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Sen. Ted Cruz visited the OIPA offices Thursday.

Sen. Ted Cruz visited the OIPA offices Thursday.

Sen. Cruz talks with Joe Warren and Kim Hatfield.

Sen. Ted Cruz visits OIPA

August 13, 2015
Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz held a Wildcatters Town Hall event Thursday morning at the OIPA offices. Cruz spoke to about 100 supporters and members of OIPA’s Wildcatters Club.

Introducing Cruz was Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, who has endorsed Cruz and co-sponsored the American Energy Renaissance Act with the Texas Republican.

“Ted Cruz is a leader among leaders,” Bridenstine said. “He is somebody that stands for what we all believe in in this room. … I want to do everything I can to get this gentleman elected.”

Cruz said America is in crisis right now.

“This isn’t a typical time in politics,” he said. “I think it’s now or never. We’re bankrupting our grandkids. Wages are stagnant. The lowest percentage of Americans are working today than at any time since 1978.

“Today, a majority of Americans think that our kids will have a worse life than us, 65 percent. Our constitutional rights are under assault from Washington. We’ve abandoned our friends and allies, and our enemies no longer fear us.”

Cruz said he is incredibly optimistic, despite all those threats. He said the 2016 election would reignite the promise of America.

“How do you do it?” he offered. “Three simple things. First of all, you bring back jobs and growth.

“Second, we need to defend our Constitutional rights. Instead of the federal government being the enemy of our liberty, the federal government will stand with us.

“The third piece for reigniting the promise of America is we need to restore America’s leadership.”

On economic growth, Cruz said the two most effective levers government has are tax reform and regulatory reform.

“Every time we’ve pursued tax reform and economic reform, the result has been incredible economic growth.

“Every year we spend about $500 billion on tax compliance — that’s about the same as our military spending. And as we say in Texas, that doesn’t produce a single truck or tortilla.

“I think we should adopt a simple flat tax, so that every American can fill out his or her taxes on a postcard. And when we do that, we should abolish the IRS.”

On regulatory affairs, he said the oil and gas industry has seen first-hand the regulators descend from Washington.

“If you look at the way the regulatory state is growing, it is out of control. It is a permanent branch of government, unelected bureaucrats. Just under Obamacare, there are over 20,000 pages of regulation. It’s over seven feet tall.”

He said he decided to run for president because he is in the best position to reassemble the kind of coalition that elected Ronald Reagan, to bring together conservatives and evangelicals and libertarians.

“If we come out of 2016 with a mandate, that’s how you get major legislative change,” Cruz said. “You have to make it more politically risky to do the wrong thing than the right thing.”

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