Cruz: Our Values Are ’Life,’ ‘Marriage,’ and No IRS

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), speaking at the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. on Friday, ticked off a list of what he called the American values, including “life” and “marriage” and an end to the IRS, which was not established as an official agency until after the adoption of the 16th Amendment in 1913.

“Our values are why we’re here,” Cruz said. “We defend the values that are American values. We stand for life. We stand for marriage.”

“We stand for Israel,” Cruz said. “We bring back jobs and opportunity and unleash small businesses to make it easier for people to achieve the American Dream.

He continued, “We abolish the IRS,” and added that it was necessary to repeal “every word of Obamacare.”

Cruz also further said the government needed to protect Americans who have been jailed in foreign countries because of their Christian faith, including Pastor Saeed Abedini, who is serving an eight year sentence in an Iranian prison.

The Texas senator then expressed outrage that the Obama administration is negotiating with Iran over its nuclear weapons program at the United Nation’s General Assembly, which is in session this month in New York City.

“We so desperately need a president who will stand up and say, ‘These discussions do not even begin until you release Pastor Saeed Abedini.”