Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz stops in Richmond

Published: Nov. 15, 2015 at 4:07 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 25, 2015 at 4:07 PM EST
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz stopped by Richmond Saturday for a conservative fundraiser with the Family Foundation.

Fresh off the campaign trail in South Carolina, Senator Ted Cruz wasted no time in speaking to our allies from Richmond.

"I want to express solidarity with the people of France. With the people of Paris," said Senator Ted Cruz.

Terrorism is now a topic climbing to the top of the political conversation, with Cruz saying America needs to better arm Kurdish Peshmerga troops fighting ISIS in Iraq.

"They are risking their lives, but they're using out-moded military equipment. ISIS has American military equipment they've captured in Iraq," said Senator Ted Cruz.

Cruz's view, is in direct contrast to Dr. Ben Carson's. Carson visited Midlothian this week, where we asked him to clarify how he wants America to take back ISIS territory, and a key oil field.

NBC12's Mike Valerio asked "Does that mean boots on the ground in your view?"

Dr. Ben Carson, Republican Presidential Candidate replied, "I think it would require boots on the ground yes."

We asked Cruz to respond.

"Listen I'm a big fan of Ben Carson. He's a friend of mine. I do think too many politicians are eager to send in boots on the ground rather than waiting to when it's military necessary," said Senator Cruz.

The Republican senator from Texas suggests greatly increasing the number of airstrikes up to more than a thousand a day. But stops short at sending a ground combat force into enemy territory.

"I do not believe at this time it is required to send in a significant US ground presence. Would you be hesitant to have a third Iraq war in 25 years? I think Americans have always been hesitant to use military power. It's always been the last step we use," said Senator Cruz.

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