Cruz: Democrats, big business teaming up to stifle religious freedom
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzRussian news agency pushed video of Portland protestors burning a Bible: report After trillions in tax cuts for the rich, Republicans refuse to help struggling Americans Davis: The Hall of Shame for GOP senators who remain silent on Donald Trump MORE (R-Texas) said Saturday that the culture wars show off the cozy relationship between Democrats and corporate America.

Speaking in South Carolina, Cruz bemoaned the “perfect storm of the Democratic Party and big business coming together,” according to Bloomberg.

The Texas Republican was specifically referencing the recent fight over Indiana’s law on religious freedom. But Cruz noted that there’d been similar spats in Houston and elsewhere in the U.S., and insisted conservatives needed to gear up for the battle to defeat gay marriage.

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"Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you,” Cruz said.

Cruz, who announced a 2016 run for the White House in April, has embraced a populist message as he tries to battle the GOP’s reputation as the party of big business.

Cruz has pushed a flat tax and to abolish the IRS, which he said would hurt lobbyists and corporations who prosper off of big government.