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Cruz: GOP Can Win by Fighting Crony Capitalists 'Suckling Off of Washington'
Breitbart ^ | 6 Mar 2014 | Tony Lee

Posted on 03/07/2014 6:28:11 AM PST by SoConPubbie

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who has the lead among Tea Partiers in nearly every 2016 GOP presidential primary poll, opened CPAC on Thursday. Cruz said that conservatives can win elections when they draw a clear and sharp contrast between corrupt Washington and the American people, in a way that the GOP establishment has not been able to do.

The potential 2016 presidential candidate noted that Washington is the wealthiest region in the U.S. and blasted the "corrupt interlocking system" of lobbyists, lawyers, and consultants that are "suckling off of Washington." 

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"If you want to lose elections, stand for nothing," Cruz said. 

He noted that, when Republicans have listened to the consulting class and become timid, they got "walloped" in three of the last four national elections. In addition, at the presidential level, Cruz asked whether there was a President Dole, President McCain, or President Romney. Those three candidates were moderate "next-in-line" GOP presidential nominees who stood, as Ronald Reagan would have said, for "pale pastels." And they lost.

Cruz said Republicans won in an "historic tidal wave" in the 2010 midterm elections because conservatives "unequivocally" stood against Obamacare and against bankrupting the country. And he mentioned that Ronald Reagan and Ron Paul appealed to young people because they stuck boldly to their convictions. 

He added that conservatives could win by standing strong for the First and Second Amendments. He also said that the Federal Reserve should be audited, the IRS abolished, Obamacare repealed, and corporate welfare and crony capitalism eliminated by instituting a lifetime ban on lobbying for those elected to Congress. The first term Texas Senator called for term limits, more school choice, and the elimination of Dodd-Frank. 

"You win elections by standing for principle," Cruz said. 

Cruz and Sarah Palin--who will close the event on Saturday--will bookend the conference. 

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: chamberofamnesty; chamberofcommerce; cruz; tedcruz

"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 03/07/2014 6:28:11 AM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie; Bikkuri; o2bfree; 12th_Monkey; 230FMJ; TWhiteBear; painter; tbw2; Ricebug; ...

Ted Cruz Ping!

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

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


2 posted on 03/07/2014 6:28:52 AM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

Indeed, reach to the voters against the corruptocrat shake down artists. Liberals think medicine needs a new science, you see, one completely divorced from formal education and experience earned in the field to this day. they are so sophisticated they can be stupid in the old ways of doing things.


3 posted on 03/07/2014 6:32:42 AM PST by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: SoConPubbie

I don’t think it’s a winning message, unfortunately. Most voters would have no idea what he’s talking about (unless he’s hoping they confuse it with the Dem’s boogeyman, the “1%”).

Cruz is good and he’s right on these things, but it seems to me that he has never figured out how to present his message in some way that would appeal beyond his particular base. Proposing this as the GOP’s standard reveals a tin ear.


4 posted on 03/07/2014 6:35:21 AM PST by livius
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To: SoConPubbie

What he says is true, but the GOP has to fight EVERYONE suckling off Washington, including Mr. and Mrs. Average Citizen. That’s a battle that is much, much, much harder to win, but in order of priority, it is the most critical battle.


5 posted on 03/07/2014 6:37:40 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: SoConPubbie

The GOP needs to go after the nanny state, believe me Democrats are no happier with over zealous telling them how to live their lives than we are.

The recent bans on E-cigs and large soft drinks are good examples of nanny state government run amok that can bring people to our side.


6 posted on 03/07/2014 6:39:52 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: livius

Cruz is clear, concise and specific. I can’t imagine how he could do a better job conveying his message. Livius, what is missing that you would like to hear?


7 posted on 03/07/2014 6:41:47 AM PST by be-baw (still seeking)
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To: SoConPubbie
He noted that, when Republicans have listened to the consulting class and become timid, they got "walloped" in three of the last four national elections.

I've always suspected that most of those consultants are Democrats.

8 posted on 03/07/2014 6:45:00 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard


No, the most important battle for conservatives, if we are to control the direction of the GOP-E and not be forced to start a third party, is to destroy the slavish devotion of the GOP-E to their Corporate Campaign donors.

It is the Crony Capitalism of the GOP, the representing the Corporations, that fund their campaigns, interests(Amnesty, Obamacare, etc.) over the freedoms, liberties, and best interests of the citizens of the USA that has to be stopped at all costs.

We have to get rid of those republicans that say one thing to manipulate conservatives and republicans to vote for them and then play all kinds of games to further the causes of the Corporations and even the left.
9 posted on 03/07/2014 6:46:27 AM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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Ted Cruz CPAC remarks - youtube


10 posted on 03/07/2014 6:46:29 AM PST by deport
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To: livius
I don’t think it’s a winning message, unfortunately. Most voters would have no idea what he’s talking about (unless he’s hoping they confuse it with the Dem’s boogeyman, the “1%”).

Cruz is good and he’s right on these things, but it seems to me that he has never figured out how to present his message in some way that would appeal beyond his particular base. Proposing this as the GOP’s standard reveals a tin ear.


And yet Ronald Reagan used the same approach and won two landslide victories.

One of which, the first one, he started back 30% against Jimmy Carter, the sitting President of the day.

Ted Cruz's Messaging is great; he is hitting on all eight cylinders.
11 posted on 03/07/2014 6:49:01 AM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: livius
Cruz is good and he’s right on these things, but it seems to me that he has never figured out how to present his message in some way that would appeal beyond his particular base.

That same message won landslides for Reagan. Gingrich didn't do too bad in 1994 either.

12 posted on 03/07/2014 6:49:49 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

Cruz needs to come out foursquare and solidly for American work.

We have exported the heart of America. Both parties have done this. We have a massive yearly trade deficit with China now, which is driving China to rapidly become stronger.

We need to bring back American jobs.


13 posted on 03/07/2014 6:51:42 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network ( http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: SoConPubbie

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14 posted on 03/07/2014 6:53:14 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

I’ve thought the same thing over the past 5 to 10 years. The idea that people should work is something that a lot of people agree upon. Everyone has a bum or moocher in their family who they don’t view positively. Most Americans still buy into the idea that you have to work to support yourself if a job is available. The Democrats and Obama in particular have been assaulting the idea that you have to work over the past 5 to 10 years.


15 posted on 03/07/2014 6:57:11 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: SoConPubbie

Big difference, is that Reagan even back then was a household name.He had a likability factor, even amongst those who didn’t fully agree with his political philosophy.

He also had the advantage of being a two-term governor of the most-populous state in the country...That gave him bonafides Cruz at this point could only dream of.


16 posted on 03/07/2014 7:00:29 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: SoConPubbie

Most of the GOP politicians are in the back pockets of the crony capitalists. Why would these greedy GOP swine give up their cash cow? That will not happen in our lifetimes.


17 posted on 03/07/2014 7:13:43 AM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: livius
Most voters would have no idea what he’s talking about...

Agreed, but that's why we have to remember to follow Reagan's (and Rush's) advice to "keep educating and informing the voter" - even after a win.

Sad to say, but the average American voter has a short attention span. When Republicans win, they think they've won in the arena of ideas so we don't have to keep teaching our conservative underpinnings.

An idea proven wrong again and again.

18 posted on 03/07/2014 7:17:19 AM PST by airborne (MY HEROES DON'T WEAR CAPES. MY HEROES WEAR DOG TAGS ! ! !)
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To: SoConPubbie

Ted Cruz bump for later......


19 posted on 03/07/2014 7:21:22 AM PST by indthkr
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To: SoConPubbie

Good point about breaking the ties to corporate donors. To do this we need to motivate individual donors so the party can compete with the millions that Democrats raise from any source they can (including illegal sources such as foreign donors). Individual donors need to get behind good conservative candidates starting with the primaries and carry through to the final elections.


20 posted on 03/07/2014 7:57:56 AM PST by Laserman
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To: livius
Cruz is good and he’s right on these things, but it seems to me that he has never figured out how to present his message in some way that would appeal beyond his particular base. Proposing this as the GOP’s standard reveals a tin ear.

In case you missed the last two Presidential Elections the R(e) has no base. Neither John McLoser or Willard Romney had a base to build from because they both presented themselves as get along to go along Mextrosexual wimps. They both could have taken the battle to the Community Agitator and they both refused to engage for battle. They recieved no votes for what they presented. Because they presented nothing. The votes the got was those that refused to vote for a no name, fake community agitator. Contrast that with Ronald Reagan's 80 and 84 Campaigns. EVERYONE knew what he stood for and what his plan was for his Presidency and this Country.

21 posted on 03/07/2014 8:36:08 AM PST by VRWCarea51
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To: VRWCarea51

I was talking about Cruz’ base. The problem is, they’re not enough to elect anybody, so he’s got to think how to reach out beyond.


22 posted on 03/07/2014 9:09:45 AM PST by livius
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To: be-baw

Something positive? Cruz lives by attacks alone, and that’s why it’s going to be hard for him to get people behind him.

Voters who live in a relatively conservative, GOP-dominated landscape (such as Texas) will respond to this, because essentially he’s discussing internal GOP arguments. But people outside of that circle will have trouble connecting with him if he wants to go national, because their reality is very different.

People may hate DC, but just attacking it isn’t enough. He should get out there and get behind some pro-business, pro-development policies that will resonate with people because it will mean jobs and prosperity.


23 posted on 03/07/2014 9:15:04 AM PST by livius
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