Sen. Cruz slams president's remarks on Trayvon Martin case

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CNN and Associated Press

Posted on July 20, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 22 at 11:11 AM

DES MOINES, Iowa — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is slamming President Obama's remarks on the Trayvon Martin case.

The president on Friday called for reconsideration of "stand your ground" self-defense laws in Florida and other states, including Texas.

Obama asked supporters of the law if the right to fight back with a gun would have applied to Martin.

Cruz, who was in Iowa Friday to address the conservative American Renewal Project, accused the president of trying to push for tougher gun control laws.

"It is not surprising that the president uses every opportunity he can to try to go after our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms," the Texas senator said. "I think it is unfortunate that this president and this administration has a consistent disregard for the Bill of Rights."

George Zimmerman was acquitted of charges in Trayvon Martin's shooting death after his lawyers mounted a self-defense argument.

During a feisty lunchtime speech to Iowa state party faithful, Cruz said he wanted to abolish the Internal Revenue Service and de-fund the president's health care overhaul.

"The way we get this done is the American people stand together. Stop talking, start acting," Cruz said.

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