ASHWAUBENON, Wis. — Sen. Ted Cruz says he’s done caring about what Donald Trump does and instead is focused on what Wisconsin voters want.
“What the people of Wisconsin care about is jobs, bringing jobs back to America, seeing wages rise,” Cruz said ahead of the Tuesday Republican presidential primary. “What the people of Wisconsin care about is our freedom, protecting the Bill of Rights. What the people of Wisconsin care about is safety and security, protecting this country from radical Islamic terrorism.”
Cruz hosted a showing of God’s Not Dead 2 at a local theater Saturday evening. The film, a sequel to a 2014 movie that was a hit with faith communities, focuses on religious liberty. After answering questions for 15 minutes, Cruz sat down in a packed theater, popcorn and two hot dogs in-hand, to watch the show.
“One simple reality, if I want to see a movie, it’s got to be a campaign stop,” Cruz joked.
He said the film’s focus on religious liberty is a vital issue with which a “radicalized” Democratic Party is in conflict.
“It is unfortunate to see the modern Democratic Party has gotten so extreme, so radicalized that religious liberty is now viewed in conflict with the partisan political agenda of the Democratic Party,” Cruz said. “Every one of us has the right to live according to our faith. And this should be a shared value that brings us together.”
Saturday’s appearance in Ashwaubenon was Cruz’s second small-scale campaign stop in northeastern Wisconsin. Cruz previously stopped for fish fry in Green Bay on March 25 after a town hall in Oshkosh.
Cruz plans to hold a larger-scale rally at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Hyatt Regency in Green Bay, featuring his former Republican challenger Carly Fiorina and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
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