COLUMBIA, Tenn., October 8, 2015– On Thursday, Tennessee House of Representatives Majority Floor Leader State Representative Sheila Butt (R-Columbia) announced her endorsement and support of United States Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential bid for 2016, as well as, her intentions to work directly with the campaign to ensure a victory in Tennessee and run as a delegate to support Cruz at the national Republican Party nominating convention.
“It’s time to stand for our country and foundational principles. Including the rule of law. It’s time for Washington to listen to those who elected them. Plain and simple. Senator Cruz has a consistent record of fighting for the principles on which our country was created,” said Butt. “After meeting with Senator Cruz and his team, I am convinced he will fight until the end to restore the Tenth Amendment, tackle our national debt, provide unwavering support to Israel and our allies, and restore the balance of power in Washington.”
Butt says she is concerned with the direction of the country and that opposing forces are at work.
“Our country is at a tipping point,” said Butt. “Two extremely polarized forces want to take our country in very different directions. Our nominee will have to work tirelessly to build coalitions across all demographics to be competitive in the 2016 general election. I have faith that Senator Cruz can deliver a conservative message and vision, while simultaneously working to build a stronger, larger, more competitive party.”
As part of ‘Super Tuesday’, Tennessee will hold it’s Republican Party presidential primary on March 1, 2016. Of the 12 states that hold their primary or caucus on Super Tuesday, the Volunteer state is the third largest delegate haul with a total of 58 available delegates. To become the Republican 1,191 of the 2,380 available delegates are needed.