Ted Cruz to Republicans: ‘Lighten up a little’

Ted Cruz to Republicans: ‘Lighten up a little’

By Katie Glueck (Politico) –

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Sen. Ted Cruz was in rare form at a tea party convention here on Sunday, dinging the Republican establishment but also cracking jokes and even whipping out an apparent Russian accent.

The Texas Republican, a likely 2016 presidential contender, was asked at the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention how the GOP can engage more young people, a group with whom Republicans performed miserably in the past several presidential elections. Cruz said candidates should “speak the truth” and be “inspiring,” suggesting that Republicans can offer effective messaging on health care and jobs. But he also suggested they show some humor.

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