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Cruz: Obama's Leadership On Race Relations 'Disappointing'

Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said that President Obama's leadership in regards to race relations was "disappointing" and has only "inflamed racial tensions."

Cruz said, “He’s made decisions that I think have inflamed racial tensions, that have divided us, rather than bringing us together."

Cruz also talked about Obama's 2009 comments about Henry Louis Gates a professor at Harvard. Gates was arrested outside his home when a police officer thought he was trying to break into it. Cruz said of the comments, “He has exacerbated racial misunderstanding, racial tensions. From back at the beer summit to a series of efforts to pit Americans against each other. And part of the problem is the way he advocates for any given plan is to build a straw man and then vilify a caricature.”

Obama's views on race relations were once again highlighted this week after rioting in Baltimore came as the result of the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who died in police custody.

On Tuesday, Obama called it a "slow-rolling" national crisis in minority communities. Cruz made his statements at a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce event in Washington.

Cruz told the attendees that Obama and other Democrats prefer to scare Hispanics into voting rather than solve the nation's immigration problems. He went on to say, “I think they are treating immigration as a political cudgel, where they want to use it to scare the Hispanic community. Their objective is to have the Hispanic community vote monolithically Democrat as, unfortunately, they have succeeded in scaring the African-American community to do.”

Chamber President Javier Palomarez said that the conversation with Cruz was intended to “set the record straight” on Cruz's views regarding Hispanic issues. Palomarez asked Cruz about his Spanish-language announcement video, which did not mention his opposition to Obama's healthcare law and immigration executive actions, where the English version did. Palomarez cited criticism from Time magazine and others; Cruz responded “That’s what the media is going to do, they are not neutral observers. The media are Barack Obama’s chief protectors right now and no one is more ‘Ready for Hillary’ than the mainstream media. My messaging is going to be consistent throughout…my views are not hard to figure out, whether you like them or not.”

Cruz was also asked about the Hispanic community's lack of support for GOP candidates. Cruz said, “If you look at the values that resonate in our community, they are faith family, patriotism, hard work. If you want someone to work their fingers to their bone, hard work, you'll have Hispanic men and women lining up to work hard to provide for their families. Those are all conservative values." Cruz then discussed income inequality by saying “I’m always happy whenever President Obama or Hillary Clinton talks about income inequality because it has increased dramatically under their policies. When you hammer small businesses and people can't get jobs, the people that are hurt the most are the people at the [bottom].”

Cruz said the main reason Romney performed poorly with Hispanics is due to his statement that 47 percent of the electorate relies on government and will never support Republicans. Of Romney's comments Cruz said “I can not think of a statement in all of politics I disagree with more strongly. Republicans should be the party of the 47 percent.”

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