BOONE, Iowa- Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz kicked off a week of campaigning across Iowa. Cruz began a 30-stop campaign week at King's Christian Bookstore in Boone.
The small store was packed with Cruz supporters and media.
"I am thrilled to be back here in Iowa, and thrilled to be here in Boone. I’m thrilled to be here at this Christian Bookstore," said Cruz. "I was looking up and seeing Joshua 24:15 on the wall, Choose this say who you will serve, as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. And what a powerful reminder of values that Washington DC seems to have forgotten."
Cruz noted that while many people had been attacking Donald Trump, now he is the center of the attacks.
"They’re welcome to throw their attacks, I’m gonna keep my focus on our positive optimistic vision for this country, we can turn this country around," said Cruz.
Cruz told the audience it was time to "take our country back." He compared what's happening now to back in the late 1970s when America was being mocked by Russia and countries in the middle east.
Iowa Congressman Steve King was along with Cruz.
Randy and Jill King, owners of the bookstore, said they were contacted about hosting a Cruz event but did not see anyone from the campaign in advance. Randy said he knew it was true, as when he arrived at the store Monday morning and saw FOX News setting up in front of the store.
“We actually weren’t real sure if this was true or not, and we were kind of leery," said Randy King, owner of the store. "Once we found it on his web page, Cruz’s web page that he was going to be at our store, then it hit us, that this is real, this is going to happen.”
Other Cruz stops Monday include: Carroll, Guthrie Center, Winterset and Missouri Valley on Monday with his last stop at 10:45 p.m.