as a “new low,” while the Obama campaign said the context of Biden’s comment was meant to convey the risks of letting Wall Street operate unregulated under Republicans. Everyone ignores him at their own peril.” “I am one of these who believes if the caucuses were held today, Cruz would definitely compete for winning it,” Mr.

He was questioned, at times pointedly, by the group’s President Javier Palomarez, who previously questioned whether Cruz is abandoning Hispanics for political reasons. He said there is a bipartisan agreement outside of Washington that work needs to be done to secure the border, stop illegal immigration and streamline legal immigration. “I’m the son of an immigrant who came here legally. Vander Plaats said. “I think he is really being rewarded for his bold leadership in the Senate, and his willingness to expose both sides of the aisle — not just the Democrats.” Mr. In March, Cruz skipped the chamber’s annual legislative summit, where Palomarez took exception to his absence. “I hope it is not indicative that he’s backing away from the Hispanic community in order to get through the primary,” Fox News Latino quoted him as saying.

He has exacerbated racial misunderstanding and racial tension.” Cruz cited Obama’s facilitation in 2009 of what’s known as the “beer summit,” in which the president brought together Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates and Sgt. Cruz said the situation in Baltimore is “heartbreaking” and that Gray’s death must be “investigated fairly and impartially” to determine what happened. “There’s no doubt that there are real and meaningful racial tensions,” Cruz said. “And you’re seeing a city right now that is afraid, that children can’t go to school, that men and women are afraid to live their lives.” Cruz called for reform of the criminal justice system, noting that he co-sponsored a bill to reducing mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders, and saying that there are “far too many young African-American men” sentenced to life in prison.

Following the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014, the proportion of Americans naming “race relations” or “racism” as the top problem facing the country spiked to 13% in a Gallup poll, a 20-plus-year high. Palomarez asked Cruz why he has omitted references to his opposition to Obamacare and the president’s recent orders easing deportations in his Spanish-language ads. For more than an hour, Cruz answered a variety of questions about energy independence, the economy, and appealing to Hispanic voters that were posed by Hispanic Chamber President and CEO Javier Palomarez. He also dismissed the notion that 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s hardline “self-deportation” stance on illegal immigration cost him with Hispanic voters, instead blaming Mr. Cruz placed blame for the phenomenon not on the seemingly constant high-profile cases in which unarmed black men have been killed by police officers since Eric Garner was killed in July 2014, but on the president.

Romney’s infamous remark that he wasn’t trying to win the “47 percent” of voters who were on the government dole and wouldn’t vote for him anyway. “I cannot think of a statement in all of politics that I disagree with more strongly,” Mr. On the subject of immigration, Cruz repeated criticisms of the Senate bill that would have tightened border security and granted a path to citizenship to undocumented immigrants already in the United States. Some supporters during his first presidential run said he was too slow to talk about race in light of incendiary comments by his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright. He touched on immigration reform, saying that the borders must be secured before dealing with the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country, and that he supports legal immigration.

He said it would be better if Republicans and Democrats would focus on areas of agreement — such as increasing tech worker visas or boosting the border patrol. “We don’t have to solve every issue all at once,” he said. “For millions of people seeking a better life in America, this isn’t about politics,” Manriquez said, standing by Obama’s executive actions on immigration and a comprehensive approach to overhauling the nation’s complex immigration system. “Republicans like Ted Cruz are the ones playing politics with the future of these families by obstructing commonsense policies that keep families together and refusing to pass immigration reform,” he said. Cruz, relating a story he’s told before, recalled having lunch with a Hispanic businessman in Texas who asked Cruz when he last saw a Hispanic panhandler. “It’s a great question. Reflecting on the death of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old shot dead by George Zimmerman in Florida in 2012, Obama said: “You know, if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.” On Tuesday, Obama said that “since Ferguson” the country had “seen too many instances of what appears to be police officers interacting with individuals, primarily African Americans, often poor, in ways that raise troubling questions”. This year, there’s no expectation that any immigration legislation is likely to move in Congress. “There is no stronger advocate of legal immigration in the U.S. At least one other potential candidate in the Republican field, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, has proposed reducing legal immigration at times of high unemployment.

Last fall, a national poll by Latino Decisions found 89 percent support of Hispanic voters support Obama’s use of executive authority to ease deportations. Cruz is resonating with voters who are surprised that he does not fit the way he has been portrayed in the media or by the establishment wing of the party. “His expectations are such that the elite and the political insiders discount him and that actually is a huge benefit for him in this environment because he comes out and makes a presentation and people go, ‘Wow.’ That is not that they expected,” Mr. Several news outlets reported this month that pro-Cruz Super PACs were on pace to raise $31 million in a matter of weeks, helping to counter worries that he would struggle to raise the money to compete with establishment candidates. “I don’t know that there were doubts that he could raise that money, but I think it is refreshing to conservatives that he can raise that money,” Mr.

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