Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzMcConnell: Trump White House will have ‘constraints’ Cruz holds back support for Trump with eye on abortion Trump takes victory lap over rivals' remarks MORE (R-Texas) kicked off the annual Conservative Political Action Conference with a populist rallying cry, outlining a 10-point plan for his vision of fixing America.
"We need to end the corruption. We need to eliminate corporate welfare and crony capitalism," he said later. "If you come to Washington and serve in Congress there should be a lifetime ban on lobbying, and we need to pass a strong constitutional amendment that puts into law term limits."
Previewing what could be the outline for a potential 206 presidential bid, Cruz called for more natural energy production so the United States can stand up to "petro-tyrants like [Vladamir] Putin," for abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, repealing the Dodd-Frank law to reform Wall Street regulation and passing a balanced budget amendment.
In a comment that predictably drew the audience to its feet, he called for "repealing every single word of ObamaCare," calling it a "massive wealth transfer" from young people to everyone else, and argued that his push against the law's implementation last year that led to the government shutdown was worth the fight.
He also slammed Republican centrists, joking about would-be presidents Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney before hearkening back to President Reagan.
"You want to lose elections, stand for nothing," he said early in the speech, arguing that the only years the GOP had been successful was in 2010, when they rallied the Tea Party to opposition against ObamaCare.
"We will bring back morning in America. That's why we're here and that's the future for the young and everybody else in this country," he said in closing.