The presidential campaign variation of a space race began early in recent months, as reporters and activists rush to uncover as much as possible on what could be one of Sen. Ted Cruz's biggest liabilities as a candidate in 2016: his dad. Rafael Cruz, a pastor, has previously been active on the trail in support of his son's political ambitions. And he's not been quiet about his thoughts on the current president lately. Those thoughts are, well, we'll put it this way: compared to his dad, Ted Cruz appears downright moderate.
Mother Jones kicked off the latest round of Cruz the Elder watching last week, uncovering a video (since set to private on Youtube) of Rafael speaking at a Tea Party rally in 2012. In the video, Cruz repeats a familiar assertion that the U.S. is a "Christian nation." But he goes further: "The United States of America was formed to honor the word of God," Cruz believes. Speaking of the president, Cruz says that Obama "seeks to destroy all concept of God," and says that the president "should go back to Kenya."
Rafael Cruz a Cuban-born pastor currently based in North Texas at Purifying Fire Ministries. His take on the current president also involves repeated comparisons between Fidel Castro and Barack Obama, as seen in this clip of Cruz from Freedomworks' Free The People rally: