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Ted Cruz enjoys clear edge among tea party activists at Americans for Prosperity summit
Washington Post ^ | August 31 | Matea Gold

Posted on 09/01/2013 9:50:49 AM PDT by SoConPubbie

ORLANDO — There was no question who was the favorite among the crop of possible 2016 Republican White House candidates who wooed conservative activists at a two-day conference here this weekend.

Loud chants of “Run, Ted, run!” filled a hotel ballroom packed with more than 1,500 people Saturday after Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) finished excoriating President Obama’s administration and challenging Republicans to use an upcoming budget vote to try to force through a measure to defund the Affordable Care Act.

“How do you win this fight?” he asked, and the audience responded in unison with him: “Don’t blink!”

Cruz was the last in a series of prominent Republicans who made their pitches at the “Defending the American Dream” summit sponsored by the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, a key player in the tea party movement. He followed Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, all of whom addressed the organization Friday.

While the others were warmly received — absent some activists who heckled Rubio over his immigration stance — the reception for Cruz was nothing short of adoring.

Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips introduced the senator from Texas as “a rising leader — mark my words — a rising leader for this nation and for our cause.”

“Ted Cruz, I love you!” a man shouted as Cruz took the stage to a sustained standing ovation.

The senator beamed, taking in the cheers.

“Let me start with a word of warning,” he said. “By virtue of each of you being here today, tomorrow morning you are going be audited by the IRS. So I appreciate the courage of your convictions!”

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Florida; US: Louisiana; US: New Jersey; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: abortion; bobbyjindal; chrischristie; cruz; deathpanels; florida; louisiana; naturalborncitizen; newjersey; obamacare; rickperry; tedcruz; texas; zerocare
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"We don't intend to turn the Republican Party over to the traitors in the battle just ended. We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged to the same goals as our opposition and who seek our support. Turning the Party over to the so-called moderates wouldn’t make any sense at all." -- President Ronald Reagan
 
"A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." - Thomas Paine 1792
 
"It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men." - Samuel Adams
 
"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams
 

1 posted on 09/01/2013 9:50:49 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie; stephenjohnbanker; LUV W; Patty; itssme; BuckeyeTexan; Jane Long; CatherineofAragon; ..

Ted Cruz Ping!


2 posted on 09/01/2013 9:51:28 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

Ted Cruz has the potential to be a superstar. He’s smart, principled, fearless, and RIGHT.


3 posted on 09/01/2013 9:51:51 AM PDT by ilgipper (Obama is proving that very bad ideas can be wrapped up in pretty words)
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To: SoConPubbie
Loud chants of “Run, Ted, run!” filled a hotel ballroom packed with more than 1,500 people Saturday after Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) finished excoriating President Obama’s administration and challenging Republicans to use an upcoming budget vote to try to force through a measure to defund the Affordable Care Act.
4 posted on 09/01/2013 9:51:54 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: Pride in the USA; Stillwaters

Cool!


5 posted on 09/01/2013 9:53:45 AM PDT by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: lonevoice
Thanks for the ping!

Ted Cruz - 2016

6 posted on 09/01/2013 9:55:18 AM PDT by Tau Food (Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Cruz is one of the very, very few who, so far, have not reneged on their campaign promises as soon as the votes are counted.

He is also one of the few who still speak clearly in honest, understandable words without using typical politician weasle-words, parsing and other oratorical tricks to disguise their real intent.


7 posted on 09/01/2013 9:59:15 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("You bring me the man, I'll find you the crime" - Lavrentiy Beria [and Eric Holder])
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To: SoConPubbie
Ted Cruz: Number two on my list. Since my number one probably will not run, Cruz is number one by default.
8 posted on 09/01/2013 10:02:24 AM PDT by Tupelo (There are no Republicans or Democrats in Washington. Just Millionaires protecting their turf.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Ted....come on, man, you have to run. We need you.


9 posted on 09/01/2013 10:03:52 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.)
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To: Tupelo

You really think he’ll run for president?


10 posted on 09/01/2013 10:04:42 AM PDT by ari-freedom (Obama is the biggest joke. But I can't laugh.)
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To: SoConPubbie

I friended Ted Cruz on facebook a long time ago, and I always have to click “like” on his comments.

He’s ONE of a kind.


11 posted on 09/01/2013 10:09:03 AM PDT by agrarianlady
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To: SoConPubbie

The Ronald Reagan of this era.


12 posted on 09/01/2013 10:09:23 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: SoConPubbie

Is Tea Party support with crossover votes from disaffected Republicans, Democrats and non-affiliated voters enough to provide Ted Cruz with a plurality victory if he ran as an independent for President in 2016? I think so.


13 posted on 09/01/2013 10:09:47 AM PDT by AtlasStalled
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To: SoConPubbie

Cruz is just beginning. Rubio is finished.


14 posted on 09/01/2013 10:11:06 AM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: SoConPubbie

Anyone know if there are any video’s of the Americans for Prosperity Summit...I would like to see some of the speakers, and the enthusiasm they did generate.


15 posted on 09/01/2013 10:11:21 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: PoloSec

therightscoop.com is usually the best place to start.


16 posted on 09/01/2013 10:15:41 AM PDT by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: SoConPubbie

I will vote for Ted Cruz.

I will not vote for any usual GOP suspect ever again for any reason in any election.


17 posted on 09/01/2013 10:16:35 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Tupelo

Could # 1 be a she?


18 posted on 09/01/2013 10:23:03 AM PDT by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin our secret weapon)
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To: TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl

Thanks for the link http://therightscoop.com/ there are a few available there, Ted Cruz speech is one of them.


19 posted on 09/01/2013 10:31:08 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: chris37

Ditto.
I’ll sit out another Bob Dole, thank you.


20 posted on 09/01/2013 10:41:01 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: ari-freedom
You really think he’ll run for president?

You really think he won't?

21 posted on 09/01/2013 10:46:05 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: ari-freedom

He has to. And in 2016.
By 2020 he will have 8 years in the Senate and that is about the magic time when they all turn as worthless as tits on a boar hog.
So it’s 2016 or nothing for Te Cruz.


22 posted on 09/01/2013 10:48:30 AM PDT by Tupelo (There are no Republicans or Democrats in Washington. Just Millionaires protecting their turf.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Cruz seems to be better than any of the 2012 retreads or the names the GOP-elites keep tossing around.

Senators, however, usually don’t make that good of presidents. >>fingerpointing to the guy who is already in the uhhh out on the golf course.

But, several governors who got elected turned out to be horrible, as well.

[Disclaimer: My state primary is so late in the spring that the nominee is already chosen weeks before, so our primary is relatively meaningless. That is partly why I don’t jump on any of the wannabes’ bandwagons.]


23 posted on 09/01/2013 10:58:36 AM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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To: Viennacon
The Ronald Reagan of this era.

We definitely need a statesman, and not another run-of-the-mill politician, to clean up the messes from the last 4 presidents.
24 posted on 09/01/2013 11:01:46 AM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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To: SoConPubbie
Thanks for the TC ping...

Ted has the courage and charisma to take on both the Dims and DimLites/RINO's!

25 posted on 09/01/2013 11:09:31 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
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To: TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl

Thanks for the link http://therightscoop.com/ there are a few available there, Ted Cruz speech is one of them.


26 posted on 09/01/2013 11:13:44 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: SoConPubbie

Cruz/West 2016


27 posted on 09/01/2013 11:24:55 AM PDT by ObozoMustGo2012
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To: Iron Munro

My vote for Ted Cruz last November was the best vote I cast since November 84’ when I voted to reelect Ronald Reagan.


28 posted on 09/01/2013 11:32:30 AM PDT by lormand (Inside every liberal is a dung slinging monkey)
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To: SoConPubbie

Thanks for the ping!

Man! We need a “like” button SO bad! :)


29 posted on 09/01/2013 11:50:11 AM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, Chris Txradioguy, JJ, CMS, & ALL of you heroes!)
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To: SoConPubbie

We love our Sen. Cruz in TX! The Dems can fantasize all they want about turning TX “blue,” but if Sen. Cruz were the nominee for the GOP, every Dem in TX except those in the welfare ghettos and the illegal alien border enclaves would be toast.


30 posted on 09/01/2013 12:06:56 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: SoConPubbie

Cruz is turning out to be what many thought Rubio was going to be. Almost poetic how the original golden Hispanic has tarnished to be replaced with the real deal.


31 posted on 09/01/2013 12:35:18 PM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: chris37
I will vote for Ted Cruz. I will not vote for any usual GOP suspect ever again for any reason in any election.

Ditto here. If the GOPe's run a milquetoast again, i won't vote for him/her. And this is coming from someone who was once a broken-glass Republican on FR signup day ('98) and over the years has privately gotten extremely frustrated at "idiots" who are saying what I'm saying right now. Never again.

Do you hear me Boehner et al? I'm done with being your GOPe whore and I'm not alone. Maybe you should listen and help defund Boehnercare and stop the Boehnamesty movement and defend the 2nd Amendment.

32 posted on 09/01/2013 1:10:10 PM PDT by Nita Nupress ( Use your mind, not your emotions. Refuse to be manipulated by Marxists!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Bob Dole may yet return to the Democratic Party from which he came. Actually, I am not certain he was a Truman Democrat, but he sounds like one. Elizabeth was a NC Democrat before she married Bob.


33 posted on 09/01/2013 2:34:02 PM PDT by Theodore R. (The grand pooh-bahs have spoken: "It's Jebbie's turn!")
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To: lonevoice

This makes my day!


34 posted on 09/01/2013 3:44:58 PM PDT by Pride in the USA
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To: Tupelo

You KNOW that the great Sarah will be instrumental in a Cruz administration. Bob


35 posted on 09/01/2013 6:15:45 PM PDT by alstewartfan ("I don't want to think. Just leave me here to drink, wrapped up in the warmth of New York City." Al)
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To: ObozoMustGo2012

Cruz/West, Cruz/Walker or Walker/Cruz and the list goes on.........


36 posted on 09/01/2013 10:52:59 PM PDT by IAGeezer912 (One out of every 20 people on the face of the earth are Americans. We have won life's lottery.)
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To: SoConPubbie




Senator Cruz ROCKS!

37 posted on 09/01/2013 11:29:25 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: onyx

Ted Cruz is our best hope. EVERYONE: God bless Ted Cruz....GO, TED, GO! He also comes from good stock...youtube a speech of his father’s sometime, to understand what I mean.


38 posted on 09/02/2013 1:38:40 AM PDT by itssme
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To: onyx; SoConPubbie

C R U Z

B U M P


39 posted on 09/03/2013 9:26:12 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (The only people in the world who fear Obama are American citizens. KILL THE BILL!)
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