Ted Cruz: ‘Yes we can’

August 28, 2012



Texas Republican Senate nominee Ted Cruz used his convention speech to tip his cap to the Republican grassroots and offer a warning about the danger of the nation's debt level. And he even borrowed President Obama's famous "yes we can" line.

"We are seeing a great awakening. A national movement of we the people. Brought together by what unites us. A shared love of liberty," Cruz said.

Cruz framed the presidential election as a choice between continuing down a path of debt and spending and returning to free market principles and limited government.

"It's tragic how far we've come from hope and change," said Cruz.

Cruz also used his address to tell a "love story" about important moments in American history and his own family's history, including the story of his father, who came to the U.S. from Cuba.

He close by asking the crowd if the country can "restore the constitution," retake the Senate, and defeat Obama.

"Yes we can," they responded enthusiastically.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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