Ted Cruz’s Dad Wants to Send Obama ‘Back to Kenya’

Video of the controversial comments from 2012 surfaced Thursday

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The father of Tea Party-hero Ted Cruz wants to send President Barack Obama “back to Kenya,” according to video of a 2012 speech during his son’s campaign for Senate.

In the clip — which was flagged Thursday by the left-leaning news outlet Mother Jones — Rafael Cruz, an evangelical pastor, calls the United States “a Christian nation” and tells the crowd “we need to send Barack Obama back to Chicago, back to Kenya.” Rafael Cruz also calls Obama a socialist and rails against the so-called “death panels” some erroneously claim are part of the Affordable Care Act.

A spokesperson for Sen. Cruz told Mother Jones, “These selective quotes, taken out of context, mischaracterize the substance of Pastor Cruz’s message. Like many Americans, he feels America is on the wrong track,” adding that “Pastor Cruz does not speak for the senator.”


[Mother Jones]