Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is warning Texas Republicans that they need to work together in November.
Or they’ll face the consequences.
“The hard left is angry,” Cruz told thousands of Republicans gathered Saturday for their biennial state convention. “They’re energized. They hate the president and they’re coming for Texas.”
And if Democrats are successful in claiming new congressional seats this year, change will be swift in Washington, D.C., Cruz predicted.
“This election is a battle for the direction of this country,” he said. “The day that Speaker Pelosi is sworn in is the day that impeachment proceedings begin.
“It’s the day that scores of subpoenas go out, all designed to ... paralyze the administration for the next two years.”
Cruz’s warnings came on the last day of the convention, a time that featured speeches from other politicians and a vote on the party platform.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller echoed Cruz’s concerns, saying liberal candidates in Texas and across the country are “trying to make a comeback.”
“So, in November, the Democrats’ so-called blue wave needs to be, as Donald Trump likes to say, met with a big, beautiful, red, Republican wall. “
Cruz, ever since he was a candidate for the U.S Senate in 2012, has received some of the warmest welcomes at state Republican conventions.
Generally, he’s greeted with much applause and chants of “Cruuuuuz.”
This year, the Tea Party darling who has a stronghold of support in the Fort Worth-Dallas area was greeted by an enthusiastic standing ovation by delegates who waved “Ted Cruz” signs.
He spoke for about 20 minutes, touching on everything from his basketball match-up with Jimmy Kimmel to successes President Trump has seen since taking office.
Among those successes: enacting tax reform, pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal and moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.
“There are a whole lot of people who want to stop it ... and stop it cold,” Cruz said, naming Democrats such as U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke and former presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Two years ago, when Republicans held their convention in Dallas, Cruz had just suspended his presidential bid against Trump.
This year he faces his first re-election bid in the Senate against O’Rourke, an enthusiastic El Paso Democrat who has traveled across the state trying to meet potential voters.
Cruz leads O’Rourke — who will be the key speaker at the Texas Democratic Party’s state convention in Fort Worth next week — in several polls.
But Cruz noted that O’Rourke is raising more money for his campaign than he is.
“We need to come together,” he said. “We need conservatives, we need moderates, we need libertarians, we need anybody who values freedom.”
“This election is all about turnout,” Cruz said. “If conservatives show up in Texas, we will keep Texas bright red.”