Ted Cruz Feeling Peaceful, Encouraged and Inspired in Iowa

How is Ted Cruz feeling on Iowa Caucus day? The senator called in to The Glenn Beck Program to let listeners know.

"I'm feeling very good. I'm feeling at peace. I'm feeling encouraged. And I'm feeling inspired," Senator Cruz said. "I mean, the energy, you and I, as we crisscrossed the state of Iowa yesterday, you saw the energy and passion on the ground. People are hungry. They're hungry to turn the country around."

Glenn spent the weekend in Iowa, speaking at several rallies on behalf of Senator Cruz and his constitutional conservatism. On Monday, he asked the senator what it was like to work so hard and so long for one day like this.

"Well, I'll tell you, on Election Day, my approach is to just become more and more calm. You know, we'll travel around. Actually, today we're going to hit our 99th county," Cruz said. 'We will have been to every county in Iowa, done events all across the state."

The senator will spend the evening visiting several of the larger caucuses, pouring everything he can into winning Iowa.

Cruz has a solid chance of winning in Iowa, but regardless, his time in the Hawkeye state has been well spent --- win or lose he'll keep fighting the good fight.

Trump, who is polling about five points ahead of Cruz feels differently.

"Just yesterday, he said, 'If he doesn't win Iowa, then everything here was a big, fat, and very expensive waste of time.' You know, I got to admit, I have a very different view," Cruz said. "Regardless of the outcome, it has been an unbelievable privilege to spend so much time with so many wonderful people here in Iowa, people who have welcomed us into their homes, churches that have welcomed my father to preach. I mean, the hospitality, the passion, the hard work. You know, last night, Glenn, we had our closing rally in Des Moines. And there was a young lady. Thirteen years old, a girl from Lubbock, Texas, who was at the rally. She yesterday made 833 calls for us."

If Cruz wins anything less than 100 percent in Iowa, however, the press will likely pounce.

"I'll go ahead and concede we won't win 100 percent of the votes tonight --- [and] the press will spin it as a stunning defeat for Cruz," the senator admitted.

But that won't stop him from pushing forward.

"We have from day one run been running a national campaign. We've got an incredible team here in Iowa," Cruz said. "But we have an amazing team on the ground in New Hampshire. We have an amazing team in South Carolina. We have an amazing team in Nevada. We're all-in in each of the first four states. And then ten days after South Carolina is Super Tuesday, the so-called SECC states: Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas."

Cruz's ground campaign has been noted as impressive and strong. Results from the Iowa Caucus should come rolling in around 8:00 or 9:00 PM CT.

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Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors:

GLENN: Oh, I didn't see him up on the board. Let's go to Ted. Hi, Ted.

TED: Good morning. How are you doing?

GLENN: Very good. How are things? How are you feeling today?

TED: I'm feeling very good. I'm feeling at peace. I'm feeling encouraged. And I'm feeling inspired. I mean, the energy, you and I, as we crisscrossed the state of Iowa yesterday, you saw the energy and passion on the ground. People are hungry. They're hungry to turn the country around.

GLENN: Yeah, it was an amazing thing. It was so -- first of all, it was an honor to be with you this weekend. It was a surreal experience, and it was a weird experience for my kids. They -- you know, my son played fuse ball with the next president of the United States. It was bizarre.

TED: I got to say, Raphe is a good little fuse ball player.

GLENN: Yeah.

TED: Although Pat could hustle fuse ball professionals.

STU: And he said.

GLENN: I said to him, I said, "You're playing fuse ball with the guy who might be the next president of the United States --

PAT: Next president and the boss' son.

GLENN: Right.

PAT: And yet still a crushing defeat. That's integrity right there. That's integrity.

TED: You know, I have to say, Pat, the victory dance on Raphe was probably a bit much. You probably pressed it there.

PAT: That was maybe too far? Okay.

GLENN: Yeah. When he threw him down to the ground, "I crushed you!"

PAT: I might rethink that next time.

GLENN: Yeah. Yeah.

Ted, how does it feel to be -- you've worked so hard and so long. All the candidates have. Your life is -- that picture of you guys playing fuse ball last night, that's kind of like the only fun you have, and that was while somebody else was -- well, me -- I was giving a speech that you had heard four or five times. And that's like your only outlet of having any personal time is just a little bit of time in between. And it's over today and you move on to another state. What does it feel like today, to be in your position or any candidates' position?

TED: Well, I'll tell you, on Election Day, my approach is to just become more and more calm. You know, we'll travel around. Actually, today we're going to hit our 99th county. So we'll complete the full Grassley this afternoon. We will have been to every county in Iowa, done events all across the state. And we'll do that at I think 1 o'clock this afternoon.

And then we'll visit several of the larger caucuses in the evening. And, you know, my approach to a campaign, you pour everything you can into it. We've been working 16, 18 hours a day for six to seven days a week for the past year. And when you pour everything you can into it, when you try to do it right, when you do it with integrity and character, which is how we set out to do it at the beginning, that we were going to take the high road, that we would not go down into the mud. That if others insulted us, we would not respond in kind, but we would keep the campaign focused on issues, focused on substance, focused on record.

You know, when you've put everything within your ability into it and you've done your very best, there's a peace that comes with -- as you're waiting for election returns, at some point, it's out of your hands. It's out of your hands. And it's in the people's hands. And it's in God's hands. And that peace is very much where I am now. I'm hopeful. I believe we'll have a good night. But the voters of Iowa are going to let us know later this evening.

GLENN: Two questions: First, there are scenarios where Donald Trump comes in even third, but if he comes in second, how long is it going to take him -- this is kind of like how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop, but how many minutes does it take before he turns on the voters of Iowa?

(laughter)

TED: Well, you know, that's an easy one to predict because he has already. You know, in the course of the campaign, he already bellowed, "How stupid are the people of Iowa," and that's while he was asking for their votes.

PAT: And that was just over a poll.

TED: Yeah. And yesterday -- well, he was mad that some people liked Ben Carson. That made him angry, and that's why he yelled how stupid are they.

PAT: Yeah.

TED: Just yesterday, he said, "If he doesn't win Iowa, then everything here was a big, fat, and very expensive waste of time." You know, I got to admit, I have a very different view. Regardless of the outcome, it has been an unbelievable privilege to spend so much time with so many wonderful people here in Iowa, people who have welcomed us into their homes, churches that have welcomed my father to preach. I mean, the hospitality, the passion, the hard work. You know, last night, Glenn, we had our closing rally in Des Moines. And there was a young lady. Thirteen years old, a girl from Lubbock, Texas, who was at the rally. She yesterday made 833 calls for us.

PAT: Wow.

GLENN: Wow.

TED: Sat in the headquarters just calling and calling and calling. That's inspiring.

GLENN: I met two doctors. Because I went to your phone center. And that was impressive. But I went to the phone center, and I met two doctors that have walked away from their practice since the beginning of December to make phone calls for you. Just moved. Just left the state. I think they're from Nebraska. Just left. Went to Iowa and started making phone calls. I mean, the sacrifice that these people have made because they believe in you and the ground game that you have -- the people -- the number of people that you have on the ground that are volunteers dwarfs anything else that anybody has. It's impressive.

TED: Go ahead.

GLENN: I'm up against a break here. I only have about three minutes, so I want to get to one question. Because if you come in second or, God forbid, third tonight, they're going to -- the press -- if you win, the press is going to say, "Of course, you won, the evangelicals."

TED: Right.

GLENN: "This was made for him. Of course, he won. He had to win."

If you come in second or third tonight, they're going to count him out and say, "See, he's just unelectable. People don't like him." And blah, blah. So there's no way for you to win in the press. Let's just play this scenario out.

TED: Yeah.

GLENN: You come in and you do as the polls show or a little less than what the polls show.

TED: Right.

GLENN: Donald Trump wins. Is there a path to you winning or anybody winning if Donald Trump wins?

TED: Oh, of course, there is.

Listen, the press -- if we win anything less than 100 percent of the votes tonight, which I'll go ahead and concede we won't win 100 percent of the votes tonight -- the press will spin it as a stunning defeat for Cruz. That's where the reporters are.

But we have from day one run been running a national campaign. We've got an incredible team here in Iowa. But we have an amazing team on the ground in New Hampshire. We have an amazing team in South Carolina. We have an amazing team in Nevada. We're all-in in each of the first four states. And then ten days after South Carolina is Super Tuesday, the so-called SECC states: Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas.

Our team across the Super Tuesday states is stronger by a factor of three or four or five than anybody else's team. And the reports just came out publicly that on the money front, that we ended last year with nearly $20 million in the bank, which is roughly as much as Rubio, Bush, Christie, and Kasich combined. So we've got the resources to go the distance. If Donald pulls out a win tonight, I will happily congratulate him. And then we will see this two-man race continue to go nationally, and we've got the resources and the grassroots.

And it will be a choice for the voters. Do Republicans want to nominate a candidate, who like Donald Trump, agrees with Hillary that we should adopt full-on socialized medicine, we should expand Obamacare to make it socialized medicine? The Republicans want to nominate a candidate like Donald Trump and like Marco Rubio, who agrees with Hillary Clinton that the 12 million people here illegally should be given a path to citizenship. Donald would send them home first, but then let them come back as citizens. I don't think the American people agree with that.

But we can have those debates on issues and substance. And the most important thing right now, Glenn, is for every one of your listeners in Iowa, if you want to turn this country around, if you want to get back to the Constitution, if you want to believe again in the promise of America, then I ask you to come out tonight, 7:00 p.m. and caucus. But don't just come. Bring your friends. Bring your family. Get on the phone this afternoon. If you know anybody in Iowa, come out and caucus. If conservatives show up tonight, we will win. And we're seeing that old Reagan coalition coming together. We're seeing conservatives and evangelicals and Libertarians and Reagan Democrats. And it's all about turnout right now

GLENN: Great. Thank you very much, Ted.

PAT: TedCruz.org.

GLENN: Thank you very much. We'll talk to you again, and we'll be watching tonight. Ted Cruz.

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