Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) opened up the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference at National Harbor, Maryland, Thursday morning, giving a rousing speech in which he urged Republicans to clearly distinguish themselves from their Democrat counterparts:
“There are a lot of D.C. consultants who say there’s a choice for Republicans to make: We can either choose to keep our head down, to not rock the boat, to not stand for anything, or we can stand for principle,” he said. “They say if you stand for principle you lose elections. The way to do it — the smart way, the Washington way — is don’t stand against Obamacare, don’t stand against the debt ceiling, don’t stand against nothing. I want to tell you something — that is a false dichotomy.”
Cruz said that in three of the past four election cycles, Republicans followed the consultants’ advice and ended up losing as a result.
“In ‘06, ‘08 and ‘12, we put our head down, stood for nothing — and we got walloped,” he said.
But 2010, when Republicans won a “historic tidal wave of an election,” was different, Cruz continued: That year, the GOP took strong positions against Obamacare and “bankrupting the country,” and voters rewarded them with big electoral gains across the board.
Cruz asserted that the conservative principles Republicans need to stand for include defending the Constitution, abolishing the IRS, establishing term limits, and repealing “every word of Obamacare.”
Watch his speech below: