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Poll: Sarah Palin, Not Yet a Contender, Most Liked by GOP for 2016
NewsMax ^ | January 30, 2014 | Melanie Batley

Posted on 01/30/2014 9:29:49 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Republicans rate Sarah Palin higher than every potential 2016 presidential contender, even though she is not even considered to be in the running, a new poll has found.

A Public Policy Polling survey conducted Jan. 23-26 showed that the former governor of Alaska has a 70 percent favorability rating among GOP primary voters, topping six other potential candidates in the poll, even though her name was not on the list of 2016 GOP candidates to choose from.

"The best-liked person we tested on this poll with Republican primary voters is actually Sarah Palin," the poll noted.

In the survey of 845 registered voters, including 457 Republican primary voters, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee tops the list of possible presidential contenders, with a favorability rating of 64 percent. Fifty-eight percent of respondents have a positive view of both Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, the former 2012 vice presidential nominee.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has a 56 percent favorability rating, and 45 percent of respondents view Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in a positive light. Embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie comes in last with a 40 percent favorability rating....

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2016; bush; chrischristie; cruz; huckabee; jebbush; krispykreme; palin; polls; tedcruz
Any combination of Palin and Cruz works for me.
1 posted on 01/30/2014 9:29:50 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee tops the list of possible presidential contenders, with a favorability rating of 64 percent.

This is impossible!

2 posted on 01/30/2014 9:33:11 PM PST by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Any combination of Palin and Cruz works for me.

Me too. Establishment Republicans apparently snubbed Palin and kept her out of the 2012 convention; and that rubbed me wrong in many ways.

3 posted on 01/30/2014 9:36:49 PM PST by OldNavyVet (Robert's revenge lies in our getting rid of Democrat control in House, Senate and Preisdent.)
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To: fortheDeclaration
The news media wants to make the nominee for the R's the Huckster , jeb Bush, or Christie

the media's worst nightmare is Sarah Palin or Cruz

we need sarah Palin or ted Cruz or Suzana Martinez to be the Republican nominee for president

4 posted on 01/30/2014 9:38:57 PM PST by Democrat_media (Obama ordered IRS to rig 2012 election and must resign)
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To: OldNavyVet

The 2008 stock market crash is what kept Palin from becoming our V.P.; just imagine if that event hadn’t occurred.


5 posted on 01/30/2014 9:40:44 PM PST by Eska
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To: Eska

“The 2008 stock market crash is what kept Palin from becoming our V.P.; just imagine if that event hadn’t occurred.”

Yeah, and just imagine a Juan McLame Presidency too! In a perverse way, Sarah should be thanking her lucky stars that McLame lost, because at a the end of the McLame Administration, she would have zero credibility. Actually, with some here, she’s taking crap for not having cut all ties with McLame. Count me as one of them.


6 posted on 01/30/2014 9:45:14 PM PST by vette6387
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Any ticket with Palin on it works for me, regardless of which party it’s affiliated with. If she runs, she has my vote. Again.


7 posted on 01/30/2014 9:46:19 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: OldNavyVet

No kidding. When Romney and the GOP convention in 2012 basically told Palin to “get lost,” it was pretty much the final straw for me, in regards to both the Republican Party and the whole blasted election.

Used to watch the GOP conventions on tv from beginning to end, every single election, going back over three decades. 2012 was the first time I ever tuned it out. Didn’t even watch a single minute of it. (well, other than the clip of Eastwood).


8 posted on 01/30/2014 9:53:04 PM PST by greene66
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To: Eska

Had Palin been our VP, John McCain would have been our president.


9 posted on 01/30/2014 9:54:58 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This news has to have Barbara Bush tightly clutching her polished pearls. Now she may order Jeb to run, maybe reinvent himself even, as a tea partier!”


10 posted on 01/30/2014 9:56:00 PM PST by lee martell
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To: Eska

Not by a longshot.

Stock Market would have been irrelevant had she not been hitched to Juan McAmnesty. Unless the president has cancer or inoperable heart disease the vice presidency does not register that high on the list of factors framing the decision of most voters.


11 posted on 01/30/2014 9:59:45 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Palin??? relax, it ain’t gonna happen. The MSM will pick the GOP candidate, as usual. There is no way the MSM will allow a woman against that other woman who awaits her coronation.


12 posted on 01/30/2014 10:00:02 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft (Remember Ty Woods? Glenn Doherty ? Forgot already?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
B T T T ! ! ! ©

13 posted on 01/30/2014 10:00:20 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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Sorry, I think this is a fantasy. Sarah Palin was a mayor, a governor(pretty popular and successful too, as I understand) and a vice presidential candidate. She’s finished with politics, running for office, I mean.People spent much of 2011 a nd early 2012 hoping she would jump into the pres. race. She didnt.
I’m sure she will continue to be an important influence in other ways and may accept an appointment of some sort, but I just don’t think that she will run for office again.


14 posted on 01/30/2014 10:00:36 PM PST by crazycatlady
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To: Bringbackthedraft
I agree the MSM ( the media) will pick the GOP nominee again.

the news media rules the USA. and the media are marxists/democrats

the media will probably pick Jeb Bush or Christie or the Huckster , 3 liberals

What we need for the next GOP nominee and next president is Sarah Palin,Ted Cruz or Susana Martinez.

15 posted on 01/30/2014 10:05:24 PM PST by Democrat_media (Obama ordered IRS to rig 2012 election and must resign)
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To: crazycatlady

As much as I love Sarah, and I do. She really cannot run again against this media and these liberal asshats in Gov’t. They will eat her alive.


16 posted on 01/30/2014 10:05:51 PM PST by acapesket
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To: Bringbackthedraft

C’mon, Colonel, why so negative?


17 posted on 01/30/2014 10:06:14 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: vette6387

We should also be thanking our lucky stars Romney got vote-frauded out of winning, as idiot RAT-voting Americans are suddenly learning that Marxism really does mean taking money from Rats and Conservatives to give to the free-loaders.

Marxism doesn’t care who it gets the money from. Leftists just crony their way out of coughing up the cash going to the underpriveleged.

Now it’s time to trumpet from the rooftops what Scott Walker did in Wisconsin. He used conservative economic principles to reform his state finances, and wound up with nearly a billion dollar surplus which he is returning to the taxpayers.

If I were Donald Trump, or Rick Perry, I would hit every state’s Gov every week, showing them the way out of RAT debt slavery to prosperity using Walker’s example.

Scott has blown every RAT economic policy so far to smithereens that there is no excuse for all the 50 not to adopt and execute his success model.


18 posted on 01/30/2014 10:18:10 PM PST by txhurl (Everyday I think I witnessed the liberals' destructive high-water-mark. Next AM, proven wrong.)
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To: crazycatlady; onyx
We tend to make our predictions through the framework of what we are looking at today, as if today's snapshot is the one that the voters will have in mind when they go to the polls in 2016, almost three years away.

Did not odinga promise more damage, increasing tyranny, more lawlessness, and more mindless misery for the American pipple? And all this just for the coming year?

Our political landscape could, and will likely, shift dramatically over the next years, perhaps months. Our national capitol could end up in Tulsa, or OKC, or somewhere else, before the stench of this commie is removed.

19 posted on 01/30/2014 10:23:47 PM PST by meadsjn
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To: vette6387
Actually, with some here, she’s taking crap for not having cut all ties with McLame. Count me as one of them.

I wouldn't say she'd have to cut all ties w/ him, but it sure hurts her in my estimation that she spake so glowingly of him here.
(My Post 115 explains why her continued support of of him is, at best, misguided.)

20 posted on 01/30/2014 10:50:18 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: meadsjn

Amen!


21 posted on 01/30/2014 10:52:12 PM PST 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: txhurl

“Scott has blown every RAT economic policy so far to smithereens that there is no excuse for all the 50 not to adopt and execute his success model.”

He has taken and continues to take withering fire from the RATs, and he isn’t always knocking down chairs and reporters to get in front of a TV camera. He is what a good executive exemplifies. He is quietly competent, and that’s the highest praise we can give him. He would make a fine president.


22 posted on 01/30/2014 11:13:55 PM PST by vette6387
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To: txhurl

Walker is pro-Shamnesty and a milquetoast. No thanks.


23 posted on 01/31/2014 12:00:29 AM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: VRWC For Truth; fortheDeclaration; P-Marlowe
Walker is pro-Shamnesty and a milquetoast. No thanks.


24 posted on 01/31/2014 12:05:39 AM PST 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

I don’t know if Walker is pro-amnesty, really, but I do know what he did in Wisconsin can be replicated across all 50 states with success. If the country went Wisconsin, we REALLY would not need the fed for anything but the three or four charges outlined in the Constitution.

Any freeper shooting down a guy who literally carved in stone what conservative principles can accomplish in a State govt. needs to be somewhere else.


25 posted on 01/31/2014 1:53:14 AM PST by txhurl (Everyday I think I witnessed the liberals' destructive high-water-mark. Next AM, proven wrong.)
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To: txhurl
He's the topic of discussion on another Palin thread, my post 173.
26 posted on 01/31/2014 2:48:17 AM PST 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

That’s fine, that is what primaries are for.


27 posted on 01/31/2014 3:01:22 AM PST by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: acapesket
"As much as I love Sarah, and I do. She really cannot run again against this media and these liberal asshats in Gov’t. They will eat her alive."

1 Samuel 17

28 posted on 01/31/2014 4:35:34 AM PST by eCSMaster ("It is not the color of his skin, ... it is the blackness that fills his soul")
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To: chris37

We were hoping for McLame to die in office.


29 posted on 01/31/2014 6:21:56 AM PST by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Colonel is negative because the pen is mightier than the sword. It appears that our media is 90% slanted in the favor of the left. Its so far left these days I have to go to Pravda to get to the right. They will paint Palin as a dumb wacko, which is what they have been doing since day one. They can’t have her in the position of going against their favorite candidate because Palin is younger, far more attractive, more vibrant and represents the values of the mid 50’s. We can’t have any of that today, we are in the age if Idiocracy where everything that was wrong in the 50’s is now right and everything that was right is now wrong. Palin would be better for this country than a dozen Beeches of Benghazi. I saw her here in FLA in 2008, I saw the crowds, it was obvious she was the real candidate, not McClain. I lived in NY in 2000, and I was there when they elected the do nothing fake senator from Arkansas with all the hype and myth. Why, because 90% of the MSM were behind her. Bused in crowds, cropped videos, changing booos to cheers, all to promote the fake senator. They will never allow Palin to interfere with the coronation of their Queen. I see a difference, one loves her country and wants to make it great, the other wants her country to make her great. Its unfortunate we will probably end up with the later.


30 posted on 01/31/2014 8:00:14 AM PST by Bringbackthedraft (Remember Ty Woods? Glenn Doherty ? Forgot already?)
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To: MrEdd

I might be wrong, but as I remember, they were ahead in the polls until the stock market dropped around 4000 points. That’s when Obama surpassed them. Bottom line, she was a fantastic Governor up here in Alaska the short time she served; that’s how I judge her.


31 posted on 01/31/2014 9:47:28 AM PST by Eska
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To: vette6387
McCain is a complete stooge, but he'd even be better than Big Ears. My neighbor was in the Riverines in 68 through 69. He actually knows some other Hanoi Hilton members. You should hear what they have said about McCain; unbelievable. Neighbor is 66 years old, he just gets too upset talking about such things.

I still favor Palin, she'll never change her perspective & love of Country, and most importantly is that she is the most honest political out there. I watched her come up in early 90's here in Alaska, she is for real forever. I think chances come up once in a lifetime for some people. The left freaks at the thought of Palin; they will never permit her to run again.

32 posted on 01/31/2014 10:00:36 AM PST by Eska
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If they both run for the top spot then they’ll have to destroy each other in the primaries.


33 posted on 01/31/2014 10:09:36 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: DoodleDawg

If they both run for the top spot then they’ll have to
destroy each other in the primaries.

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Personally I don’t think either will run. I think Cruz will serve more time in
the senate before he makes an attempt. I think Palin may consider it but she has a
great life situation now without all the hassle of a campaign.


34 posted on 01/31/2014 10:19:42 AM PST by deport
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To: Eska

” I think chances come up once in a lifetime for some people. “

I believe that you are right (with the possible exception of the “it’s my turn” old guard GOPe like Dole, McLame, Romney, etc.) and since Sarah isn’t in that group, my guess is that she will have a very difficult time going for a nation-wide public office again. Although I could see her running for the Senate from AK and winning, but she seems to have no interest in so doing. Since her paring with McLame, a whole new crop of Conservatives have surfaced ( i.e. Cruz, Paul, Lee and a very few others). They are now the “fresh face” that Palin was six years ago. Palin, by virtue of her loss as McLame’s running mate makes her a looser in the eyes of too many voters despite her qualifications and the fact that she continues to be the “darling” of a lot of people on the Right. And because she’s run and lost, I don’t see any of the New Right potential candidates selecting her as their running mate because the press would tar and feather that team because of her.


35 posted on 01/31/2014 10:25:39 AM PST by vette6387
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To: deport
I agree that Palin isn't going to run. I think she sees herself as a conservative conscious and king-maker rather than a candidate. Besides, if she runs then the media will tear her apart and why would she want to go through that again?

Cruz, on the other hand, will run. I think he's already running. He's a man in a hurry, not willing to sit on the sidelines for 8 years if the Republicans win in 2016. He's also not the kind of guy to sit and watch another Romney-like candidate get the nomination. He doesn't believe that there is a better, smarter, more conservative candidate than he is. He's in.

36 posted on 01/31/2014 11:10:35 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: vette6387

Palin could jump in this summer and still beat the pants off any Repub in primary and then Begich come Fall. I don’t think she wants to, she gets all the attention she needs for the past record she has built for herself. Why would she want all the pain when she can be out enjoying Alaska. No joke, we live along the Yukon, pretty remote. I wouldn’t trade my lifestyle for anything, no joke; life is good and I’m sure it is for Palin too. I’d like her to run for Pres, Senate, Governor again, anything; that’s how good she was as Mayor and Governor up here.


37 posted on 01/31/2014 11:38:55 AM PST by Eska
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To: DoodleDawg

Not if they run as a team. I know that hasn’t been done, but who says it can’t work?


38 posted on 01/31/2014 11:46:13 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: DoodleDawg; deport

-—snip-—

Education

Cruz attended high school at Faith West Academy in Katy, Texas,[26] and later graduated from Second Baptist High School in Houston as valedictorian in 1988.[11] During high school, Cruz participated in a Houston-based group called the Free Market Education Foundation where Cruz learned about free-market economic philosophers such as Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek, Frédéric Bastiat and Ludwig von Mises.[20] The program was run by Rolland Storey and Cruz entered the program at the age of 13.[18]

Cruz graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1992.[2][5] While at Princeton, he competed for the American Whig-Cliosophic Society’s Debate Panel and won the top speaker award at both the 1992 U.S. National Debating Championship and the 1992 North American Debating Championship.[27] In 1992, he was named U.S. National Speaker of the Year and Team of the Year (with his debate partner, David Panton).[27] Cruz was also a semi-finalist at the 1995 World Universities Debating Championship, making him Princeton’s highest-ranked debater at the championship.[28][29] Princeton’s debate team later named their annual novice championship after Cruz.[28]

Cruz’s senior thesis on the separation of powers, titled “Clipping the Wings of Angels,” draws its inspiration from a passage attributed to President James Madison: “If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.” Cruz argued that the drafters of the Constitution intended to protect the rights of their constituents, and the last two items in the Bill of Rights offered an explicit stop against an all-powerful state. Cruz wrote: “They simply do so from different directions. The Tenth stops new powers, and the Ninth fortifies all other rights, or non-powers.”[24][30]

After graduating from Princeton, Cruz attended Harvard Law School, graduating magna cum laude in 1995 with a Juris Doctor.[2][31] While at Harvard Law, Cruz was a primary editor of the Harvard Law Review, and executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and a founding editor of the Harvard Latino Law Review.[5] Referring to Cruz’s time as a student at Harvard Law, Professor Alan Dershowitz said, “Cruz was off-the-charts brilliant.”[12][32][33][34][35][36] At Harvard Law, Cruz was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics.[37]

Cruz currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the Texas Review of Law and Politics.[37][38]

Legal career

Clerkships

Cruz giving a speech to the Montgomery County Republican Party meeting held in Conroe, Texas, on August 19, 2013
Cruz served as a law clerk to J. Michael Luttig of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in 1995[4][37] and William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States in 1996.[2] Cruz was the first Hispanic ever to clerk for a Chief Justice of the United States.[39]

Private practice

After Cruz finished his clerkships, he took a position with Cooper, Carvin & Rosenthal, which is now known as Cooper & Kirk, LLC, from 1997 to 1998.[40]

In 1998, Cruz served as private counsel for Congressman John Boehner during Boehner’s lawsuit against Congressman Jim McDermott for releasing a tape recording of a Boehner telephone conversation.[41]

Bush Administration

Cruz joined the George W. Bush presidential campaign in 1999 as a domestic policy adviser, advising then-Governor George W. Bush on a wide range of policy and legal matters, including civil justice, criminal justice, constitutional law, immigration, and government reform.[40]

Cruz assisted in assembling the Bush legal team, devise strategy, and draft pleadings for filing with the Supreme Court of Florida and U.S. Supreme Court, the specific case being Bush v. Gore, during the 2000 Florida presidential recounts, leading to two successful decisions for the Bush team.[37][42]

After President Bush took office, Cruz served as an associate deputy attorney general in the U.S. Justice Department[2][42] and as the director of policy planning at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.[2][12][42]

Texas Solicitor General

Appointed to the office of Solicitor General of Texas by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott,[4][43] Cruz served in that position from 2003 to 2008.[20][37]

Cruz has authored more than 80 United States Supreme Court briefs and presented 43 oral arguments, including nine before the United States Supreme Court.[4][12][22] Cruz’s record of having argued before the Supreme Court nine times is more than any practicing lawyer in Texas or any current member of Congress.[44] Cruz has commented on his nine cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court: “We ended up year after year arguing some of the biggest cases in the country. There was a degree of serendipity in that, but there was also a concerted effort to seek out and lead conservative fights.”[44]

In the landmark case of District of Columbia v. Heller, Cruz drafted the amicus brief signed by attorneys general of 31 states, which said that the D.C. handgun ban should be struck down as infringing upon the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.[22][45] Cruz also presented oral argument for the amici states in the companion case to Heller before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.[22][46]

In addition to his success in Heller, Cruz has successfully defended the constitutionality of Ten Commandments monument on the Texas State Capitol grounds before the Fifth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court, winning 5-4 in Van Orden v. Perry.[12][22][37]

In 2004, Cruz was involved in another high-profile case, which was Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow.[12][37] In Newdow, Cruz wrote a U.S. Supreme Court brief on behalf of all 50 states which argued that a non-custodial parent does not have standing in court to sue to stop a public school from requiring its students to recite of the Pledge of Allegiance.[12][37] The Supreme Court upheld the position of Cruz’s brief in a 9-0 decision.

Cruz served as lead counsel for the state and successfully defended the multiple litigation challenges to the 2003 Texas congressional redistricting plan in state and federal district courts and before the U.S. Supreme Court, winning 5-4 in League of United Latin American Citizens v. Perry.[37][47]

Cruz also successfully defended, in Medellin v. Texas, the State of Texas against an attempt by the International Court of Justice to re-open the criminal convictions of 51 murderers on death row throughout the United States.[4][12][22][37]

Cruz has been named by American Lawyer magazine as one of the 50 Best Litigators under 45 in America,[43][48] by The National Law Journal as one of the 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America,[49][50] and by Texas Lawyer as one of the 25 Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter Century.[51][52]

-—snip-—

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Cruz


39 posted on 01/31/2014 11:48:58 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: DoodleDawg

You maybe correct that he is in. Cruz doesn’t stay long in any endeavor so a
couple more years in the senate and he maybe on to other things. Cruz is an accomplisher.

If he does and if he would be elected it would be ironic in that we’d have back to back presidents with citizen mothers and foreign born fathers.


40 posted on 01/31/2014 11:57:57 AM PST by deport
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Not if they run as a team. I know that hasn’t been done, but who says it can’t work?

For one thing I don't think either one of them sees themselves as vice-president. Both would want the top spot.

41 posted on 01/31/2014 11:58:11 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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