Ted Cruz offers a voter incentive: A custom shotgun
Some presidential campaigns raffle off lunch with the candidate, or maybe an autographed book. Others have a more gutsy outreach. Republican hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz is offering a custom shotgun as a premium for one lucky fan — an interesting choice now that President Obama has proclaimed gun control as one of the pillars of his agenda before he leaves office.
Mr. Cruz’s prize is an American-made Remington 11-87 12-gauge shotgun engraved with his own flamelike logo — no contributions to the campaign are involved. It all makes sense, though.
“Cruz has been a strong advocate for Second Amendment rights as a U.S. Senator, and he will continue to defend our gun rights from the Oval Office,” says Tim Macy, chairman of Gun Owners of America, which has endorsed the White House hopeful, an avid hunter who includes a dozen camouflage items in his campaign shop.
Mr. Cruz embarks Monday on a “Cruzin’ to Caucus” tour of Iowa that includes stops at sport shops, church halls, country stores and eateries. It was not so long ago that he bagged two birds during a pheasant shoot on a gaming preserve in the Hawkeye State hosted by Rep. Steve King, a GOP stalwart who also endorsed Mr. Cruz.