Hundreds of tea party activists hear Carr, Ted Cruz dad at Nashville rally

The father of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz didn’t explicitly endorse Joe Carr for the U.S. Senate at a tea party rally that brought hundreds of activists to Nashville on Saturday, reports Andy Sher. But the two were “clearly on the same page.”

Carr, a state representative from Lascassas who’s hoping to knock off Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., in the Aug. 7 primary, denounced Democratic President Barack Obama as a “tyrant.”

In his own speech, Pastor Rafael Cruz, who fled Cuba decades ago, likened Obama to former Cuban Communist dictator Fidel Castro. Cruz’s son, Texas’ junior senator, is beloved by many conservatives.

And both men praised the writers of the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution as divinely inspired.

So it went at the “We the People Rally” sponsored by the Nashville Tea Party that drew activists from across the state.

…Carr lashed out at Alexander for voting last year to cut off Sen. Cruz’ filibuster aimed at defunding what Republicans call Obamacare.

“Lamar Alexander voted for cloture [ending debate], Pastor Cruz, to stand in the way of your son to defund Obamacare,” Carr charged.

Rafael Cruz also attacked Obamacare, calling it “a law nobody wanted,” even though a number of powerful interest groups including labor and some businesses backed it.

“What about ‘we the people?'” Cruz asked. “That’s what that 22-hour filibuster by my son was about. It was about ‘we the people.'”

He didn’t mention Alexander, and Nashville Tea Party President Ben Cunningham later said Cruz wasn’t there to make an endorsement.

“That’s not his role,” Cunningham said. “His role, as he defines it, is to motivate people to get involved. And that’s what he does.”

But activist Bill Dockery, who attended, said he got the message that Cruz was making an implicit endorsement of Carr.

“He was,” Dockery said. “We knew that.”