Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Friday evening at a GOP faith and family event that the chief moral threat facing America is the "assault" on Judeo-Christian values from the elites in Hollywood and Washington, D.C.
The Republican presidential hopeful made the comments at the Presidential Family Forum in Des Moines, Iowa.
I think the greatest moral threat we’re facing is the assault coming from Washington, the media, and Hollywood. #PFF15— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz)1448069101.0
Cruz argued that of decades he has been passionate about defending religious liberty, calling it the "first freedom in our country."
Religious liberty for me has been a passion for decades because it is the first freedom in our country. #PFF15— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz)1448070076.0
He added, "When you’ve seen freedom taken away, it is real, it is personal. And if we don’t fight to defend our liberty, we will lose it."
Ted Cruz asked if he really loves everybody. "Do I love the human being, yes. I don’t love the evil they commit." #pff2015— Jessica Hopper (@Jessica Hopper)1448070362.0
Cruz has seen a slow and steady rise in the polls. A new national poll conducted by NBC News in conjunction with SurveyMonkey placed him in second, tied with retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.
Follow the author of this story on Twitter and Facebook: