Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz appears in Howell

GOP Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz brought his campaign to Howell tonight where 650 people applauded his conservative Texas principles.  

The senator spoke about unions, said he did not back federal assistance to keep GM and Chrysler alive and spoke about the right to carry guns on school grounds.He also made a remark about Vice President Joe Biden, which he later apologized for, on Twitter.

"Union members are a plus for this country," he said. "It's very interesting, but union members have been left behind.

"(President) Barack Obama, (Senate Democratic Leader) Harry Reid and Hillary Clinton have made the decision that they care more about the money from California environmentalist billionaires then they do about jobs for union members."

On guns in schools, the senator was clear that he is for them. 

"I think gun owners should be able to carry guns and exercise their Second Amendment right," Cruz said. "And be able to carry guns and be able to exercise their Second Amendment rights."

FOX 2: "Educators say that kids are afraid of guns in schools."

"When you create gun-free school zones, we've seen that pattern, that's where criminals end up targeting," he said.

Cruz also believes there were other ways to save GM and Chrysler, other than a federal bailout.

"I don't think the federal government should be engaged in bailouts," he said. "Those industries would have serviced and would have thrived."

Cruz also made news for a joke about Biden, saying, according to reports, "You don't need a punchline" after mentioning his name.

Biden's son Beau died four days ago of brain cancer.

Cruz later apologized in a Twitter post, saying "It was a mistake to use an old joke about Vice President Joe Biden during his time of grief and I sincerely apologize."

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