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Cruz Woos Indiana Republicans, Emphasizes Jobs, Freedom, Security

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Brandon Smith
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Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz Thursday made his pitch to state party leaders and donors, one day after Donald Trump addressed a rally of thousands in Indianapolis. 

Cruz delivered the keynote speech at the state Republicans’ spring fundraising dinner.

The focus of Cruz’s speech – and, he says, the focus of the election – is jobs, freedom and security. 

The theme is what Cruz deemed the “leviathan” of the federal government.

“If I’m elected president, we will repeal every word of Obamacare,” he says. “We’ll pass a simple flat tax and we will abolish the IRS.”

Cruz also pledged to spend a lot of time in Indiana as the race for the Republican nomination draws close to an end– a race, he says, in which there are only two candidates with a viable path to victory, he and Donald Trump.

“If Donald is our nominee, it means we lose and we lose by double-digits,” he says. “And if we’re losing by double-digits, it means we lose the Senate, it means we could lose the House, it means that if Hillary is our president we lose the Supreme Court for a generation.”

In a statement, the Indiana Democratic Party says Cruz is “out-of-touch” and puts his ideology ahead of the nation’s well-being.  

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