Cruz schedules TN campaign stop Aug. 10

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has scheduled a presidential campaign to the Madison County Republican Party on Aug. 10, reports The Jackson Sun.

Madison County Republican Party Chairman Mike Peery said the event will include a question-and-answer period as well as a dinner speech.

Cruz will visit Jackson on the last leg of a bus tour through Tennessee, and will stop in Jackson for a rally and dinner at the Fairgrounds Park in the Family Center Building at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $25 apiece and can be purchased on the party’s website or at Deaton’s Carpet One the week of Aug. 3-7. Patriot Tables, eight-seated tables close to the stage, will be on sale for $500. Sandwiches will be served at the rally and are included in the ticket price.

“We made it cheap for the masses, and if someone wants to sit close, they can pay to do that,” Peery said.

…Cruz, a senator from Texas, was the first Republican to announce his candidacy for president when he gave a speech on March 23 at Liberty University in Virginia. Cruz is now one of at least 16 Republican candidates who have officially announced intentions to run for the White House in 2016.

Jackson has not had a visit by a presidential candidate of a major party since Republican Herman Cain visited in 2011. Al Gore campaigned in Jackson when he ran against George W. Bush in 2000.

…Cruz will be visiting the region several times in the coming weeks. Including stops in Jackson, he will be in Columbus, Georgia, Aug. 8; Van Buren, Arkansas, Aug. 12; and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Aug. 25.