By JIM MISUNAS
Rep. Tim Huelskamp endorsed the conservative principles of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz from Texas on a recent television appearance on Newsmax TV featuring host Steve Malzberg.
Huelskamp is a member of the House veterans Committee and chairman of the House Tea Party caucus. He will appear at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Larned Chamber of Commerce for a town hall meeting.
“I’m pretty excited about Senator Cruz and other conservatives looking at the race,” Huelskamp said. “The reason we can win (the presidency) in 2016 is by focusing on conservative principles. That’s what Ted talks about. It will be about a big vision and big principles.”
Fellow Republicans aren’t so happy with Cruz. U.S. Rep. Peter King (N.Y.) has criticized Rep. Cruz. Huelskamp said old-guard Republicans like to dismiss conservative Republicans like Cruz.
“There is an establishment in Washington,” Huelskamp said. “The last thing they want is a conservative in the White House. Many of them would actually take a Democrat over a conservative Republican. The only way we win the White House will be as a conservative, not as a Mitt Romney-like moderate. That hasn’t worked.
“Ask John McCain or Mitt Romney. We have to talk about what we’re for and talk about what our vision is for the future for this nation. People are ready and willing to follow someone with big ideas that work.”
American Action Network (AAN) is a pro-amnesty group that is controlled by the GOP establishment. Its board includes, Barry Jackson, the former Chief of Staff to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).
AAN launched TV ads in the past accusing Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), and Jim Jordan (R-OH) of threatening national security for voting against funding President Obama’s executive amnesty order.
“It’s a good sign that conservatives are making a difference in Washington,” Huelskamp said. “We are exposing the ways which the Republican establishment is not following Republican principles,” he said. “It’s an affiliated group tied closely with John Boehner and other establishment figures in Washington. They are engaging outsiders to hire folks to run attack ads. It’s stunning and unprecedented.”
Huelskamp will face primary opposition from Great Bend’s Roger Marshall. He will push on with his conservative agenda by limiting federal spending.
“We have to push forward — and repeal Obamacare,” he said. “Push forward with some fundamental tax reform. Push forward with how we’re actually going to save money rather than spend money. We have a chance to save and secure Medicare. What they’re planning on doing is nothing. They are just adding to the deficit. Let the Democrats do that.”