Until Donald Trump sucked the air out of the room with an inflammatory comment about U.S. Sen. John McCain, the highlight of Saturday’s Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, was likely going to be U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.
The GOP presidential contender from Texas drew a rousing standing ovation when he called on the federal government to defund Planned Parenthood.
Cruz was responding to the release of an undercover video earlier this week that captured Planned Parenthood’s top doctor talking about how the abortion provider sells the body parts of aborted babies.
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Cruz drew several standing ovations and, as one attendee noted, he was definitely the “crowd’s cup of tea” — at least until Trump opened his mouth.
American Bridge posted a video of Cruz discussing Planned Parenthood on social media.
Here’s that clip and a sampling of responses to Cruz’s remarks from Twitter:
Ted Cruz goes after Planned Parenthood, gets a standing ovation from #FLS2015 http://t.co/KwUEz3GYjN
— American Bridge (@American_Bridge) July 18, 2015
Cruz gets long standing ovation at #fls2015 when he calls for cutoff of federal taxpayer money for Planned Parenthood after seeing video
— William Petroski (@WilliamPetroski) July 18, 2015
Cruz: “We should cut off every penny of taxpayer dollars.” Results in first spontaneous standing ovation of the summit. #gop2016
— Matthew DeFour (@WSJMattD4) July 18, 2015
Cruz just got largest applause line of the day so far — sustained standing ovation in the middle of his speech. #FLS2015
— Brent Griffiths (@BrentGriffiths) July 18, 2015
Frank Luntz notes that @tedcruz receives first standing ovation of the day at #FLS015— calling for defund of and investigation to @PPact
— Catherine Frazier (@catblackfrazier) July 18, 2015
Cruz ends to yet another standing ovation. He was this crowd’s cup of tea. #FLS2015
— Lissandra Villa (@LissandraVilla) July 18, 2015
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