FULL SPEECH AND Q&A: Sen. Ted Cruz’s major foreign policy speech at Jesse Helms Lecture Series

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) delivered a major foreign policy speech today at the Heritage Foundation’s 4th Annual Jesse Helms Lecture Series. You can watch the full speech (45 min) as well as the following Q&A (~15 min) below:

To give you some idea of his comments, here are just a few tweets from Amanda Carpenter, speechwriter and senior communications advisor to Cruz, who was live-tweeting his comments:

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  • Rshill7

    Sweeeeeeet! Almost forgot about this. Daddy could go for an all Cruz TV channel. 
    All Cruz all the time! Bring it!

  • JohnQueue

    I am now on Cruz Control, baby!

  • ladyjk

    Now we’ll see how a real statesman delivers a foreign policy speech!!

  • cabensg

    He’s a master at making his point and every point was absolutely correct.

  • sybilll

    I had not planned on watching the entire 1 hr 20 min program, but I just could not stop.  Cruz is the real deal.

  • marketcomp

    Rshill7 LOL!

  • marketcomp

    Sen. Cruz’s speech was comprehensive and articulate. Could we be watching….nah I don’t want to jinx it.

  • ldydesign

    Wow, you notice he always emphasizes the positive of his fellow politicians and then says what he believes.  He does’nt “attack them personaly.  That is what us Texans saw when he was debating his opponents in Texas.  He always “elevates” the conversation which keeps it open for honest debate.

  • Kiyoti

    A clear, concise, articulation of what a national policy should express.  No pastels utilized.

  • K-Bob

    Never tell a pitcher when he’s got a no hitter goin’

  • K-Bob

    I am bandwidth limited, so I only caught the last bit, but man!  He spoke without prompters, and nailed it.
    I hope I’m still around when they reminisce on President Cruz’s famous speeches.

  • DebbyX

    Is it too soon to hope and wish and pray this man goes on to greatness?!
    Amazing speach.

  • odin147

    I don’t think pothead I mean potus went to congress because he listened to the people if that were the case he would have it done earlier, he did to save his skin, nothing to commend here.

  • waffle_anna

    odin147 Yes, but saying that he did it to listen to the American people really rubs it in Obama’s face.

  • clockwindingdown

    Not an Ah, ah, ah, ah, moment the entire clip! How is that possible? Maybe because one knows what they are speaking of, is not afraid of what they speak, and holds the conviction to which they are speaking.  
    It is refreshing to hear someone speak articulately and not searching for wording in which to hide what they say, or provide an out, when at a later point in time such previous remarks are brought into question.

  • ACThomas

    I think we should not get involved in any middle east conflict UNLESS we are willing to put boots on the ground.  I support backing Israel, but they can handle Syria without our help.  and if they needed to tag us in, they would need to make their case 100% before I sent our soldiers.  I’m done with all this double-dealing, back-stabbing war games that are going on between US leaders and Middle East leaders.  done with it!  and as far as protecting our interests???  how bout we all get on our knees and ask for GOD’s forgiveness?  forgiveness for taking HIS grace for granted.  forgiveness for our corrupt society.  and forgiveness for our apathy and laziness.  and we should beg him for HIS protection and guidance.  ask him to intercede with these leaders, to guide them to find peaceful solutions.  going to GOD should be our first action, always!

  • badbadlibs

    Bravo! I praise God for your post! Best advice any human being could give or take! Excellent!
    “America, bless God” !

  • badbadlibs

    waffle_anna odin147 
    Good point!

  • standbesideherUSA

    I don’t care what anyone says, I, for one, think this guy is clear-headed, courageous, (teleprompter-less), and READY to be the next President of the United States of America.  A real natural-born communicator and leader.  Period.

  • badbadlibs

    Ever since I learned his father laid hands on him as a boy, consistently and spoke the Word of God over him and said blessings, I am hopeful he can go on to greatness.

  • Yes, He does try to elevate the conversation and it’s hard to elevate the conversation when you’re dealing with politicians …….because they are for the most part the scum of the earth.

  • clockwindingdown

    LOL, tell us what you really think would you Joe? 😉

  • Stehekin912

    Love how he took the three questions at the end…all in his head, and answered them without a hitch.

  • GRITSMama

    Cruz/West 2016!

  • Medaton

    This is a great man!  He can be a great President!
    He gave this with no notes…  NO TETEPROMPTER!

  • PVG

    clockwindingdown  Speak truth from the heart and believe what you say, no teleprompters, no stuttering………

  • Scolded for the Truth

    Can we stop the “John McCain was a hero” crap as if criticizing him is unbecoming in some way. What he was, he no longer is. I do not respect him in the least. He lied to his constituents, but he is still a hero. STOP! I can’t stand this anymore. McCrapper might have passion on foreign affairs, but the problem is that he is passionately wrong. This is the only thing Ted said that rubs me wrongly. Having said this, I think that Ted will continue to serve his constituents well and that he will never intentionally mislead anyone. I support him.

  • chris3

    Scolded for the Truth Enemy from within! McCrapper is an honest name.

  • Longiron

    For all the good McCain did for the country in the military he has harmed this country tenfold as a politician. Expert in foreign affairs BS. A lot go good men were in prison in Nam does that make one an foreign affairs expert? Thank you for your service but most are not experts in foreign affairs a la McCain!

  • MeanGreen

    Hey Rs. Off topic but I discovered another series you may be interested in while we wait for the next edition from Stockwin. It’s called The Bolitho novels by Alexander Kent. There are 27 or 28 of them already in publication.I just ordered the first three.

  • Rshill7

    MeanGreen Rshill7  
    Cool. Bolitho sounds a little like the great Nelson, hero of Trafalgar. 
    I’m currently in the middle of my ninth straight Sir Walter Scott novel.

  • MeanGreen

    I was checking out Stockwin’s site and saw this comment from one of his fans.That’s how I found out about Kent.
    ‘Having read my Hornblower, Aubrey & Bolitho so many times I was very happy to discover Kydd a few weeks ago’
    Anticipating Caribee but I needed to have something now. I reread Ivanhoe & Rob Roy a few weeks ago.

  • Rshill7

    MeanGreen Rshill7 One of my favorites was “The Talisman”. It takes place during the crusades, and one of the main characters is King Richard The Lionhearted.

  • RReaganRepublic

    Thank God for Sen Ted Cruz, the Ronald Reagan and Jesse Helms of this time period.  We need 99 more like Ted Cruz / Reagan and Helms, in the US Senate, 1 more in the White House / US Presidency, in addition to drafting, then ratifying Mark Levin’s 11 Liberty Amendments to the US Constitution by the States.
    Constitutional Conservatives / Patriotic Americans like Sen Ted Cruz, are not made from a special school, they come from the populace citizenry, and must be cultivated and supported to take social, political, and even military leadership roles, to be at the helm of America, steering us in the right direction.
    The anti-American liberal left, be they Democrats or McRINOs, wants the American people to think and believe that this is all just a matter of supporting a particular political team, thus ideology and philosophy, such as a sports competition, where consequences are not very harsh, just directional-  But it’s far from that. It’s about the very soul, heart, core of what America represents, is, and will be- Either anti-Democratic, anti-Republic, anti-Freedom and Liberty, anti-US Constitutionalism / anti-Americanism, Socialism, Marxism, and Islamism.. or pro-Americanism, pro-Free Market Capitalism, pro-Republicanism, pro-Limited govt, pro-Individual Freedom and Liberty, pro-US Sovereignty, pro-US Constitutional Conservatism.
    This is what and where the moral clarity lines are drawn, which directly principles our US Domestic and Foreign Policies as America.

  • MeanGreen

    Rshill7 MeanGreen  
    I just checked it out on line.Looks good. It said it was #2 of the Tales of the Crusaders so I assume I would want to read Betrothed first? You can keep sending me ideas.Obviously we have identical tastes in books.I can never get enough to read.

  • John McCain is a war hero but…..there’s a whole lot more after the “but”

  • Rshill7

    MeanGreen Rshill7
    Oh yeah, had to go back in my Kindle and check that one out. It was good too. I liked The Talisman even better. It’s not necessary to read them in order. Each stands alone. 
    In The Betrothed the reader has to stay in Europe even though one of our heroes goes off to fight in the Crusades (Hugo DeLacy).
    In the Talisman, we are taken into the Crusades, into the presence of King Richard and what he was really like. We are also taken into the presence of Saladin, English, Scottish, and French nobility too, and how those factions worked together and against each other at times. A Knight Templar is in it too.
    I won’t discuss the main hero of this book, but he was an amazing gentleman. Courage, honor, humility, chivalry. Hot damn, good stuff!

  • MeanGreen

    Rshill7 MeanGreen  
    Did your Kindle have the Alexander Kent series available?
    I look forward to reading both of the Sir Walter Scott books.
    I have looked at the Kindle,Nook and other readers. Do you like the Kindle? Is the screen still visible in outdoor sunlight? I am just not sure which one to purchase.I am somewhat old fashioned when it comes to the smell of ink on paper.

  • Rshill7

    MeanGreen Rshill7 
    Yep. There are 42 different Alexander Kent titles available from the Kindle store in that series. The Walter Scott books are all free. Public domain stuff. 
    I have the original Kindle as well as the Kindle Fire HD. The HD is like an I-Pad. The regular is easier to read in bright sunlight. Their “paperwhite” model is too I believe. I believe there is a way to adjust the lighting on the HD. You can definitely vary the brightness of it. 
    It looks like for $7.99 you can get the entire Bolitho collection all in one download.
    I still get the Kydd novels in hardback every year…so I know what you mean about books, ink and paper.
    Another cool thing about the Kindle is that it tells you what percentage of the book you’ve made it through at any given time. It also lets you touch any word in a story and receive a complete definition of that word. It lets you highlight passages you really like too, in several different colors, and recall any of them at will in any book you’ve read.
    We got all of our kids Kindle HD’s too last year. They really like them and use them like I-Pads.

  • MeanGreen

    Upon further investigation it appears that :
    The Bolitho novels are a series of nautical written by (using the pseudonym Alexander Kent) Under the name Reeman he wrote a series of World War II novels.Dang, this guy was busy.
    I’ll have to check out the Kindle. I can probably just throw it in my pack and have plenty to read no matter when I might be.Trying to pack and carry books can be a hassle.

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  • Pancake3

    Scolded for the Truth If you’ll read about McCain, you’ll find he fired a rocket from his plane on the deck of his carrier, among other little embarrassments.  His father was an admiral, so he scated on most of his hairbrained actions.

  • advocatecitizen.com

    Senator Cruz always has the interests of America and is not afraid to speak his mind.We need more republicans like him in Washington.