Cruz blasts Democrats as he bows for Ogles
FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz lambasted Democratic leadership on inflation, crime and foreign policy on Wednesday as he urged voters in Tennessee to send Republican Andy Ogles to Congress.
Cruz is on a bus tour of 17 states, rushing for various Senate and House candidates ahead of the Nov. 8 midterm elections, where control of both chambers hangs in the balance. He joined Ogles in Franklin, Tennessee — an affluent town just south of Nashville — as the rural county’s former mayor vies for a newly redesigned congressional seat that cuts into Nashville’s left.
“Revival is coming and I believe it with all my heart,” Cruz said, as he warned that the United States was going through a crisis that would continue if Democrats maintained control. “In two weeks, we’re not just going to see a red wave, we’re going to see a red tsunami.”
Ogles is running against Democrat Heidi Campbell, who passed and passed him last quarter. His campaign released a statement ahead of Ogles’ rally, accusing both Ogles and Cruz of being willing to use their power to cut benefits and give “giant corporations and billionaires another tax break.”
Tennessee’s 5th congressional district captured national attention this year after Republicans carved out Nashville in the redistricting in hopes of securing an additional GOP congressional seat. The move prompted longtime Democratic U.S. Representative Jim Cooper to announce he would be retiring because there was no way he could win, creating a rare open race for Congress in Tennessee.
Since then, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has not added any of the three seats that divide Nashville to the list of seats it plans to devote to this election because the House Democratic majority remains in play.
Ogles ran a relatively low-key campaign after emerging from a crowded and deadly primary race, where he declared, “Liberals, we’re coming for you. in his victory speech. He has declined several invitations to debate Campbell, largely avoided media interviews, and only recently aired a television commercial.
However, on Wednesday, Ogles said the country was at a “crossroads,” calling President Joe Biden’s administration a “criminal enterprise” and repeated calls to impeach both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. He also criticized the acceptance of transgender Americans, particularly transgender athletes participating in women’s sports – drawing loud applause from the crowd.
“Sometimes you have to bring salt and pour it on the wound and remind people where we’ve strayed,” Ogles said. “When we win the House and when we win the Senate, we’ll bring the truth, we’ll bring the light, and we’ll bring a truckload of salt to drive them out of town.”
After the event, Ogles declined to answer direct questions about whether he supported a nationwide abortion ban and instead praised the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to revoke the constitutional right to process. Cruz also expressed support for states now having the power to impose their own limits on abortion.
Other speakers at the event included U.S. Representative from Tennessee Mark Green and Outkick founder Clay Travis.