Sen. Cruz addresses adoring audience at state GOP convention

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by JOBIN PANICKER

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WFAA

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 11:48 PM

FORT WORTH -- On Thursday night, Sen. Ted Cruz took the stage at the Eagle Forum at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth. The senator was greeted with a loud and standing ovation.

Not far from where the Texas Republican convention is being held, Sen. Dan Patrick called it a great environment.

"This convention is the largest in the country," Patrick said. "It's bigger than the presidential convention."

And with hundreds of Republicans watching, Sen. Cruz did not pull any punches.

"When you have a president who picks and chooses which laws to follow, you're no longer a president," Cruz said.

In a 10-minute speech, Cruz ripped President Obama on issues regarding the IRS, Benghazi, and most recently, the controversial return of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

"We're not only negotiating with terrorists, we're negotiating to send terrorists back to join terrorists," Cruz said.

News 8 asked the senator whether Bergdahl should face criminal charges for allegedly deserting his company.

"The system will work and it will investigate what his conduct is. Obviously, soldiers have raised troubling allegations, but I am confident the military will assess his actions," Cruz replied.

Within minutes, the senator was rushed to another event. Cruz is expected to make more appearances as the convention continues.

E-mail jpanicker@wfaa.com

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