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Senator Cruz and Rafael
Senator Ted Cruz and his father Rafael.

(Des Moines, IA) Pastor Rafael Cruz will speak at the 2015 Caffeinated Thoughts Briefing on October 31, 2015 in Des Moines.

The Caffeinated Thoughts Briefing is the annual fall public policy and worldview conference for conservative Christians hosted by CaffeinatedThoughts.com in Des Moines, IA.

Rafael Cruz is a powerful example of the American Dream. Born in Cuba, Rafael lived and suffered under a cruel, oppressive dictator. He began fighting Batista’s regime as a teenager and was imprisoned and tortured simply because he wanted to be free.

Rafael arrived in Texas in 1957 on a student visa. He got a job as a dishwasher, making 50 cents an hour, and worked his way through the University of Texas, while learning English. He later built a small business in further pursuit of the American Dream.

In early 1980, Rafael Cruz joined the State Board of the Religious Roundtable, a Judeo-Christian organization that mobilized millions of people of faith during the Presidential Campaign of Ronald Reagan.

He is an ordained minister and the Director of Grace for America, sharing the Word of God in churches and Pastors Conferences throughout the United States.

His son, Ted Cruz, is a constitutional conservative U.S. Senator from Texas and candidate for United States President in 2016.

When Ted was a child growing up in Houston, Rafael would tell him, “When we faced oppression in Cuba, I had a place to flee to. If we lose our freedom here, where do we go?”

That’s why Rev. Cruz is passionate about returning America to the biblical and historical foundations that made this country exceptional.

“I am excited to have Pastor Cruz speak at this year’s briefing.  He is a dynamic speaker and has a compelling story that exemplifies what the American dream is all about,” Shane Vander Hart, founder and editor of CaffeinatedThoughts.com and co-host of Caffeinated Thoughts Radio said.

Rafael Cruz joins other speakers such as Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, former Iowa gubernatorial candidate Lee Hieb, MD, Home School Legal Defense Association founder Michael Farris among others are also scheduled to speak.

Also invited are Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), Former neurosurgeon Ben Carson, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Real estate mogul Donald Trump, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), Congressman David Young (R-IA), and Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA).

The 2015 Caffeinated Thoughts Briefing will be held on Saturday, October 31st from 9:30a to 5:30p at the Ramada Inn & Conference Center in Des Moines, IA (5000 Merle Hay Rd., Des Moines, IA 50322)

This year’s briefing is co-sponsored by American Principles in ActionAmericans for Limited GovernmentMyers & Associates and The Institute on Religion & Democracy.

Registration is open online at http://ctbriefing2015.com.

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