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Cruz won't promise to stay out of primaries
thehill.com ^ | 2/27/14 | Cameron Joseph

Posted on 02/27/2014 10:07:24 AM PST by cotton1706

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Thursday didn't rule out involvement in GOP primaries this year against incumbent Republican senators.

Cruz said he had made no "ironclad promise" to stay out of the primaries.

"What I have said is that I'm likely going to stay out of incumbent Republican primaries," he said. "I haven't put that in concrete."

A fundraising email Cruz wrote for the Madison Project emerged this week. The group has backed Republican candidates running against Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Sen. Pat Roberts (Kan.). Cruz had told other Republican senators that he wouldn't help outside groups targeting his opponents, and he said the email for the Madison Project had been written last April, before the conversation had taken place.

But Cruz, who irritated his colleagues earlier this month with a filibuster on legislation to raise the debt ceiling, said nothing is certain.

"Things can change in politics," he said.

He also criticized the National Republican Senatorial Committee for its involvement in GOP primaries. Cruz is the vice chairman of the NRSC, though he has often worked at cross-purposes with the group.

"I disagree with what the NRSC has done there," he said. "When I took on the role leadership had told me that they'd learned the lessons from 2010 to stay out of primaries."

Cruz disagreed that he was causing problems for other GOP senators — and blamed leadership.

"I don't want to throw any Republicans under the bus," he said, criticizing McConnell and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) for whipping Republicans to vote for the procedural motion to get to a final vote on the debt ceiling bill. "To be clear, it was Republican leadership that was looking to throw Republicans under the bus."

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cruz; elections; tedcruz
"He refused to say whether or not McConnell should remain leader of the Senate Republicans, saying that decision was up to the conference but that he "strongly disagreed with some of the decisions Republican leadership has made in the last year," and wouldn't say whether he planned to vote for Cornyn in his primary against Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas). Early voting has begun for that primary."

I think that the between the lines translation of this is that Cruz did not want to in any way help John Cornyn get reelected.

Without Cruz's endorsement, Cornyn may be forced into a runoff next Tuesday and then can be removed from the ballot in May.

Cruz knows that the senate republicans need new leadership, and he's doing what he can, very shrewdly, to make that happen.

1 posted on 02/27/2014 10:07:24 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Cruz is nothing more than an egotist and self centered politician who is only concerned about himself.


2 posted on 02/27/2014 10:21:17 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

“Cruz is nothing more than an egotist and self centered politician who is only concerned about himself.”

That’s true of every current officeholder. He, however, is one of the few fighting for conservatism unabashedly and bravely.


3 posted on 02/27/2014 10:25:33 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Spoken like someone who has a major problem with locating his own arse in a room lined with mirrors.


4 posted on 02/27/2014 10:25:34 AM PST by Howie66 (John Wayne McCornyn...he's just like US! Honest!)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Are we talking about the same Cruz? ‘Cause the Ted Cruz I know is nothing like you say.


5 posted on 02/27/2014 10:25:38 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

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6 posted on 02/27/2014 10:28:14 AM PST by agere_contra (I once saw a movie where only the police and military had guns. It was called 'Schindler's List'.)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
Cruz is nothing more than an egotist and self centered politician who is only concerned about himself.

So, in that respect in your opinion, he is no different than any other politician?

7 posted on 02/27/2014 10:28:35 AM PST by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: cotton1706

Emphasis on “shrewd”. Cruz picks his battles in this case. Why take on McConnell forces, at this particular time, over a contested senate leadership battle when doing so would telegraph the presumption that McConnell will be re-elected?


8 posted on 02/27/2014 10:31:17 AM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
Cruz is nothing more than an egotist and self centered politician who is only concerned about himself.

Are u sure you're not Karl Rove?
9 posted on 02/27/2014 10:33:17 AM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy; Admin Moderator
You've posted this tired opinion of yours ad nauseum on Cruz threads. Frankly, you're completely wrong and I'd venture to say the forum is tired of you posting such unfounded slander and personal attack on the brightest light of conservatism in Congress, who is fighting the good fight.

Give it a rest ... IMHO

10 posted on 02/27/2014 10:35:49 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy; FReepers; Patriots; FRiends
Cruz is nothing more than an egotist and self centered politician who is only concerned about himself.


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In each instance Ted Cruz was alone in his statesmanship decorum.

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11 posted on 02/27/2014 10:35:56 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: cotton1706; o2bfree; 12th_Monkey; 230FMJ; TWhiteBear; painter; tbw2; Ricebug; parthian shot; ...

Ted Cruz Ping!

If you want on/off this ping list, please let me know.

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


12 posted on 02/27/2014 10:38:27 AM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: onyx
"Ted Cruz is what our founders dreamed of."

THANK YOU onyx!

13 posted on 02/27/2014 10:38:54 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

“Cruz is nothing more than an egotist and self centered politician who is only concerned about himself.”

I see this exact same line written in every Cruz-related thread.

It is always written by one of three “people.”

J’Accuse.


14 posted on 02/27/2014 10:40:05 AM PST by Noamie
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To: RitaOK
I think Sen. Cruz will wait for the initial primary results (for TExAs) and then do an endorsement.

It is quite likely that Cornbread will not get 51% and there will be a runoff.

If so I am looking for him to go with Stovall.

.

15 posted on 02/27/2014 10:41:25 AM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Who do you actually support?


16 posted on 02/27/2014 10:43:44 AM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: Servant of the Cross

My pleasure.

God bless and keep Senator Ted Cruz, his precious family and all of his supporters.


17 posted on 02/27/2014 10:49:09 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: Old Retired Army Guy

Opinions are like....


18 posted on 02/27/2014 10:50:05 AM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: TLI

If so I am looking for him to go with Stovall.

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So in your projection it will Stovall/Cornyn in the runoff.


19 posted on 02/27/2014 10:52:57 AM PST by deport
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To: Noamie

Old Retired Army Guy’s thoughts on Cruz JUST during this month.

Man, Cruz slamming is about 80% of your posts. I guess slamming Palin is just so passé?


February 27, 2014 at 1:21:17 PM EST · 2 of 15
Old Retired Army Guy to cotton1706
Cruz is nothing more than an egotist and self centered politician who is only concerned about himself.

February 27, 2014 at 11:29:45 AM EST · 17 of 33
Old Retired Army Guy to McGruff
Just look at that white tie and those shades, and that little wave to “his sheep”. He looks more like a Drug Lord than a Presidential candidate.

February 27, 2014 at 11:15:43 AM EST · 14 of 33
Old Retired Army Guy to Kaslin
I predict that Mc Connell will be reelected and the Republicans will gain the majority in the Senate and Cruz’s committee appointments will be the Sanitation and Sewage Disposal Committee.

Cruz Backs Group Hoping to Oust McConnell, Roberts, Cochran
February 26, 2014 at 11:14:16 AM EST · 7 of 23
Old Retired Army Guy to SoConPubbie
I am beginning to be convinced that one of Cruz’s goals is a third party and he wants to lead it.

February 21, 2014 at 10:48:04 AM EST · 30 of 92
Old Retired Army Guy to SeekAndFind
Don’t worry about Cruz. If Mc Connell is Majority Leader next January, Senator Cruz might get a seat on the Public Sewer Committee.

February 21, 2014 at 8:54:15 AM EST · 10 of 25
Old Retired Army Guy to bestintxas
If Mc Connell gets reelected and the Republicans get the Majority, Cruz will be lucky to get a seat on the Public Sanitation Committee.

February 20, 2014 at 2:18:16 PM EST · 19 of 30
Old Retired Army Guy to SoConPubbie
There is something about a guy who is a camera hound and has a $2000 haircut. Have you ever noticed how much Cruz looks like the actor/comedian Bill Murray? Probably both just as serious about what they say.

February 15, 2014 at 1:47:01 PM EST · 99 of 127
Old Retired Army Guy to DaxtonBrown
Actually, I am just about to crawl in a hole and avoid all politics, because I think ALL politicians (including Cruz, Paul, etc.) are in it for their own self financial reward.

February 15, 2014 at 11:43:50 AM EST · 5 of 127
Old Retired Army Guy to Dr. Sivana
It IS undoubtedly true. This guy is the same kind of publicity hound as Chucky Schumer. His only agenda is the advancement of Ted Cruz. As a career military guy who learned that teamwork builds strength, I view Cruz as a self serving individual, totally void of principle. I would not want a person like this in my unit.

February 14, 2014 at 8:41:57 PM EST · 3 of 25
Old Retired Army Guy to SoConPubbie
Cruz is a headline grabber and is in it only for Cruz.

February 13, 2014 at 1:02:42 PM EST · 49 of 74
Old Retired Army Guy to Manic_Episode
White tie and dark glasses? Makes him look like the leader of a drug cartel.

February 13, 2014 at 1:00:34 PM EST · 48 of 74
Old Retired Army Guy to Jane Long
Cruz is only in it for Cruz. Don’t be so naieve as to believe any politician.

February 13, 2014 at 12:26:49 PM EST · 34 of 74
Old Retired Army Guy to tennmountainman
“Cruz is a Hero”????? What medals has he been awarded for his combat experiences? Calling any politician a Hero is an affront to the real heroes, most of whom are dead. Politicians are in it for the money and/or power and Cruz is no different. Everytime I see him on TV, I wonder if he is in camera competition with Schumer. Don’t let guys like this fool you into thinking they are championing some nobel cause. They are in it for themselves and I say “a pox on all their houses”.

February 13, 2014 at 11:13:22 AM EST · 6 of 74
Old Retired Army Guy to Timber Rattler
Cruz doesn’t give a “hoot” about the Republicans winning the majority next November. He is nothing more than a publicity hound chasing the 2016 Republican nomination. Reminiscent of Chucky Schumer, don’t get in his way when there is a camera around.


20 posted on 02/27/2014 10:55:26 AM PST by Noamie
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To: deport

Texas largest 15 counties early voting turnout

Two days left of early voting with the primary on Tuesday, Mar. 4.

21 posted on 02/27/2014 10:55:53 AM PST by deport
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Still singing the same old song huh; Old Guy? All you RINOs hate Ted Cruz so badly.... He must really scorch your drawers.


22 posted on 02/27/2014 11:08:28 AM PST by Din Maker (If Ted Cruz gave Rand Paul one of his balls, they'd both have one.)
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To: deport

Wow! Looks like this is going to be a VERY LOW voter turnout election.


23 posted on 02/27/2014 11:16:50 AM PST by Din Maker (If Ted Cruz gave Rand Paul one of his balls, they'd both have one.)
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To: cotton1706

“To be clear, it was Republican leadership that was looking to throw Republicans under the bus.”

Maybe ORAG is a Republican leader?


24 posted on 02/27/2014 11:17:37 AM PST by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: Old Retired Army Guy; SoConPubbie

He’s either Karl Rove or Midge McConnell.

Stop. Just stop. Your constant spamming of Ted Cruz threads is getting old.


25 posted on 02/27/2014 11:17:42 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: cotton1706

Many on FR post that Dems are afraid of such and such a person as a GOP candidate.

This kind of article has the GOPelites shaking in their boots. They will be trying to conjure up more ways to try to discredit Cruz in the coming months.


26 posted on 02/27/2014 11:21:12 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Noamie
Man, Cruz slamming is about 80% of your posts. I guess slamming Palin is just so passé?

You know, if I was one of Cass Sunstein's internet trolls, I would come up with an unsuspecting handle that impeded scrutiny by including "old" "army" and "guy" in it.

27 posted on 02/27/2014 11:21:52 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

So come clean, who’s paying you to post all this tripe?

Hitlary, Mitch McConnell, John McCain, John Cornyn,Kelly Ayotte, DNC?


28 posted on 02/27/2014 11:27:25 AM PST by VRWCarea51
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To: Din Maker

The totals are a little ahead of the 2010 primary
for the same number of days.


29 posted on 02/27/2014 11:34:55 AM PST by deport
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To: deport

That’s good news. Plus, in the larger areas like Harris, Ft Bend, Collin and Montgomery counties pubbies are at least 2x as Dims....if I’m reading this correctly.


30 posted on 02/27/2014 11:40:55 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: deport

Really? That surprises me.


31 posted on 02/27/2014 11:52:26 AM PST by Din Maker (If Ted Cruz gave Rand Paul one of his balls, they'd both have one.)
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To: Jane Long

Who knows but I don’t see any real items that jump out. Early voting has become
more acceptable and it’s been going on since 1988 when they made ‘in person early
absentee voting’. In 1993 it became early voting for all counties and it didn’t
have to be absentee. Over time I think they’ve got a handle on where to locate the
voting sites so as to provide access to the voters with a small number of sites.


32 posted on 02/27/2014 12:08:40 PM PST by deport
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To: TLI

interestingly, he did endorse in several Supreme Court races.

Cornball has to be a little worried...and in the context of Cruz’s endorsement of others, it sure does look like an in your face “non-endorsement”.

I’d corny gets knocked into a runoff.

I voted Stockman. But obviously in the runoff, it’s whoever the other guy is, over Cornyn.


33 posted on 02/27/2014 12:12:21 PM PST by ConservativeDude
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

What did you think of Alexandr Solzhenitsyn? Egotist? Thought only of himself?


34 posted on 02/27/2014 12:25:41 PM PST by firebrand
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To: Jane Long
I disagree, but I could be wrong. A low turn out favors our team. The "crawl over glass" Conservatives will get out and vote regardless of weather or whatever. A large turn out means more uninformed voters will turn out and vote for name recognition (Cornyn). I sent out an e-mail last night to everyone in my e-mail address book in Texas. You can see a copy of it at this link, Post #36 http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3127211/posts
The response was amazing. Everyone who replied was either not going to vote or were going to vote and did not know who to vote for. Some were planning on voting for Cornyn. Now, they're voting for Stovall. So, I was able to offset a lot of votes that were going for Cornyn just out of ignorance. That's why I think a low turnout favors us.
35 posted on 02/27/2014 12:27:41 PM PST by Din Maker (If Ted Cruz gave Rand Paul one of his balls, they'd both have one.)
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To: Din Maker

Oh, I agree that low turn out favors us. I was just noticing how in several of the larger counties, Pubs are voting 2x over Dims.

I read your email on the other thread, earlier. I love it! I’ve been bugging everyone I know (in TX ;), too. I know they’re sick of my emails! So glad to hear you’ve had such a good response. That’s great news.

I was just looking at my *vintage* Ted Cruz “Off to the Run-Off” yard sign, earlier today.

Go, TEXAS....A B C!!


36 posted on 02/27/2014 12:33:44 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Jane Long

in several of the larger counties, Pubs are voting 2x over Dims.
________________________________________________________________________________
Well, this IS Texas. LOL


37 posted on 02/27/2014 12:36:07 PM PST by Din Maker (If Ted Cruz gave Rand Paul one of his balls, they'd both have one.)
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To: deport
Thanks for posting.

3:1 Republican to Democrat in Tarrant County. Still horribly low turnout for both sides, 4.2% of registered voters so far.....

38 posted on 02/27/2014 12:53:55 PM PST by Envisioning (It's the Jihad, stupid......)
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To: Envisioning

The early voting turnout can vary all over the map. Primaries are usually much lower
than the general and in presidential years can reach into the 40% range for early voting.


39 posted on 02/27/2014 1:33:46 PM PST by deport
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To: TomGuy
‘To be clear, it was Republican leadership that was looking to throw Republicans under the bus.”’- Sen Ted Cruz
Rattle the cages of the GOPetite!!
Give ‘em Hell, Ted!
TWB
40 posted on 02/27/2014 1:41:53 PM PST by TWhiteBear (Sarah Palin, the Flame of the North)
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To: deport

Thanks for the link, deport!

I checked 2/26 and found only 4 counties went Dem. I early voted today in Tarrant Co. and it seemed at least 3 of every 4 were voting Republican.


41 posted on 02/27/2014 2:59:54 PM PST by octex
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To: ConservativeDude

I recall he also endorsed Katrina Pearson.

If he is doing that, no reason to avoid stepping up in the Senate race.

.


42 posted on 02/27/2014 6:17:01 PM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
You're ugly and your Mother dresses funny.
43 posted on 02/27/2014 6:23:26 PM PST by Manic_Episode (GOP = The Whig Party)
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To: TLI

Wasn’t that just Rafeal Cruz?

Or did Ted endorse also? (


44 posted on 02/28/2014 7:35:28 AM PST by ConservativeDude
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To: ConservativeDude

Well I THOUGHT it was Sen Cruz, it was part of a web page or a graphic. I looked at it and thought that ought to wrinkle Pete’s tie...

I will look some more.

Thanks!

TLI

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45 posted on 02/28/2014 10:56:31 AM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: TLI

well, regardless, I sure hope Katrina sends Pete packing to Florida come Tuesday!

Go Katrina!!!


46 posted on 03/02/2014 1:11:26 PM PST by ConservativeDude
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