Ted Cruz visits Winamac diner, speaks at La Porte rally
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz was scheduled to hold a rally in La Porte on Sunday evening, but he visited a Winamac diner first.
Cruz decided to grab a bite to eat at the appropriately-named "Cruizers" at 103 S Monticello Street. He arrived shortly before 5:30 p.m.
He shook hands, took photos and answered voter’s questions inside and outside of the restaurant.
"I'm just excited that somebody this important is coming to little old Winamac, where nothing ever happens," said an excited Emma Todd.
"I think it's most exciting that we actually have a conservative who is in the running to be the Republican candidate for president," Blair Todd told us. "Normally we have someone who's a moderate, and this year we actually have someone who's a social conservative, a fiscal conservative, a conservative all the way down the line."
Cruz held his rally at the La Porte Civic Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., and one of the special guests was political commentator Glenn Beck.
Cruz had plenty of praise for Carly Fiorina, his recently announced running mate, and he also had much to say about one of his Republican rivals.
"Donald Trump's economic proposal is to put a massive new tax increase, 40 percent tax increase, on every American consumer," Cruz told his supporters. "I gotta tell you, I don't think Indianans are taxed too little. I think Hoosiers are taxed too much, and I'm gonna cut your taxes. If I’m elected president we’re going to pass a simple flat tax where every American can fill out our taxes on a post card."
At one point, Cruz was interrupted by a heckler in the audience.
"Thank you, son. I appreciate you sharing your views. You know, one of the things that hopefully someone has told you is that children should actually speak with respect," Cruz said. "Imagine what a different world it would be if someone had told Donald Trump that years ago."
Cruz outlined his political stances for his supporters.
Cruz told supporter that he believes the election is going to “come down to three things: jobs, freedom and security.”
He said he would stand with Israel to defeat radical Islamic terrorism, and said he plans to repeal every word of Obamacare.
“We’ll pass common sense health care reform that makes health insurance personal and portable and affordable and keeps government from getting in between us and our doctors.”
“I thought it was life changing. I've never been to a rally and this is my first time voting and I'm so glad that we have someone who is so God fearing running for president,” says Gabrielle Winslette.
Supporters say it's easy to talk about making America great again, but they believe Cruz will be the one to do it.
“I was kind of between Trump and Cruz. We're going to see Trump tomorrow night. So we'll see after we listen to Trump, but I'm leaning towards Cruz now,” says Ben Ayres.
“I really appreciate that it wasn't an attack message, it wasn't crass. We really appreciate that Ted keeps it clean and really is trying to bring a more civil way of governing, says” Chad Addie.