Cruz embraces his religious side

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Long known as a fiscal conservative, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is embracing his religious side for Christian home schooling advocates in Iowa.

The Texas Republican told a crowd of more than 500 homeschoolers in Des Moines on Tuesday that “there is no liberty more important than religious liberty.” And Cruz decried what he called the federal government’s attempts to impede it.

He said the Obama administration has been more openly hostile to religious freedom than any other in American history.

Cruz is frequently mentioned as a possible 2016 presidential candidate. His fourth visit to Iowa since last summer has fueled that speculation. Cruz addressed the Iowa Republican Party’s annual Ronald Reagan dinner in October, and met with Christian conservatives and evangelical leaders during two visits last summer.