Sen. Cruz echoes Abbott’s call for additional state powers

Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Greg Abbott announce State Refugee Security Act
Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Greg Abbott announce State Refugee Security Act

CRESCO, Iowa (KXAN) — Abbott’s speech before the Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin earlier Friday could “amp up” the anti-federal dialogue across the country. It will likely leave Republican White House hopefuls plenty to dissect as the first primary votes are just weeks away.

“I want legislation authorizing Texas to join other states in calling for a convention of states to fix the cracks in our broken constitution,” said Gov. Greg Abbott at a policy summit from the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

His proposals include allowing a two-thirds majority of states override a Supreme Court decision. You can find more on the proposals here. 

The push for a Constitutional Convention has also reached the presidential campaign trail. Just this week, Republican candidate Marco Rubio called for a convention of states to draft a balanced budget amendment. He also wants an amendment to impose term limits on judges and on members of Congress.

Earlier on in the campaign, Sen. Ted Cruz from Texas said it was an “option” to protect against “overreach” from the Federal Government. He’s campaigning in Cresco, Iowa Friday as part of his “Cruzin to Caucus” tour. This idea could be good ammo to rile up the conservative base.

Adding amendments to the constitution is not a strange idea here in Iowa. John Jenkins says we need one to get rid of fees or licenses for everyone but criminals to carry guns.

“Being in the Constitution puts it above everything else. That be state law or federal law,” said Jenkins.

Across the aisle, Mark Jenkins wants an anti-abortion measure written in the constitution.

“Saying a person is a person from the time of conception, with equal right of any human being,” said Jenkins.

Senator Cruz has some ideas as well. “I’ve been fighting hard for a balanced budget amendment and as president I will fight hard for a balanced budget amendment, including also a term limit amendment. I think it’s absolutely critical.” Cruz told KXAN.

He also touts an amendment giving states the ability to decide the issue of marriage.

“There are many more amendments we need in part because the Federal Government and the courts have gotten so far away from the original text of our constitution,” said Cruz.

The idea is still a long way away from reality. But like many movements; it starts with leaders trying to convince the people that it’s a good idea. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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