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Cruz crushes field in presidential straw poll at Values Voters Summit
Washington Times ^ | Saturday, October 12, 2013 | Seth McLaughlin

Posted on 10/12/2013 1:52:15 PM PDT by SoConPubbie

Sen. Ted Cruz trounced the competition in the presidential straw poll at the 2013 Values Voters Summit, with Dr. Ben Carson and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum coming in a distant second and third places — highlighting how Mr. Cruz has become a rock star with grassroots conservatives.

Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council, which hosted the three—day event, announced that Mr. Cruz won 42 percent of the vote, while Mr. Carson and Mr. Santorum each captured 13 percent.

“I just spoke with Senator Cruz and he wanted me to convey to you his deep appreciation for your enthusiastic and warm welcome yesterday — and that he was very grateful to know that there are Americans across the country who are standing with him as he stands for your values here in Washington, D.C.,” Mr. Perkins said.

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Mr. Paul finished in fourth place in the straw poll with 6 percent of the vote and Mr. Rubio finished fifth with 5 percent of the vote.

“Right now, Ted Cruz is really the leader of the conservative movement,” said Mason Griffin, 17, of Arkansas. “He is trying to push forward and get Obamacare out and get conservative back and strong.”

Others called the Texas Republican “Reaganesque” and applauded the way that he has stood his ground against Republicans and Democrats. “He is not backing down,” said Edward Szeto, 46, of Virginia. “He is standing firm on what he got elected on.”

The straw poll is one of the main events of the conference, taking the temperature of the thousands of social conservatives that turn out. It also found that those in attendees were most concerned about protecting religious liberty, supporting pro—life policies and repealing Obamacare.

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: cruz

"If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures." - Alexander Hamilton

 

"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 10/12/2013 1:52:15 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie; Perdogg; whinecountry; DollyCali; nicksaunt; Rides_A_Red_Horse; kitkat; laplata; ...

Ted Cruz Ping!

Please let me know if you want on/off this ping list.

Please beware, this is a high-volume ping list!


2 posted on 10/12/2013 1:53:05 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

Gee that’s funny. All of the RINO’s and the Liberals are claiming Cruz is sinking.

Cruz is the ONLY Conservative.


3 posted on 10/12/2013 2:19:03 PM PDT by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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To: SoConPubbie

I am on board the Cruz bullet locomotive!


4 posted on 10/12/2013 2:20:32 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: SoConPubbie

The statists were writing his political obituary today. ROFL


5 posted on 10/12/2013 2:20:41 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Venturer
super man ted cruz

TED CRUZ:


6 posted on 10/12/2013 2:32:34 PM PDT by jimsin
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To: SoConPubbie

ping for later


7 posted on 10/12/2013 2:40:17 PM PDT by BlackElk (Dean of Discipline, Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Society: Rack 'em, Danno)
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To: Venturer

He is and he has to be prepared because the RINOs are going to pull out all the stops to try and destroy him like they did with Palin and Caine so they can prop up another RINO for POTUS. Like you said, they are starting already being the subhuman pieces of pig vomit they are.


8 posted on 10/12/2013 2:40:35 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (What do we want? Time travel. When do we want it? It's irrelevant.)
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To: Venturer

Now you know why little Peter King has been running over chuck Schumer and John McCain to get to a camera to bash Cruz.


9 posted on 10/12/2013 2:46:35 PM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: SoConPubbie

I’m sure once the electionearing comes about the dems will once again figure a way to crossover and help republicans nominate another LOSER pos like McLame, Dull Dole, or that everyday kind of asshat like M<<itt.
As for a true conservative like Palin or Cruz?
Not hardlyy.


10 posted on 10/12/2013 3:04:35 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) ( Hey Rubio, eat pooh pal))
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To: SoConPubbie
Cruz-Carson can win; Cruz-Palin, doubtful.
11 posted on 10/12/2013 3:22:57 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (0bama lied, Stevens died, now 0bama covers up the lies.)
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To: SoConPubbie

“Right now, Ted Cruz is really the leader of the conservative movement,” said Mason Griffin, 17, of Arkansas. “He is trying to push forward and get Obamacare out and get conservative back and strong.”

That kid is not even old enough to vote.


12 posted on 10/12/2013 4:38:32 PM PDT by frickin_frackin
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To: SoConPubbie

I wonder what the final poll results would be, if Sarah Palin was included.


13 posted on 10/12/2013 4:42:16 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (The world continues to be stuck in a "all leftist, all of the time" funk. BUNK THE FUNK!)
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To: Venturer

Larry Sabado, a VA Democrat, keeps saying on Fox Radio ad nauseum that the GOP hasn’t a prayer with people like Cruz who “won’t compromise.”


14 posted on 10/12/2013 4:46:51 PM PDT by Theodore R. (The grand pooh-bahs have spoken: "It's Jebbie's turn!")
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To: Michael.SF.

Carson can’t win black support; so he would not help such a ticket though we would like him very much.


15 posted on 10/12/2013 4:47:44 PM PDT by Theodore R. (The grand pooh-bahs have spoken: "It's Jebbie's turn!")
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To: Venturer

Better forget Dr. Rand; he is committed to McC of KY.


16 posted on 10/12/2013 4:48:44 PM PDT by Theodore R. (The grand pooh-bahs have spoken: "It's Jebbie's turn!")
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To: Theodore R.
Win black support? No, he won't do that. But I think he can cut into black support of democrats. I would settle for an 75-25 split.

He also would counter the race card.

17 posted on 10/12/2013 5:46:17 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (0bama lied, Stevens died, now 0bama covers up the lies.)
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To: frickin_frackin

[“Right now, Ted Cruz is really the leader of the conservative movement,” said Mason Griffin, 17, of Arkansas...That kid is not even old enough to vote.]

Yes, but he will be by the next presidential election. I wish I was that aware when I was 17.


18 posted on 10/12/2013 6:47:33 PM PDT by Shugee
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Sure would be nice if conservatives would get involved within the GOP so we can change the election rules to help insure Cruz’s nomination.


19 posted on 10/12/2013 7:43:46 PM PDT by DangerZone (If the left had their way, all of America would be as safe as Sandy Hook Elementary.)
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To: SoConPubbie; AmericanInTokyo; Lazlo in PA; cripplecreek; xzins; Diamond; Dr. Brian Kopp; ...
This is good news.

Republicans keep nominating RINOs because of a split between social conservatives and the other two legs of the conservative three-legged stool, i.e., the economic and the national defense conservatives. We keep beating each other up with the result that somebody all three groups hate ends up winning the nomination by default.

And not just at the presidential level. It happens too often in local, state, and congressional races.

I fall into all three camps. I don't have a problem with nominating somebody whose passion is something other than social conservative issues, as long as the candidate is not opposed to our Judeo-Christian heritage and takes a conservative stance on key issues like abortion and homosexuality on which we cannot compromise. And let's not forget our Jewish conservative Freeper friends — there are very good secular as well as religious reasons to require that a Republican nominee be a supporter of Israel.

An obvious example would be that I'd happily support a war hero or a business leader who doesn't share my religious views but will oppose abortion and homosexuality on other grounds, promote basic morality, and appoint cabinet officials and Supreme Court justices who do the right things on those questions.

The great thing about Cruz is he seems to motivate not only social conservatives like me, but also the secular conservatives and even a fair number of libertarians.

Being Hispanic is icing on the cake. It will be ***REALLY*** hard for a RINO to object to a major candidate who stands a real chance of becoming the first Republican minority nominee for the presidency — especially given our demographic problems. Even people who don't share our conservative values in the “GOP-e” leadership know we simply **MUST** do something to make Hispanics into conservatives, and Cruz could be our best shot at doing that.

During the last presidential election cycle, Mitt Romney worked for many years prior to the 2012 primary season to become the presumptive Republican nominee, creating an aura of inevitability. The rest of the field ended up battling for “who has the best shot at taking out Romney” rather than promoting themselves on their own merits. The result is that we had a division between social conservatives and economic conservatives that simply **DID NOT** need to happen.

Very frankly, as conservatives, we went into the 2012 primary season with our pants down and got kicked in the rear end. Instead of organizing years in advance and getting a good candidate, we wasted many years while Romney worked hard and won the race.

That is a crying shame. With the economic chaos and radical liberalism of Barack Obama, we should have had the Democrats on the defensive from the end of 2011 all the way to the November 2012 election, and with a good candidate, we should have been able to win in a landslide, taking not only the presidency but also the Senate. Now we're all crying thanks to Obama's policies, and bluntly, it's our own fault because we weren't organized enough to get an early consensus behind a good candidate who could unite conservatives and defeat Romney.

I don't know enough about Cruz yet to know if he's the right man to be the conservative standardbearer in the 2016 primary season.

But I think we need to spend the remainder of 2013, and all of 2014, finding out, and if not, finding someone else.

The hard work needs to be done now, not in 2015. Let's learn from our mistakes and do it right this time.

Conservatives are a majority of the Republican Party in most key states. There is no reason we need to let the RINOs play divide-and-conquer games against us.

If Cruz is the right man, let's play divide-and-conquer with the RINOs instead. Let's work to convince RINOs who care more about winning elections than about ideology that even if they don't like some of Cruz's “radical” views, he's the best shot Republicans have at getting Hispanic votes.

Let's point out to reasonable RINOs that Democrats won key states because lots of black people who don't normally vote turned out to vote for Barack Obama. Cruz won't motivate Hispanic voters the way Obama motivated black voters, but in close elections, only a few percentage points wins the race. A Hispanic Republican candidate could make Florida a cakewalk, freeing up funds to make some other traditionally moderate Democratic states into battlefields the Democrats have to fight to hold.

These are conversations we need to have now.

Not 2015.

And not even next fall.

If Cruz is the right guy, let's get behind him now, and send a Cruz missile into the heart of the Republican leadership.

We can win this thing, at least in the primary, and if we don't, it's mostly our own fault.

20 posted on 10/12/2013 7:59:05 PM PDT by darrellmaurina
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To: johnthebaptistmoore

0% chance Palin runs.


21 posted on 10/12/2013 9:20:04 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: SoConPubbie; fieldmarshaldj

Ted Cruz 42%, Ben Carson 13%, Rick Santorum 13%, Rand Paul 6%, Marco Bubio 5%, Paul Rymney 4%, Mike Suckabee 4%, Peter King -10%.


22 posted on 10/12/2013 9:23:27 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: SoConPubbie

Attendee’s were definitely not RINO’s apparently


23 posted on 10/12/2013 9:24:18 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: SoConPubbie

...there’s not going to be anything left in 2016 to fight over....


24 posted on 10/12/2013 9:58:09 PM PDT by Tzimisce (The American Revolution began when the British attempted to disarm the Colonists.)
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To: SoConPubbie

How did Peter King and Jeb Bush do?


25 posted on 10/13/2013 2:27:15 PM PDT by duffee (NO poll tax, NO tax on firearms, ammunition or gun safes. NO gun free zones.)
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To: Impy

Jebbie must be the second choice of all of these!


26 posted on 10/14/2013 1:17:28 PM PDT by Theodore R. (The grand pooh-bahs have spoken: "It's Jebbie's turn!")
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To: SoConPubbie

But but but... he is evil and people hate the GOP because of him.


27 posted on 10/14/2013 1:18:24 PM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: Theodore R.

I don’t know why Jeb wasn’t included, maybe it was at his own request to avoid a poor finish, he’s done that before. Christine the Hutt wasn’t included either.


28 posted on 10/14/2013 1:45:43 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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