(CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER) INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a rising star in national politics, presented himself here Thursday as a fresh face for Republicans “demoralized” after last year’s elections.

His victory aside, the Texas conservative stressed in his keynote address at the Cuyahoga County GOP’s annual Lincoln Day dinner that the party must better articulate its ideals.

“You want to know what happened last election cycle? We didn’t win the argument for the American people,” Cruz said while pacing easily on stage in a hotel ballroom. “The Democrats’ story is the Republicans are the party of the rich, the Democrats are the party of everybody else. And if that’s the narrative people believe, we’ll never win another national election.”


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