Ted Cruz rallies campaign support Sunday in Bricktown
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz dropped into Oklahoma City on Sunday afternoon.
The program, titled "Courageous Conservatives," was co-headlined by talk show host Glenn Beck.
The event opened with the Pledge of Allegiance, then followed with Cathy Costello leading a rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner."
Gov. Mary Fallin took the stage first, highlighting talking points she previously has when other Republican contenders have visited. Fallin has not endorsed a candidate.
Beck took the stage for the first half of the rally at the filled Chevy Bricktown Event Center, which seats about 2,400 people.
He came out of the gate with praise for economist Adam Smith, and then immediately started swinging at Donald Trump.
"Because he has money, because he has access and he can bribe people — and let's be honest. Let's stop saying that buying politicians is not bribery," Beck said to a round of applause.
"The playing field is unequal, and that's where fairness falls apart. That's where 'all men created equal' falls apart, because justice is no longer blind," Beck said.
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Beck continued, taking shots at the political left, Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio.
"We're being taught that socialism is neat. Socialism is a step away from communism and communism is anything but neat. It's a death squad," Beck said.
"I think with Marco, it's an honest mistake. He just believes in negotiating and deal-making and he has already lost his soul. When you stand with the tea party and say, 'This is who I am,' and then you go make a deal with Chuck Schumer, and you don't think that's a problem, that shows that you've really lost your way quickly," Beck said.
"Donald Trump is, I believe, the most dangerous man to ever be seriously considered for president of the United States. Christians, you'd better wake up your Christian friends. I really, truly don't understand what they're thinking except they're angry," Beck said.
"It is such an honor to stand with you. I've never endorsed anybody ever before, mainly because most of my life, nobody ever asked for my endorsement, but also because I've never wanted to give my endorsement to anybody. And I don't think I will ever endorse anybody ever again. I hate to say never but, this is crazy," Beck said.
"He (Cruz) knows where his house is built, and it's not built on sand. It's built on the rock of God and the Constitution," he said.
"Remain good. Remain tethered to each other and to the Constitution of the United States, and we will conquer any storm especially when we have a captain of the ship like the next president of the United States and the first Hispanic president of the United States, Sen. Ted Cruz," Beck said to thunderous applause.
"God bless the great state of Oklahoma. What a blessing to be here," Cruz opened.
"We realize that speaking the truth has power, and I'm so glad to be standing here with Glenn Beck and to be standing here with each of you patriots who love this country," he said.
"All of us are here today because America is in crisis. Because we're bankrupting our kids and grandkids. Because our Constitutional rights are under assault each and every day and because America has receded from leadership in the world," Cruz said.
"And yet I'm here today with a word of hope and encouragement and exhortation. All across Oklahoma, all across this country, people are waking up and there is a spirit of awakening sweeping this nation," he said.
"I believe this election in 2016 is going to come down to three key issues: jobs, freedom and security," Cruz said.
"We are two days away from Super Tuesday. Super Tuesday, I believe, will be the most important day of this entire primary cycle. And I tell you, Oklahoma is a battleground. We are neck-and-neck. You know, 65 percent of Republican primary voters don't think Donald Trump is the right candidate to go head-to-head with Hillary Clinton. Recognize that Donald Trump as the nominee means Hillary probably wins, and we lose this country. If you're one of those 65 percent here at home, I ask you. Stand with us," he said.
"Looking at the first four races, our campaign is the only campaign that has beaten Donald Trump and can beat Donald Trump," Cruz said.
"Here in Oklahoma, we're neck-and-neck with Donald ... The only candidate in a position to beat Donald here in Oklahoma and across the country on Super Tuesday is us, so if you don't want Donald to be the nominee, stand united with us," he said.
"This is a grassroots campaign. This campaign is going to be won, not on television, not on radio. It is going to won friend-to-friend, neighbor-to-neighbor, pastor-to-pastor, Oklahoman-to-Oklahoman," Cruz said.
"I am convinced the most long-lasting legacy of Barack Obama is going to be a new generation of leaders in the Republican party, who stand and fight for liberty, who stand and fight for the Constitution, and who stand and fight for the Judeo-Christian values that built this great nation. Thank you, and God bless you," Cruz closed with to thunderous applause.