Cruz hones pitch as he visits rural voters
LINCOLN, N.H. - As he prepares for of his expected presidential campaign, Sen. Ted Cruz is hoping voters from rural New Hampshire and his home state of Texas share a similarly dour view of government.
The Republican is promising to abolish the Internal Revenue Service and scrap the Education Department. He vows to curtail federal regulators, likening them to locusts that deserve to be killed. And the Second Amendment is a staple in his pitch.
It's all part of the sales job Cruz is making to rural voters. All candidates make such efforts, and frequent stops at county fairs and farm stands will be a regular feature of campaign schedules by the time there are declared candidates.
But Cruz is going further, using his first visit to New Hampshire to head to the state's rural northern region.