Ted Cruz told a crowd of New Hampshire voters that he believes donors should be able to contribute large amounts of money to campaigns just as voters are able to put signs on their lawns supporting candidates.
The Texas senator said that both were forms of political speech, adding that "money absolutely can be speech," The Guardian reports.
"I believe in free speech and the First Amendment, which means everyone here has a right to speak out in politics as effectively as possible," he told a voter who asked him about the role of super-rich campaign donors. "To speak out and make your views known, whether that is standing on a street corner on a soap box, whether that is printing out a yard sign, whether that is spending money to run a radio ad or a TV ad, effectively communicating."
Cruz cited the $35 million in TV ad spending money used against him in his first Senate race, saying that his opponents had a right to run the ads, according to the Washington Post.
On the question of whether or not Cruz would be running for President in 2016, the senator said he was still considering it.
"I am looking at it very seriously," he said. "Stay tuned."
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