What's Behind Ted Cruz's Southern Campaign Swing

Many candidates flock to Iowa and New Hampshire, but Cruz stopped south first.

“We're running a national campaign," said Cruz from his campaign bus. "You know, there are some folks in this race. They're all in in one state and hoping to get lucky. We are putting together a national grassroots campaign."

On Sunday, the Cruz campaign bus, emblazoned with the slogan, “This bus makes right turns only,” pulled into Pelham, Alabama where Cruz along with his wife Heidi and their two young daughters greeted nearly 800 people.

“In my view, the SEC primary on Super Tuesday is going to play a huge role in insuring that the next Republican nominee for president is a true and a strong conservative which I believe is the way we win in November 2016,” Cruz said.

“The crowds we're seeing. The energy. It's electric,” Cruz said.

Becky Todzia from Rainbow City, Ala., drove over an hour to see the senator.

“I’ve been following Ted for a long time,” she said. “We don’t get many presidential candidates that spend their time down here so he cared enough to come and he’s the first one to come.”