- Ted Cruz, Official Portrait, 113th Congress
- U.S. Presidential contender Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) drew thousands of Idahoans to show support for his election bid at rallies in both North and South Idaho on Saturday.
Two Republican presidential hopefuls visited the Treasure Valley this weekend: Ted Cruz on March 5 and Marco Rubio on Sunday, March 6.
Cruz, a junior United States senator from Texas, originally planned to visit only Coeur d'Alene on March 5 for an afternoon rally. According to Spokane, Wash., Spokesman-Review, more than 3,000 supporters showed up to the Kootenai County Fairgrounds to show support for Cruz.
“If Donald [Trump] is our nominee, in all likelihood we lose to [Democratic candidate, former first lady, former U.S. secretary of state and former U.S. senator from New York] Hillary Clinton, we lose the U.S. Senate, we lose the Supreme Court for a generation, we lose the Bill of Rights, we lose the future of our kids,” Cruz told the crowd.
The candidate fit in among his supporters, wearing jeans, boots, a suit jacket and no tie. After his appearance in northern Idaho, Cruz hopped down to Boise and joined a victory rally at Boise State University, after news broke he had won primary races in both Kansas and Maine.
"I am thrilled at the support we have here in Idaho. We did a big event in Coeur d'Alene earlier today. We did a big event here, the energy and passion we've got on the ground is incredible," Cruz said in Boise.
- Screenshot from KIVI Report
- Cruz made an unexpected stop at Boise State University on Saturday night after visiting Coeur d'Alene earlier in the day.
- Marco Rubio, Official Portrait, 112th Congress
- Presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will also visit Boise for a short rally held at the Jackson Jet Center.
Cruz also hit on other hot-button issues for Idahoans, including the Second Amendment and control of federal lands.
"Far too much land, particularly in the West is owned by the federal government. It's not right, it doesn't make sense. We need to transfer that land back to the states or, even better, back to the people," he said.
Talking to a group of Boise reporters, Cruz said if he becomes president, he plans a radical dismantling of several U.S. government departments, including Energy, Education, Commerce, and Housing and Urban Development, and the Internal Revenue Service.
Hot on Cruz's heels, Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio is also visiting the Gem State on Sunday, March 6. He will host a Marco Rubio for President Rally in Idaho Falls this evening and another rally in Boise from 7:30-8:15 p.m. at the Jackson Jet Center Hangar.
Attendees are advised to park at the Boise Airport parking garage and take a shuttle to the hangar. Shuttle service begins at 6 p.m. The event is free, but all attendees need to RSVP via Eventbrite.