Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas spoke at the National Constitution Center Tuesday night as he awaited returns from New York’s presidential primary.
Cruz placed a distant third in New York, as hometown candidate Donald Trump ran away with the GOP primary.
Former Republican candidate Carly Fiorina introduced Cruz in Philadelphia as an outsider ready to take charge.
“People will say that he’s made a lot of enemies, but I personally am encouraged that he has made a lot of enemies — because that what it takes to fight the system,” Fiorina said.
When he addressed the 100 or so people gathered, the Cruz invoked Ronald Reagan, Jack Kennedy and Steve Jobs, and said the GOP is united, despite a bruising primary season.
“As Republicans, we agree on a lot. And sure, areas of lesser agreement exist as well. But on the fundamental question are we satisfied with the current direction of our country? We speak with one voice,” he said.
He then promised a populist direction if elected president.
“One that isn’t lead by me, or anyone in Washington, but by you, and millions others just like you,” Cruz said. “One where we still have differences, yet we choose to concentrate on what we have in common.”
Cruz’s campaign will be in Hershey Wednesday morning, ahead of Tuesday’s Pennsylvania primary.