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Cruz Garnering Excitement Across Republican Factions
The Iowa Republican ^ | August 12, 2013 | Kevin Hall

Posted on 08/13/2013 11:52:43 PM PDT by iowamark

The Republican Party is desperately in need of a leader who can bring the party together and excite the base. Early signs indicate that Texas Senator Ted Cruz might be that man.

There was a palpable excitement inside Stephens Auditorium in Ames before Cruz hit the stage.

“That was the first political speech to get me excited in a very long time,” said Dane Nealson, the chair of the Story County GOP who worked on the presidential campaigns for Tim Pawlenty and Rick Perry. “He’s the best shot I’ve seen so far to unite the factions.”

The Family Leader CEO Bob Vander Plaats, who endorsed Rick Santorum in the 2012 Iowa Caucus, gave a decidedly more enthusiastic introduction for Senator Cruz than he did for Santorum.

“Cruz is a phenomenon that I haven’t seen the like of in a long time, probably ever,” Vander Plaats told TheIowaRepublican.com.

The Texas senator did not disappoint. He scored quickly with a joke about the origin of the word “politics”, noting that “poli” means many, and “tics” means blood sucking parasites. From there, the first term senator from Texas served enough conservative red meat to feed the 1,000 Iowa conservatives in attendance, and leave them asking for seconds.

Much of Ted Cruz’ allure is his willingness to stand up for conservative principles. He is leading a charge in the U.S. senate to defund Obamacare. When he mentioned that during his speech, Cruz received an extended standing ovation. The same thing happened when he said we should abolish the IRS. These are not new lines that are exclusive to Ted Cruz. The difference is, when he says them, you actually believe he will fight for those stances.

Audiences also admire a speaker who can deliver off-the-cuff remarks, something Cruz excels at.

“Vice-president Joe Biden,” Cruz said, pausing as the audience chuckled. “You know, the nice thing is, you don’t even need a punchline,” he added as the chuckles grew to roaring laughter.

Smartly name-dropping and praising popular Iowa officials like Steve King and Chuck Grassley, and collecting data from attendees by having them sign-up to receive texts, Cruz is smartly laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 campaign.

Popular with libertarians, social conservatives and making waves with mainstream Republicans, Ted Cruz is exciting Iowa Caucus goers in ways that few candidates ever have. Although he’s a first-term U.S. senator, Cruz’ accomplishments as solicitor general of Texas adds some hefty and impressive experience to his resume.

During his introduction for Cruz, Bob Vander Plaats reeled off a line of impressive cases and conservative causes Ted Cruz fought for as solicitor general, including keeping the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Following his speech, Cruz spent extensive time chatting with attendees, posing for pictures and answering questions from the media. The hottest rising star in politics remains extremely approachable and that will endear him to presidential voters.

Cruz followed up a very impressive appearance at a pastors’ conference in Ames last month we a home run speech at the Family Leadership Summit. He is hitting all the right notes and taking the steps necessary to build a strong presidential campaign.

We are two and a half years away from the 2016 Iowa Caucuses, but we already have a frontrunner in the race. His name is Ted Cruz.


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida; US: Iowa; US: Kentucky; US: New Jersey; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: florida; kentucky; marcorubio; newjersey; tedcruz; texas
Video: Ted Cruz at Family Leadership Summit
1 posted on 08/13/2013 11:52:44 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark

Well, that’s because we’re so racist. We could be even more racist if Allen West starts a move.


2 posted on 08/14/2013 12:14:59 AM PDT by MestaMachine (My caps work, You gotta earn them.)
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To: iowamark

My wife and I are buying Cruz 2016 bumper stickers for our vehicles this week. Bob


3 posted on 08/14/2013 12:24:37 AM PDT by alstewartfan ("The atmosphere's too cold in here to attract a butterfly like that." Al Stewart)
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To: alstewartfan

Oh, don’t do that - the purists on this site will eat your lunch. According to them - Cruz isn’t qualified to be president because he isn’t a “natural born citizen.”

I’m kidding of course, however, I’m not kidding about the purists on this site who eat everyone’s lunch.


4 posted on 08/14/2013 12:31:19 AM PDT by Catsrus
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To: iowamark

Not a Fox

Tonight Butthammer gushed over all but Cruz ....nary a peep

They foist another moderate and they’ll lose yet again


5 posted on 08/14/2013 12:33:23 AM PDT by wardaddy (the next Dark Ages are coming as Western Civilization crumbles with nary a whimper)
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To: Catsrus

That’s OK. I can afford to buy all the purist’s lunches, as I am now basking in yet another Obama “summer of recovery”. Bob


6 posted on 08/14/2013 12:50:40 AM PDT by alstewartfan ("The atmosphere's too cold in here to attract a butterfly like that." Al Stewart)
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To: MestaMachine

Why can’t we find ONE CONSERVATIVE that was BORN IN THE U.S.A.???? Hmmm? Just one.


7 posted on 08/14/2013 1:30:59 AM PDT by Shimmer1 (Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. – Socrates)
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To: Catsrus

I’m not going to eat anyone’s lunch, but I do disclaim the “purist” title and claim the “Constitutionalist” title. It’s not being a purist to follow the Constitution.


8 posted on 08/14/2013 1:32:14 AM PDT by Shimmer1 (Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. – Socrates)
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To: alstewartfan

LOL. You’re safe with me. I’ve got my own lunch!


9 posted on 08/14/2013 1:33:00 AM PDT by Shimmer1 (Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. – Socrates)
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To: alstewartfan

My wife and I are buying Cruz 2016 bumper stickers for our vehicles this week. Bob

In other words, you think that you are just as much above the rule of law as the Democrats and RINOs who disregard it and/or hold it in contempt. Since you are so eager to forfeit the right of more than two hundred milloin natural born citizens to be represented by one of their own, you will understand how they may wish to see you forfeit your right to vote or hold a public office of trust or profit where you could abuse your authority and take away their natural born rights.


10 posted on 08/14/2013 2:10:14 AM PDT by WhiskeyX ( provides a system for registering complaints about unfair broadcasters and the ability to request a)
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To: iowamark
Electing as many conservatives as we can to national office is necessary, but not sufficient to turn this post-constitutional republic around.


11 posted on 08/14/2013 2:28:55 AM PDT by Jacquerie (To restore the 10th Amendment, repeal the 17th.)
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To: alstewartfan

Cruz would have my vote today if he ran. Unless someone unexpected steps up, I see no one else with the credibility, skills and principles to lead this party.

This citizenship discussion is a joke. Unless someone can point to a document showing Cruz’s naturalization at a later point in life, he is a natural born American citizen. Born to an American mother and American from the moment he was born.


12 posted on 08/14/2013 2:52:01 AM PDT by ilgipper (Obama is proving that very bad ideas can be wrapped up in pretty words)
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To: ilgipper

The real joke is your intentional ignorance amd dishonesty. You have not the least clue of what the term, “natural born”, means.

The father of Ted Cruz was a citizen of Cuba, and Ted Cruz was born in Canada with Canadian citizenship. No person can be born with natural born U.S. citizenship and bebe born at the same time with foreign citizenship as well. Such a situation is the exact opposite of natural born citizenship.


13 posted on 08/14/2013 3:14:51 AM PDT by WhiskeyX ( provides a system for registering complaints about unfair broadcasters and the ability to request a)
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To: iowamark

He has fired me up since I first heard him speak!


14 posted on 08/14/2013 4:16:54 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: wardaddy

fox is liberal... kraut is a democrat... born and raised... worked for mondale and carter... attacked Reagan... it is nothing more than WWE wrestling for politics.


15 posted on 08/14/2013 4:18:28 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: LibLieSlayer

You are right on all accounts .
Fox leftist news staff donated overwhelming to Obama and Dems in the last decade !
That phony Kraut is a Clinton Dem who worked for Mondale and his 1984 campaign !
He is a con artist who sometimes pretends to be conservative because all of DC is hard left so the vacancies for pundits is on the right .

Go Cruz.
The while citizen scan is the concerned troll AstroTurf !


16 posted on 08/14/2013 4:34:19 AM PDT by ncalburt ( Amnesty media out in full force)
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To: Shimmer1
Why can’t we find ONE CONSERVATIVE that was BORN IN THE U.S.A.???? Hmmm? Just one.

How about Johnny Maverick McCain? Oops, I guess not.

17 posted on 08/14/2013 4:35:09 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

Oh you JOKER!!!


18 posted on 08/14/2013 5:31:15 AM PDT by Shimmer1 (Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. – Socrates)
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To: Shimmer1

No, it isn’t being purist to follow the Constitution, however, the term “natural born citizen” is debatable. I seriously doubt that Ted Cruz is a threat to America, unlike the usurper now occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.


19 posted on 08/14/2013 5:42:10 AM PDT by Catsrus
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To: WhiskeyX

Do tell, Mr. Know-it-all!


20 posted on 08/14/2013 5:45:01 AM PDT by Catsrus
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To: Catsrus

The meaning of “natural born citizen” is very simple to understand and is not at all debatable. You know a child is natural born citizen by the inherent Nature of a child being born in the same jurisdiction and sovereignty of the state in which the parents are citizen members of that society, and the child therefore has no other sovereign state which can claim the child’s loyalty or allegiancem and the child cannot claim citizenship from the foreign state. An example is a child whose parents are citizens of the nation in which the child is born upon its sovereign jurisdiction. Such a citizenship is said to be “natural born citizenship” because no act of man is required to make the child of citizen as a result of naturaloly inheriting inheriting no other citizenship but the one in which the child is born with both parents having no foreign citizenship.

Conversely, you can always know a citizenship is not a “natural born citizenship” by virtue of the fact an act of man in the form of a law is required to determine which of more than one citizenship the child will adopt and/or which of the sovereigns can lawfully claim the loyalty and allegiance of the child at birth due to the child’s place of birth and/or citizenship of the parents.

Senator Ted Cruz cannot be a natural born citizen, because his citizenship was determined by a statutory law and his selection and rejection of competing claims upon his loyalty and allegiance at birth by more than one sovereign. Ted Cruz adopted the citizenship of his mother, and he rejected the citizenship of his place of birth and the citizenship of his father. His citizenship was setermined by “datus” and not by the “natus” of a “natural born citizenship”.


21 posted on 08/14/2013 7:19:56 AM PDT by WhiskeyX ( provides a system for registering complaints about unfair broadcasters and the ability to request a)
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To: ncalburt

Absolutely.

LLS


22 posted on 08/14/2013 7:32:25 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: MestaMachine

Cruz is already scaring the GOP elite so badly that they have sent Ann Coulter out to say he’s not eligible. AFter their silence on Hussein for over 4 years its so disingenuous I am laughing.

IMO Chris Matthews ( I despise the ground he walks on) is correct in his theory that in 2016 the GOP is going to take a hard right turn and nominate Rand Paul for President. I would also include Ted Cruz in that theory. One or the other is going to get it and its OK by me. Time to shake things up.


23 posted on 08/14/2013 8:17:25 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

For awhile there, I was calling annie krispie coulter so anything she says, really since she attacked Sarah Palin, means nothing to me, (not that it ever meant much anyway.)
Cruz is a constitutional scholar and I seriously doubt the man would run if he wasn’t eligible, so for now, I’m of the belief that he is good to go.
If Sarah doesn’t run, and it looks like she won’t, I could see Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Trey Gowdy, Allen West. I just hope they don’t bruise each other because I DO NOT WANT a jeb, a christie, or ANY other rino stealing the nomination like romney did or we are doomed.


24 posted on 08/14/2013 8:49:19 AM PDT by MestaMachine (My caps work, You gotta earn them.)
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To: Catsrus

I don’t think he’s a threat to the U.S. at all, unlike that dangerous idiot in the White House.


25 posted on 08/14/2013 10:53:39 AM PDT by Shimmer1 (Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. – Socrates)
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To: MestaMachine

I’ve heard Allen West on several interviews and he said he will be back in 2016. Whether he is going to run for president or a U.S. Senate seat - he didn’t clarify. Either is good for me. If he runs for President, then I’ll have the privilege of voting for him.


26 posted on 08/14/2013 5:05:28 PM PDT by Catsrus
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To: WhiskeyX

Apparently, it is debatable, and I suggest you just stay home and not vote should he decide to run. Your one vote won’t make that much difference. We can ill afford another squishy RINO as our nominee.

I suggest you do a more in depth study of “natural born citizen.” All I know is I want the Demoncrat ilk out of our house. However, should the nominee be Jeb Bush or Christie, then I’ll be the one sitting home.


27 posted on 08/14/2013 5:08:35 PM PDT by Catsrus
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To: Catsrus

“Apparently, it is debatable,”

The meaning of “natural born citizen” is not rellay debatable, because its meaning is exactly what the words say. For millenia mankind has observed the obvious fact that a child who is born in the same jurisdiction in which the child’s naural paents are citizens must naturally without a statute of law inherit no other citizenship bu that of his parents and birthplace. By contrast, a child who is born beyond the jurisdiction in which the child’s natural parents are citizens must be made a citizen by a manmade, artificial, and unnatural act of a statute of law. While the child may be made a citizen at birth by a manmade statute of law, doing so is an unnatural act of man and not a natural state of being requiring no manmade law to exist.In other words, the facts of the birth result in a natural born citizen or an unnatural born citizen.

“and I suggest you just stay home and not vote should he decide to run. Your one vote won’t make that much difference.”

The Democrats already denied me the right to vote and substituted illegal aliens in my place in a vote fraud scam at the polls. Since the California law enforcement authorities refused to take a complaint and threatened me with arrest for attempting to report the crimes, we moved our home, business, employment, and tax payments to another state. Along with the many other people and businesses leaving California, they have noticed the difference. Even after leaving California, the state continued to try and levy income taxes on revenue not earned in California in any way, shape, or form. Our votes are now being contributed to amother jurisdiction.

“We can ill afford another squishy RINO as our nominee.”

You say that whiole turning your back against the tens of millions of true natural born U.S. Citizens in favor of the Canadian born and citizen son of a Cuban citizen andrevolutionary who supported Fidel Castro before he opposed Fidel Castro. Of course, the Communist enemies of Rafael and Ted Cruz claim Rafael Cruz was an informer and spy for the ruthless Cuban regime Fidel Castro overthrew. So, entangling the U.S. in such espionage and political intrigues is much more affordable to you than allowing a true natural born citizen to run for election.

“I suggest you do a more in depth study of ‘natural born citizen.’”

Your suggestion is tantamount to suggesting A. J. Foyt needs lessons on how to use a manual transmission. You have demonstrated zero understanding and zero interest in understanding the origins of the terminology, yet you want to suggest everyone is more ignorant than your obvious ignorance. Try quoting the legal definitions of such terms as “natural”, “natural person”, and ‘natural law” before you accuse other people of being more ignorant than yourself.

“All I know is I want the Demoncrat ilk out of our house. However, should the nominee be Jeb Bush or Christie, then I’ll be the one sitting home”

You cannot fix the problem by compromising your integrity by adopting the attitude that the ends justify the means. That is what the Democrats, socialists, and communists do. Setting a bad example is no way to provide leadership to others. A proper standard of leadership is to make no compromise on the rule of law, recognize the literal meaning of “natural born citizen” eligibility in the Constitution, insist upon no candidate other than a true naural born citizen, and insist other people do so as well.

There is no reason and no excuse why the Office of the President should be held by any person other than a person whose parents were U.S. Citizens at the birth of the child, the child was born in U.S. Jurisdiction and without any foreign citizenship, and the person never having a foreign citizenship or passport within their lives. We have tens of millions of U.”S. Citizens who comply with those qualifications. If a political party cannot or will not meet those minimum standards, that political party has no business being in existence in this Republic. This goes for the Democrats and the Rublicans. The Republicans have no business whatsoever offering marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, Michelle bachman, Ted Cruz, or others as such candidates. If the Republican Party persists in compromising its integrity with the false denial of the natural born citizen clause of the Constitution, it too can be replaced, no matter how much or how little time it may take to do so.


28 posted on 08/17/2013 6:21:24 PM PDT by WhiskeyX ( provides a system for registering complaints about unfair broadcasters and the ability to request a)
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To: WhiskeyX; LucyT; little jeremiah; butterdezillion; Red Steel
There is no reason and no excuse why the Office of the President should be held by any person other than a person whose parents were U.S. Citizens at the birth of the child, the child was born in U.S. Jurisdiction and without any foreign citizenship, and the person never having a foreign citizenship or passport within their lives. We have tens of millions of U.”S. Citizens who comply with those qualifications. If a political party cannot or will not meet those minimum standards, that political party has no business being in existence in this Republic. This goes for the Democrats and the Rublicans. The Republicans have no business whatsoever offering marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, Michelle bachman, Ted Cruz, or others as such candidates. If the Republican Party persists in compromising its integrity with the false denial of the natural born citizen clause of the Constitution, it too can be replaced, no matter how much or how little time it may take to do so.

Amen.

29 posted on 08/17/2013 6:39:39 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: thecodont

Michelle Bachmann?


30 posted on 08/17/2013 6:52:41 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves Month")
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Perhaps there is a “dual nationality” problem via her marriage.

From Wikipedia:

“In May 2012, it was reported that Marcus Bachmann had registered for Swiss citizenship and after it was finalized, Michele Bachmann automatically became a citizen as well.[32] The Bachmanns and their three youngest children were granted citizenship on March 19, 2012. They had been eligible for this under Swiss nationality law because Marcus Bachmann’s parents were Swiss.[32]”


31 posted on 08/17/2013 6:59:57 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: thecodont

Hmmmmmm...

Well, ya loins somethin’ every day.


32 posted on 08/17/2013 7:04:07 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves Month")
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To: WhiskeyX

Sounds like you are a one issue voter. Good luck with that. And save your essays for someone else. Yes, it is debatable.


33 posted on 08/17/2013 8:11:24 PM PDT by Catsrus
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To: Catsrus

“Sounds like you are a one issue voter. Good luck with that.”

Honesty and integrity is not “one issur” for a voter to consider, but they are an indispensible quality in every candidate and every candidate’s issues that may come before a voter for consideration.

“And save your essays for someone else.”

We are in a public forum for all to read the responses to your misinformation and championing of using the end results to justify corrupt means.

“Yes, it is debatable.”

Bill Clinton also argued that the meaning of oral sex was debatable, and hew was disbarred for such perjury. The meaning of natural born citizen is debatable only among those people who likewise try to reverse the inherent meaning of a word to deceive. Even the State Department recognizes there is a difference between a native born citizen and a natural born citizen when they discuss the terms in their regulations.


34 posted on 08/18/2013 2:50:40 AM PDT by WhiskeyX ( provides a system for registering complaints about unfair broadcasters and the ability to request a)
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