Sen. Ted Cruz holds rally in Provo prior to Utah caucuses

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PROVO, Utah -- Sen. Ted Cruz took his turn wooing Utah voters Saturday after three presidential hopefuls held rallies in the Beehive State Friday, and the Texas Senator was joined by prominent people like Senator Mike Lee and Glenn Beck.

Cruz attended two events Saturday. The first one was at Sen. Mike Lee’s campaign kickoff in Draper. The event started at 10 a.m. at the American Preparatory Academy.

The second was at 2 p.m. at Provo High School, 1125 N. University Ave. Cruz was joined by Glenn Beck and former GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina. Utah  Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and Utah Senator Mike Lee also spoke at the event, lending their support to Cruz.

Thousands of supporters turned out, with many not making it inside. Fiorina spoke first, saying, “We need a real conservative in the White House,” and that the federal government is incompetent and corrupt.

She talked about the Constitution, and how Capitol Hill and the Oval Office need “fearless fighters.” She made a plug for Sen. Mike Lee in that message.

Lt. Governor Spencer Cox brought up Trump’s quote from his Friday evening speech in Salt Lake City, where he questioned Mitt Romney’s LDS faith.

“That’s not how we roll in Utah,” Cox said.

Perhaps the loudest cheers yet came when Glenn Beck approached the stage. He spent a lot of time talking about religion.

“I didn’t want to be a Mormon,” he joked when telling the story of his conversion in 2000.

But he said, “I believe the Book of Mormon. I believe it to be true. Every word of it.”

In the end, he said Cruz would protect and defend the Constitution.

Senator Mike Lee spoke next, asking rhetorically if Utah could tip the balance to let Cruz become the next president, to which the crowd broke out in cheers.

The ralliers went wild when Cruz made his appearance.

“I’m here today because our country is in crisis,” he said, before launching into the meat of his speech.

Cruz made clear the three points he wanted to touch on: jobs, freedom and security.

He mentioned how the heart of the economy is in small business.

If elected, Cruz said, he would repeal every word of Obamacare. He mentioned wanting to pass a simple flat tax and abolish the IRS.

“We will see small businesses take off, millions of high paying jobs, it will generate trillions in government revenue,” he said. “We will use that revenue to rebuild this military.”

He said he would not compromise away religious freedoms and Second Amendment rights.

But there was also a fourth theme Cruz spent time talking about: Donald Trump.

Cruz said there is, “only one campaign that has any path to beating Donald Trump.”

If Trump takes the GOP nomination and heads to the general election, Cruz said Trump would lose to Hillary Clinton, should Clinton take the democratic nomination.

He said Republicans need to unite behind his campaign.

When it came to talking about Mitt Romney’s announcement that he was going to vote for Cruz at the Caucus, Cruz explained that Romney said, “If you want to stop Donald Trump, stand and vote with Ted Cruz.”

Cruz concluded by saying he will fight for liberty, the Constitution and the Judeo-Christian values that built this nation.

Donald Trump, John Kasich and Bernie Sanders all held rallies Friday, and John Kasich held another event Saturday in southern Utah.

Sanders is expected to hold another event in Utah Monday.

Utahns will caucus Tuesday.

Information for Democratic caucuses can be found here.

Information for GOP caucuses can be found here.


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  • David Farrar

    The people of Utah are voting for Cruz in an effort to stop Trump. This means they want the status quo of the U.S. Chamber of Crypto-Fascist, Crony Commerce donor class of Big Business, Big Media, Big Banking, and Big Government to continue. Go figure.

  • johnrintala

    So Ted Cruz wants to “rebuild the military”? The US spends more on the military than the next 7 countries combined. It has 11 aircraft carrier groups. The Russians have one. The Chinese have one, kind of.

  • Gregory Charles

    America MUST end the GOP.

    I have always been an independent; voted for Bush; voted for Obama; and have supported both parties because I believe Republicans and Democrats present us with very different views and that is healthy, or at least I always have up to now. At well over sixty, for the first time ever, I’ve had to rethink the republican side of that argument. What they are doing and have been doing since the Obama win of the White House is not healthy, it’s destroying the county. Their hateful actions, repealing something sixty times to feed the hate to their base, and complete inaction at anything positive for the country is like a double bladed ax chopping away at the foundations of who we are. I’m not saying democrats are not without fault but I do not see them and have never seen them do anything like the GOP has been doing the last decade.

    Even worse is when I see them bragging that they are refusing to do their job, I don’t care what their silly excuse is, they sicken me. We elected these people to do the job, not avoid it, not turn it into a hate fest, and not insist they don’t have to work with the other two branches of government or with the other people we elected to sit beside them. I believe I could make a real case that what they have been doing and continue to do is treasonous, yes; they are that big of a threat to all of us if we allow it to continue.

    Our nation, scratch that, our world can not the allow world’s most powerful super power to run amok as it’s been doing, it must end now. Even other nations are warning us about it and still the GOP pretends it doesn’t matter. We’ll just go kill them, their families, their children, anyone in our way, on and on this sickness goes. I even hear fools in Congress too young to remember shutting their pants when we were forced to look down the nuclear gun barrel and rant that we should nuke someone. They scare me and the world to the point someone WILL take the rhetoric seriously and that would be a disaster that is hard to imagine.

    No one in their right mind thinks inciting racism, helps our nation or “Makes it Great” in any way and that is exactly what the GOP has been doing. NEVER has the republican party swore an oath to deliberately sabotage an incoming president, until we had one that was black and then they couldn’t do it fast enough, as in before he was even sworn in and they did it publically so they could,,, incite racism. There simply is no way around that fact.

    It’s is time (November) for American’s to literally kill off the Republican Party. Everything has an end, the GOP has reached theirs. May they R.I.P.

  • El Comandante

    I’m still trying to figure out what I’ll buy with my 30 pieces of silver I got for being a good Mormon and voting for Cruz. I feel a little dirty today though…….

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