by MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY | Breitbart  |  published on August 23, 2015

Cruz-Iowa-Leahy-640x480DES MOINES, Iowa – GOP presidential contender Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) closed out a memorable day in Iowa with a massive rally for religious liberty in downtown Des Moines Friday evening. The overflow crowd of 3,000 Cruz supporters gathered to hear the conservative torch bearer draw attention to the persecution of Christian business owners.

It was a theme he had addressed earlier in the day at the Iowa State Fair, first during his 20 minutes on the Des Moines Register soapbox, and later in an attempted media ambush by actress Ellen Page in which the junior Senator from Texas schooled the actress on the finer points of public debating.

The enthusiastic crowd heard Cruz passionately defend the rights of Christian business owners. He was joined on stage by Dick and Betty Odgaard, owners of a wedding chapel business in Grimes, Iowa that was forced to close due to the legal and financial repercussions of their decision not to make their chapel available for a gay wedding.

  • I Seigel

    This “article” sounds like Breitbart simply reprinted the press release from the Cruz campaign. A “huge” rally of 3000 supporters, huh? And the rally that Trump just had, with over 30,000 supporters, which was just reported in the Washington Times? What adjective would the Cruz campaign spinners use to describe that?

  • JRW40113

    I have not picked my candidate yet, but Ted is one of my top picks.

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