“How do we turn things around? How do we get America back to work? President Obama thinks the answer is more and more government,” Cruz said as the crowd booed. “Government is not the answer. You are not doing anyone a favor by creating dependency, destroying individual responsibility.”
Cruz mentioned his father’s working class, immigrant past as a counter example to government aid for immigrants and people in need. Born in Cuba, Cruz’s father came to Texas in 1957, where he worked his way through the University of Texas and eventually opened his own business in the oil and gas industry.
“When he came to America, ‘no tenía nada, pero tenía corazón’ He had nothing, but he had heart. A heart for freedom,” Cruz said, uttering the first words in Spanish by a GOP speaker this year. “Fifty-five years ago, when my dad was a penniless teenage immigrant, thank God some well-meaning bureaucrat didn’t put his arm around him and say let me take care of you..That would have been the most destructive thing anyone could have done.”
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