US Senator and presidential candidate, Ted Cruz spent his July 4th afternoon and evening in Greenville this past weekend.
Cruz held a signing for his new Book, A Time for Truth, at the Westin hotel in downtown where a few hundred people came to get their books signed. Meanwhile outside, a crowd of Cruz for President grassroots volunteers held signs and wore Cruz 2016 T-shirts on the sidewalks near the hotel.
Raquelle Sheen of Greenville attended the book signing with her sister, Heather. “I am really enthused to see such a principled candidate running for office. I am so tired of politicians who pander to the politically correct crowd or who compromise for the sake of political expediency. Cruz is conservative, articulate, and a true statesman. He is more interested in what is right and doing what is best for the country than in looking good to the liberal media.” Sheen said.
After the book signing, Cruz walked the streets at a Fourth of July Festival near Falls Park and greeted unsuspecting festival attendees.
The Cruz campaign had not announced ahead of time that Cruz would be attending the festival. At first, Cruz seemed to blend into the crowd, and as far as campaigning it seemed to be a bit of a bust, as few seemed to notice him. But after a few minutes, people in the crowd began to notice the Ted Cruz signs being held by campaign volunteers walking with Cruz, and would give a shout out, thumbs up, etc., to which the volunteers would inform the passersby that “There’s Cruz, right there, go speak with him, get your pic made with him!”
It wasn’t log until a crowd gathered around Cruz and an unorganized line was formed for people to get to speak with the Senator and have their picture made with him, and or snag a few selfies. One festival attendee stopped and spoke with a Cruz campaign volunteer in broken English saying that he and his wife were from France and couldn’t vote, but that they “wanted to get to meet the next president” while they had the chance.
At one point Cruz made his way to the railing of the Reedy River overpass over Falls park and posed alone for a picture. A campaign official said that Cruz wanted to be sure and have his picture made at the spot where the tea party movement is said to have began. On February 27, 2009, on a rainy evening at that spot on the banks of the Reedy River below, a crowd of around 2,000 attended what some claim was the very first tea party rally in America.
Cruz Campaign officials said that they were thrilled with the reception that Cruz received in Greenville, and noted that it was all organic non-planned reaction from the crowd as they were not there expecting to see the Senator. “This was one of the warmest and most enthusiastic receptions that Cruz has received at any such open event that he has attended” noted one campaign official.
Cruz shook hands, posed for pictures, enjoyed some ribs and a funnel cake, and took time to attentively speak with as many of the
crowd as he could for around two hours before leaving to drive to Georgia for another book signing the next day.
On Sunday the Cruz campaign announced that combined with the Cruz super PAC’s they had raised an impressive $51 million, placing Cruz with the top fundraisers among presidential candidates.
By: Javan Browder
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