The other potential 2016 presidential candidates who spoke at the Americans for Prosperity conference this weekend — including Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) — were outshone by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), whose raucous, rabble-rousing speech centered on a hawkish foreign policy, repealing the Affordable Care Act, defending constitutional rights and addressing the situation on the southern border.
Following speculation that another government shutdown is on the horizon over immigration reform, Cruz accused the White House of floating the idea. “There is one person and one person only talking about shutting down the government, and that is the White House,” he said.
On possible upcoming executive action on immigration, Cruz told the crowd that “the president has no authority to prospectively grant amnesty to anyone.” He also blamed Obama for the migrant problems on the southern border. “The crisis on the border is caused directly by President Obama’s lawlessness,” he said.
He also extended an invitation for Obama to visit the border, with the promise of a round of golf. “I’ve never known anyone who plays that much golf,” Cruz said. “It’s almost like he doesn’t have a job.”