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Ted Cruz says “official Washington absolutely terrified” of GOP’s grassroots
radioiowa.com ^ | October 25, 2013 | O. Kay Henderson

Posted on 10/25/2013 8:34:33 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

Texas Senator Ted Cruz is in the midst of his third trip to Iowa this year, but his first since leading the charge to “defund ObamaCare” that led to the 16-day federal government shutdown. At a party fundraiser tonight in Des Moines, Cruz told a crowd of 600 Republicans “the fight is worth it.”

“I’m convinced we’re facing a new paradigm in politics. It is a paradigm that is the rise of the grassroots,” Cruz said. “I’ve got to tell you, it has official Washington absolutely terrified.”

Cruz argued the path to GOP victories in 2014 and beyond will be stitching back together the coalition that elected Ronald Reagan president in 1980 and he said the kind of “grassroots” activists the party needs had been “energized” by the crusade he led.

“And for everyone who talks about wanting to win elections in 2014 — particularly in an off-year, non-presidential year — nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing matters more than an energized and active and vocal grassroots America,” Cruz said, to applause. “That’s how you win elections.”

According to Cruz, “official Washington scoffed” at the idea immigration reform and new gun restrictions could be stalled in congress this past year and Cruz said eventually ObamaCare would fall to the “power of the grassroots” as well.

“But listen, none of us thought taking on the Washington establishment was going to be easy,” Cruz said. “None of us thought this was going to be a simple path. We all understood it was going to be an ongoing effort and right now I am more encouraged than ever.”

Cruz’s unexpected victory over the lieutenant governor of Texas in a 2012 Republican Primary has sparked a remaking of the Texas GOP in his image. Tonight, Iowa Republicans like Steve McCoy of Indianola said Cruz should be the party’s presidential nominee in 2016.

“Ted Cruz is a statesman,” McCoy said. “What’s a statesman? That’s a person who can tell you to go to hell and you think it’s an invitation.”

Jefferson, Iowa, native Jay Thompson, a former Army soldier who will graduate from the Kennedy School at Harvard in May with plans to move back to Iowa, was also in tonight’s crowd.

“I know he rose up with Bush’s camp in Texas, so that makes me a little hesitant to back Ted Cruz,” Thompson says. “But I’d prefer Rand Paul getting the bid in 2016, but (Cruz) would be my number two.”

Cruz worked on George W. Bush’s 2000 campaign. Cruz is to be in northwest Iowa early Saturday morning, hunting pheasants with about two dozen people, including Congressman Steve King. Over the noon-hour Cruz will speak at a King for Congress fundraiser in Le Mars.

The Libertarians who are currently leading the Iowa GOP used the time before Cruz spoke at tonight’s fundraiser to strike back at critics. A.J. Spiker, who has been the chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa since early 2012, attacked the “permanent political class” for having as their chief goals “money and influence.”

“We’re often told by the political establishment that we shouldn’t take stances on issues because it might hurt in an election a year or two, four years down the road,” Spiker said. “We’re told that we should water down our message to try to win elections and then we wonder why candidates with a watered-down message lose those elections.”

David Fischer, the co-chair of the Republican Party of Iowa, said the party’s “old guard” doesn’t approve by “new conservatives leaders” like Cruz.

“Some Republicans have even gone so far as to call them names,” Fischer said. “Well, I have a name for these principled new leaders, too. I call them the future.”

Governor Terry Branstad, who also spoke at the event, laid the blame on the “D.C. media” for “attempting to divide” and “demonize” the GOP. Branstad urged Republicans to follow Ronald Reagan’s “11th commandment” — not to speak ill of other Republicans. Republican Senator Chuck Grassley focused his fire on President Obama over the recent government shutdown, accusing Obama of being a “sadist” who has “inflicted pain” on the country.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aliens; banglist; chuckgrassley; guncontrol; iowa; secondamendment; terrybranstad

1 posted on 10/25/2013 8:34:33 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

That would be because we’re throwing their asses out in 2014.


2 posted on 10/25/2013 8:38:00 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Only The Real Conservative Deal (A Reagan) can defeat the Left in America because only such a Leader could UNIFY all Conservative factions … this is the lesson of the 1980s and the Bushies/Howard Dean/Lefties/GOPe AKA The Ruling Class know it very well

The full power of the dominant Conservative Electorate has lain dormant since RWR left the scene ...they only activate if The Real Deal appears

They DID activate after Sarah Palin addressed the RNC on September 3rd 2008 - McCain went from -3 to +3 overnight - NOT because people switched from Obama to McCain, but because a flood of new Conservative voters came off the ‘not registered’ and ‘not likely voters’ benches.

It took the puppeteers collapsing the Economy and McCain to suspend his Campaign and return to DC, backing the Bailouts (on the advice of the Ruling Class Tool Steve BULLSCHMIDT) for those new voters to abandon the ticket.

Palin and Cruz will activate the maximum power of the Conservative Electorate again.

Under the leadership of Palin, Cruz and Demint, the GOP Conservative policy platform will be restored.

all the conservative Americans who remain disconnected from the political scene due to disgust, will be motivated to

1. REGISTER and

2. STORM the POLLS

With the Real Deal as Nominee we can expect landslide results as in the 1980s under Reagan, due to Conservatives MAXing at the Polls.


3 posted on 10/25/2013 8:38:40 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin 2016)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Hey you Democrat lurkers:

The Tea Party is not a party. It is not like Republican or Democrat or Libertarian.

It is a movement with no defined leader and hundreds of grassroots organizations. You cannot fight this and win.

It is a hydra.


4 posted on 10/25/2013 8:39:40 PM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Producing Talk Show Prep since 1998.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

They’re not nearly terrified enough.


5 posted on 10/25/2013 8:40:25 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Kind of tough for the Dems to go after Cruz this week.


6 posted on 10/25/2013 8:43:37 PM PDT by alrea
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I hope Ted knows who his real enemy is.
The media lives off the money government takes from investors and gives to consumers.

2014 will be the media’s hardest fought campaign and every “Tea Party” candidate is already in their crosshairs.


7 posted on 10/25/2013 8:48:04 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Viennacon

Yes we are .. and whoever is leftover, will be tossed in 2016 .. and on and on until we have people in office who care more about America than they care about what the dems and their media think.


8 posted on 10/25/2013 8:50:17 PM PDT by CyberAnt (MY AMERICA: "... I'm terrified it's slipping away.")
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Welcome back, we’re bad
We’re nationwide.


9 posted on 10/25/2013 8:55:52 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: CyberAnt

Just took a small excursion onto Dummie Underground. They are going nuts over turning Texas blue.

Have to get those illegals voting!


10 posted on 10/25/2013 8:59:29 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: VRW Conspirator
The Tea Party is not a party. It is not like Republican or Democrat or Libertarian.

And that is what scares the living crap out of them. We coalesced from nothing.
They are frightened.
11 posted on 10/25/2013 9:03:02 PM PDT by 98ZJ USMC
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I know he rose up with Bush’s camp in Texas, so that makes me a little hesitant to back Ted Cruz,” Thompson says

I wonder where this guy gets this from?


12 posted on 10/25/2013 9:16:20 PM PDT by CPT Clay (Follow me on Twitter @Clay N TX)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

STORM the POLLS

Amen, brother, amen


13 posted on 10/25/2013 9:18:23 PM PDT by CPT Clay (Follow me on Twitter @Clay N TX)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I think he’s right. The one thing both parties count on is that they’ll never be on the “outs” for more than an election cycle or two...back and forth, reach across, go-along to get-along.

Cruz, Mike Lee, the Tea Party, Rand Paul, Sarah Palin - all threats to the comfortable status quo


14 posted on 10/25/2013 9:24:54 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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Obama-care is gone.
I made Obama repeal it.
I made him blink just like I said I would.
That is why his Website doesn't work..

14½ posted on 10/26/2013 12:24:54 AM by Ted Cruz (Lets have a Tea Party)
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To: All

When did this happen?


15 posted on 10/25/2013 9:35:03 PM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US Citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
“Ted Cruz is a statesman,” McCoy said. “What’s a statesman? That’s a person who can tell you to go to hell and you think it’s an invitation.”

meh...

A politician is concerned about the next election. A statesman is concerned about the next generation. -- unknown

16 posted on 10/25/2013 9:35:17 PM PDT by Ladysmith (Every time another lib loses its job, an angel gets its wings.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“The full power of the dominant Conservative Electorate has lain dormant since RWR left the scene”

We’re a much different country, demographically speaking, than we were in 1989. If we win with a true conservative in 2014 it will be a near-run thing, not a Reaganesque landslide.


17 posted on 10/25/2013 9:37:03 PM PDT by happyathome
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To: Tailgunner Joe
I liked it; give 'em Hell, Ted! ... 8^D

18 posted on 10/25/2013 11:56:25 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: mrsmith
2014 will be the media’s hardest fought campaign and every “Tea Party” candidate is already in their crosshairs.
yeah..Gov. Brandstad, said that basically...
the entire DC Establishment, has declared "war" on the American people.

19 posted on 10/26/2013 12:06:27 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
They are ... and they should be!
20 posted on 10/26/2013 12:27:23 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I watched the lead in to the Cruz speech and was pleasantly surprised....speaker after speaker put some nice slams into the GOPe!!! Also of interest is the make up of the audience who some here might refer to as GOPe but the rubber chicken dinner set is walking away from the DC elites. We are winning at all levels except in the Senate. Lee/Cruz have a few allies but that will change soon.


21 posted on 10/26/2013 12:52:05 AM PDT by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Once Americans start seeing the sticker shock of Obamacare a lot of folks in Washington will be looking for new jobs.Especially since the gov is forcing them to buy the product they cannot afford.


22 posted on 10/26/2013 7:20:14 AM PDT by moonshinner_09
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To: Tailgunner Joe

They aren’t terrified enough to cut spending yet. Take their power away.


23 posted on 10/26/2013 7:22:25 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: mrsmith
I hope Ted knows who his real enemy is.

He has three sets of enemies:

1. Democrats
2. Media
3. Those in his own part who are Collaborators with our Enemies and who give lip-service to Conservatism.
24 posted on 10/26/2013 4:52:37 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

And all three of them oppose him for the same reason- money.

Cutting government spending- heck, just not increasing government spending- hurts all of them in the pocket.

Every pig at the government trough, especially the media which gets 10 cents out of every dollar the government takes from investors and gives to consumers, hates and fears him.


25 posted on 10/26/2013 5:59:27 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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