Ted Cruz Knocks ‘Em Dead in Massachusetts – Defends Free Trade

“Tom Brady was framed … and I have it on good authority that Hillary Clinton did it.”                                      
— Senator Ted Cruz at a rally in Andover, MA

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) was stumping his way through Massachusetts this past weekend, and if we didn’t know better we might have thought that Massachusetts was a bastion of conservative values! The Senator drew large, happy and passionate crowds everywhere he went and largely seemed to receive a very warm welcome in the Bay State. At one point Cruz even sounded surprised as he wondered aloud, “Who would have predicted 500 people in Andover, Mass.?”

At a Town Hall event hosted by Boston’s Talk Station WRKO AM 680, the Senator covered a wide range of topics – both foreign policy and domestic issues, as well as some personal political questions. A good chunk of the conversation however, focused on two trade bills that are causing controversy on both sides of the aisle – TPA and TPP.

 

 

Now, I support TPA. And the reason I supported Trade Promotion Authority, is that I support free trade. When I campaigned for the senate I campaigned in support of free trade I told the Texans who elected me over and over again – I believe free trade benefits America and increases jobs. It benefits farmers, it benefits ranchers and it benefits manufacturers. We opened up foreign markets.

In the state of Texas, there are some three million jobs that depend on international trade. We see in a very real sense the benefits of trade. We’re at it at time of economic stagnation where we’ve got right now under Barack Obama the lowest labor force participation since 1978. We need jobs and growth and history has demonstrated that without fast track it is proven practically impossible for any president Democrat or Republican to negotiate a free trade agreements. The reason being that foreign nations don’t negotiate with the president if congress on the back end can add a bunch of amendments, after they’ve negotiated an agreement. So fast track provides is that if a trade agreement is negotiated it comes up in congress just votes up or down.

That has been for over eighty years the only way free trade agreements have been enabled in the past.

TPA is six year legislation, now a lot of people have said, the question you’d guess that’s “why on earth would you vote to give Barack Obama anymore now. And why would you trust Barack Obama?” Let me be clear. I don’t trust Barack Obama. At all. But Obama is going to be in office for just nineteen more months. Trade Promotion Authority is six year legislation. If we want the next president, who I hope as a Republican, Frankly I hope is me… Who have fast track authority the only chance. To get it was now. Because the Democrats would vote on a straight party line vote to prevent any Republican…

 

You can see a partial transcript at WRKO’s webpage.