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Ted Cruz Brings Message Of 'Grassroots' Conservatism To Phoenix

Ted Cruz
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Ted Cruz speaking to supporters at the National Federation of Republican Women in Phoenix on Sept. 12, 2015.

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is pledging to upend Washington-style politics and the policies of the Obama administration if elected.

The U.S. senator was in Phoenix this weekend speaking to supporters at the National Federation of Republican Women. 

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will have a packed schedule his first day in office. Speaking to a room of GOP supporters in Phoenix, he listed a slew of dramatic reforms he will execute immediately once elected: among them, rescind every one of President Obama’s “unconstitutional” executive actions, investigate Planned Parenthood, shred the Iran nuclear deal, and abolish Common Core and the IRS.

“There comes a point where the hole becomes too deep, where our liberties have been taken away, where we have receded too much in the world that there is no going back. We are not at the point yet, but we are close," said Cruz.

Cruz said he also intends to rewrite the tax code and implement a flat tax.

The Senator appeared in Arizona at a key point in the primary, before the second debate as the presidential hopefuls are trying to stand out from the rest of the pack. Cruz billed himself as the grassroots candidate and relished that he’s outraised Jeb Bush in hard money, saying that he’s had more than 170,000 separate contributions.

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Will Stone grew up with the sounds of public radio. As a senior field correspondent, he strives to tell the same kind of powerful stories that got him into the business — whether that means trudging through some distant corner of the Sonoran Desert or uncovering an unknown injustice right down the street. Since joining the KJZZ newsroom in 2015, he has covered political scandals, fights over the future of energy, and efforts to care for some of Arizona’s most vulnerable communities. His pieces have also aired on national programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now and Marketplace. Before coming to KJZZ, he reported for public radio stations in Nevada and Connecticut. Stone received his degree in English literature from Haverford College, where he also wrote about the arts and culture scene in Philadelphia. After graduating, he interned at NPR West in Culver City, California, where he learned from some of the network’s veteran reporters and editors. When he doesn’t have a mic in hand, Stone enjoys climbing mountains, running through his central Phoenix neighborhood and shamelessly promoting his cat, Barry.