MISSION VALLEY – San Diego had another visit from a presidential hopeful on Monday night. A few weeks ago, it was Bernie Sanders. This time, it was Texas Senator Ted Cruz who held a rally at a Mission Valley hotel.
It wasn’t quite on the level of the Bernie Sanders rally where about 13,000 people packed into the Convention Center. But there was no perceptible difference in enthusiasm. The folks in a ballroom at the Town and Country Resort want very badly for Ted Cruz to be the next President of the United States. Much of their candidate’s speech was familiar to folks following the campaign, studded with guaranteed applause lines.
“We will repeal every word of Obamacare… we’ll pass common sense health care reform that makes health insurance personal and portable and affordable and keeps government, from getting in between us and our doctors,” Cruz said.
In this border city, there was this about immigration. “We’re gonna stop amnesty and secure the borders and end sanctuary cities and end welfare benefits for those here illegally,” Cruz said to thunderous applause.
Outside earlier, a group of anti-Cruz demonstrators gathered, including Roger Ogden.
“I don’t think Cruz is eligible to be president according to the constitution,” Ogden said. Ogden said he’s a Republican, but he also said this is not about party. “The framers did not mean for the president to have any right to foreign citizenship when he was born and that’s what natural born citizenship means,” Ogden said.
Other protestors had their own reason for opposing Cruz. “How he feels about gay rights and a woman’s right to choose. I could go on and on with that,” said Christa Wubbolding.
“I’m tired of the rhetoric coming from the GOP, either Trump or Cruz. It’s just sickening to me that America could allow such hateful comments to come off the TV for all people to hear,” said Jay Ames.
Cruz spent some time talking about his string of primary and caucus victories. He mentioned Colorado where he got all 34-Republican delegates over the weekend. There was no popular vote in Colorado, the whole thing was handled by the state’s Republican party. Donald Trump called the process unfair, even borderline illegal. Cruz’s detractors outside his rally agreed with that sentiment.