During the home stretch of his son Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) campaign for the U.S. Senate, Rafael Cruz told a Texas tea party gathering that they needed to “send Barack Obama back to Kenya,” according to a video released by Mother Jones’ David Corn—the journalist who scooped Mitt Romney’s “47%” video.
After an exegesis on various U.N. encroachments onto U.S. law, Cruz named Obama as one of the organization’s big supporters. “So we have our work cut out for us,” Cruz said. “We need to send Barack Obama back to Chicago. I’d like to send him back to Kenya.”
Ted Cruz had pulled an upset victory over David Dewhurst in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate and was coasting to victory in the general election. Nonetheless, his father encouraged the Hood County Tea Party in September on 2012 to vote straight-ticket Republican, and spoke of the urgent need for the GOP to take back the Senate and thus have influence over Supreme Court appointments.
When asked for a comment on the quotes, Cruz’s office asked for citations, and when provided with them said, “These selective quotes, taken out of context, mischaracterize the substance of Pastor Cruz’s message. Like many Americans, he feels America is on the wrong track.” They added: “Pastor Cruz does not speak for the senator.”
Watch the video below:
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