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Cruz in Cicero: 'I will not compromise away religious liberty, Second Amendment'

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz held a rally in the town of Cicero, calling on his supporters to stay united. But Cruz is coming in last in New York state in recent polls.

Ten-year-old Luke Roman convinced his mom to go to the Cruz rally because they are both undecided on who they want to support.

“It’s like the only candidate who hasn’t been all over TV by throwing people down or anything so I thought it would be a good idea to come,” Roman said.

Cruz started by saying the country is in crisis.

“And yet I’m here today with a word of hope and encouragement,” Cruz said. His message is to jump start the economy with fewer regulations.

“We’re going to reign in the EPA,” Cruz said.

And add a flat tax. “We should abolish the IRS,” Cruz said.

He also vowed to repeal Obamacare and stop amnesty for undocumented immigrants.

“That is going to cause small businesses to take off, millions of new high paying jobs, wages rising all over this country,” Cruz said.

With an open Supreme Court seat, he said two branches of government are at stake.

“I will not compromise away your religious liberty and I will not compromise away your Second Amendment right to keep and bare arms,” Cruz said.

He called for using overwhelming force if the homeland is threatened.

"And then get the heck out,” Cruz said.

Cruz has enjoyed recent recent wins in North Dakota, Wisconsin and Colorado.