Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz stopped in Keene to visit Lindy’s Diner on Monday, January 18.

Dozens of citizens from the southwest area of the state were packed inside the diner.

Many could not even get seats, causing the large crowd of people to overflow out of the doors and into the street.

During the visit, Cruz gave a short speech to those inside the diner about what he would accomplish if he were to be elected President of the United States.

Cruz stated that he would defend the constitution; especially first and second amendment rights, uphold Christian values, secure the border, throw out the Iran deal, repeal all presidential executive orders, repeal Obama Care and establish a healthcare plan that does not take over a substantial segment of our economy which will ultimately be more affordable.

Cruz stuck around after his speech to talk to voters, answer questions and snap pictures with supporters.

Ted Cruz is currently representing the state of Texas in the United States Senate.

Evan Vucci /aP pHOTO

Evan Vucci /aP pHOTO

He was educated at Princeton University and then Harvard Law School.

Cruz was also an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law.

Cruz served as Solicitor General of Texas from 2003 to 2008 and, after he won the November 2012 general election, Cruz became the first Hispanic American to serve as a United States senator of Texas.

He is also famous for his attempt to filibuster Obama Care by making lengthy speeches and subsequently reading Green Eggs and Ham on the senate floor.

He has been married to his wife Heidi since 2001 and they have two young daughters together.

This particular stop that Cruz made in Keene is a crucial opportunity for presidential candidates that also carries a bit of superstition.

The owners of Lindy’s Diner have always encouraged presidential candidates to visit and campaign in their establishment, where they can meet and talk to New Hampshire voters face to face.

There is a rumor that if a candidate does not stop at Lindy’s Diner in Keene, they will not win the New Hampshire Primary, and there seems to be some substantial truth behind the statement.

An excerpt from the diner’s website states, “In 2008, Hillary Clinton did not visit the diner, I think the rumor holds true!

“Many presidents have been to the diner including George Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.” Lindy’s Diner is  recognized as a staple in the New Hampshire campaign trail.

Cruz is one of the handful of Republican candidates who have visited Lindy’s Diner campaigning for the 2016 election, including John Kasich and Chris Christie.

With the New Hampshire Primary less than a month away, Keene citizens can be sure to see a few more campaign stops in the area.

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