Cruz Supports Natural Gas Fracking, Calls For End Of ‘War On Coal’
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WILLIAMSPORT — If Ted Cruz is elected president, he said, the federal government will not regulate fracking and the war on coal will end.
Those were two of the promises made by the Texas senator who is seeking the Republican nomination during a campaign stop in Williamsport Friday. Pennsylvania’s primary election is Tuesday.
But Cruz did not answer the question of whether he had contacted any of the candidates for delegate to the GOP national convention to ask for their support. Although their names will be on the primary ballot, the ballot does not indicate which candidate any individual delegate supports.
In response, Cruz said he is barnstorming across the state in an effort to earn the support of the people of Pennsylvania. He claimed there are those in the media “who want to paint Pennsylvania as a suburb of Manhattan.”
“I think the people of Pennsylvania have a lot more common sense than the liberal elite Democrats in New York,” he said.
He claimed two rich New York liberals who share the same views won that state’s recent primary. Both want to raise taxes and maintain the nuclear agreement with Iran, he said.
Cruz spoke to about 600 cheering supporters in the sprawling NuWeld Inc. plant in Williamsport’s industrial Park.
NuWeld works with the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania, so it’s perhaps not surprising that Cruz spoke in favor of fracking and ending what he said is crippling Environmental Protection Agency regulations on the industry.
Fracking, which is the way natural gas is gotten out of shale formations, has been done for 60 years, he said. It is perfectly safe and the states know how to do it so the federal government should not regulate it, he said.
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He pointed out how the economy has grown in Pennsylvania in the Marcellus Shale region compared with New York State, where fracking is regulated.
Cruz claimed he is the only candidate to have an energy plan to stop the “war on coal.”
He accused Obama of trying to bankrupt every coal company in America and said if elected, Clinton would “kill the coal industry.” He promised that if he is president, there will be thousands and thousands of jobs in coal.
During his speech and news conference that followed, Cruz restated his platform that includes repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a common sense health care plan, a 10 percent flat income tax, a 16 percent take on business, ending the death tax, securing the border, abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, stopping amnesty for illegal immigrants, rebuilding the military and eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood.
He attacked GOP front-runner Donald Trump, charging he has supported liberal Democrat politicians for 40 years. He claims Trump would allow a grown man in the same bathroom as a young girl.
Trump earlier this week expressed opposition to the recently passed law in North Carolina that requires transgender students to use bathrooms assigned to their biological sex at birth.
Accusing Obama of abandoning America’s friends and allies, Cruz said he stands unapologetic with Israel in its disputes with the Palestinians.
He said he doubts Trump has read his own tax plan and criticized the New York businessman for turning his campaign over to Washington lobbyists.
Cruz said he agrees with Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders that Washington is corrupt but disagrees with the Vermont senator on how to fix it. What should not be done is give Washington more power, the conservative lawmaker said.
He touted small businesses and claims under him jobs would return to America. He accused Trump of not wanting to debate because he has no idea how to bring jobs back to America. “He has no real solutions,” he said.
He said he believes neither he nor Trump will achieve the 1,237 required to secure the GOP nomination in advance of the convention.
“It will be a battle at the convention to determine who can earn the support of the majority of the delegates elected by the people,” he said. He called Trump a divisive figure who can’t do that.
He maintains he is the only Republican who can beat Clinton and notes polls show him up 14 points among young people.
“We need a return to common sense,” he said. “We have to unite the Republican Party.”
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