Presidential candidate and current Texas Senator Ted Cruz included Tulsa in his most recent tour of campaign rallies, titled “Take Off with Ted: Cruz Country Christmas Tour” at the Mabee Center Wednesday morning. Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine hosted the event in honor of veterans.
So far, the 2016 candidates to visit Tulsa have included Ben Carson, Hillary Clinton and Cruz—who also made an appearance in August. Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, Marco Rubio and Donald Trump also made stops throughout Oklahoma this fall.
Approximately 1,500 supporters filled the seats, some cheering or waving Bridenstine and Cruz signs and wearing stickers.
Cruz expressed his support for Bridenstine, who he called “a future senator,” and joked, “Children across the nation wear superman pajamas to bed. Superman wears Chuck Norris pajamas and Chuck Norris wears Jim Bridenstine pajamas.”
He claimed he would “abolish” the U.S. Department of Education and IRS, and “completely and utterly destroy ISIS.” He also planned to repeal Obamacare and eliminate religious persecution in Washington.
“But that’s just my first day,” Cruz said. “There are 365 days in a year, and four years in a term. And then, there are four more years in a second term.”
Cruz’s last stop before Christmas is at Oklahoma City Community College this afternoon at 1:30 p.m.