Bloomington, IN— Former Republican presidential hopeful and Texas Senator Ted Cruz hinted today in Midland, Texas that he is considering forming a splinter political party called the Conservative Christian Liberty Party or CCLP. Citing his frustration with establishment GOP politics, the conservative son of Rafael Cruz stated that he wanted to bring back what made America great: Jesus.
“We need to reclaim and restore America,” announced Senator Cruz from a stump speech to a largely Christian evangelical crowd at Clearnote Church in Bloomington, Indiana. “We need to dig deep into America’s past and restore the United States to what it once was. And that’s a Christian nation, with Christian values. These are the things that America was founded on. So if we want to make America great again as Donald Trump wants you to believe, then we need to return to Christ and become Christ’s army once again.”
Although his CCLP comments were made off the record to a Politico.com reporter, and not part of his public remarks at the Bloomington event, they have sent shock waves through the political landscape. Many have called on Cruz to clarify whether he plans on splintering the Republican party, which would surely award Hillary Clinton the presidency.
Although since his remarks Senator Cruz has avoided comment, Rafael Cruz his father and firebrand conservative preacher amplified the off-the-record remarks.
“Ted is anointed by God to help Christians in their effort to go to the marketplace and occupy the land and take dominion over it,” said the elder Cruz in an exclusive Gish Gallop telephone interview. “This end-time transfer of wealth will relieve Christians of all financial woes, allowing true believers to ascend to a position of political and cultural power in which they can build a Christian civilization. When this Christian nation is in place or back in place, Jesus will return.”
It is unclear at the time of this writing how serious Senator Cruz is about starting a third-party, or even if he has the resources to do so.