Ted Cruz Goes To The Movies
On Wednesday night, I went to a movie with Sen. Ted Cruz. The movie was held in West Des Moines, where supporters simply watched a movie with him and his wife. This was a one-of-a-kind experience that I had. Because of the originality, it is definitely one that I will remember.
I had no idea what to expect when I heard about the event. The movie was not supposed to start until 9:30 p.m., so I was unsure who would attend. Personally, when I think of a Cruz supporter, I do not imagine a younger, hip person who wants to attend a late-night movie on a Wednesday night. I assumed the campaign was attempting to attract younger caucusgoers after I received an email saying they were offering free tickets to Drake’s College Republican club. However, I was not convinced it would attract anyone except an older crowd.
I decided watching a movie with a presidential candidate would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so I decided to attend with a few of my friends. We were some of the first people to arrive, which meant I would get to see everyone who walked through the doors. As people started to arrive, my prediction came somewhat true. Although the event did still attract what I would consider his base, it also successfully brought out many young adults who were interested in Cruz.
Upon arrival, Cruz walked around the movie theater and shook hands with nearly everyone in attendance. Cruz gave a five-minute speech on religious liberty, which set the mood. Then the movie War Room played. This movie tied in perfectly with Cruz’s message about religion.
Following the movie, the group I attended with stood up to leave. On our way out we were able to stop and shake Cruz’s hand one last time. It was very noticeable that he had been crying. I found it to be a true testament of how truly passionate he is about his religious beliefs. This shows another unique aspect of being in Iowa during the Caucuses: You get to see the candidates when they are not up on a debate stage fully prepped and almost invincible. It shows how genuine and once again passionate they are about their opinions and feelings on how to move the country forward.
Like I have said before, something like this would only happen in Iowa.
Kentner is a sophomore studying politics and business. He enjoys quality time on his Harley Davidson exploring rural Iowa. Follow him on Twitter.