Ted Cruz: San Bernardino shows we’re ‘at time of war’

By Tal Kopan, CNN

Washington (CNN)Sen. Ted Cruz said Thursday that the deadly mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, shows that the country is “at war.”

The Texas Republican was addressing the Republican Jewish Coalition’s presidential forum in Washington where all the GOP presidential candidates will be speaking on Thursday.

He began his speech, the first of the day, with a moment of silence for the victims of the shooting.

He said while the details of the shooting were still “unclear,” it raised concerns of a terrorist attack.

“Our prayers are with the families of those who were murdered and those who were shot,” Cruz said. “And all of us are deeply concerned that this is yet another manifestation of terrorism, radical Islamic terrorism here at home.”

Law enforcement has not found any evidence of a motive yet in the attack. The alleged shooter, Syed Rizwan Farook, was an employee of the county health department whose holiday party he ended up attacking with his wife, Tashfeen Malik. Farook reportedly left the party angrily, perhaps after a testy exchange, and returned with Malik, then opened fire.

Farook was Muslim.

Cruz did not directly say the attack was terrorism, but implied there is a connection between the shooting and the war on terror in the wake of the Paris attacks last month.

“This horrific murder underscores that we are in a time of war,” Cruz said. “Whether or not the current administration realizes it or is willing to acknowledge it, our enemies are at war with us. And I believe our nation needs a wartime president to defend it.”

The shooting killed 14 people and injured 17 others. Farook and Malik were killed in a shootout with police.