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Run, Ted run: The grassroots effort to draft Ted Cruz for president is underway
Washington Times ^ | Monday, March 24, 2014 | Jennifer Harper

Posted on 03/24/2014 10:56:02 AM PDT by SoConPubbie

It was inevitable.

As was the case with Ben Carson, a grassroots effort to draft Sen. Ted Cruz has been launched by those eager to see the Texas Republican and his plainspoken policy prepare for and enter the 2016 White House race. The earlybird political action committee founded by one Raz Shafer - a former Cruz staffer - is on message and succinct.

“It’s time for Americans to kick-start a national campaign to draft Ted Cruz. We can’t sit on the sidelines and allow a repeat of 2008 and 2012. That’s exactly what Hillary Clinton and the Democrats want us to do. It’s also what Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, and the rest of the Republican establishment wants,” Mr. Shafer notes in his outreach at, yes, RunTedRun.com which is careful not to appear as anything official.

Yet.

But the Fort Worth-based conservative is optimistic and eager, and of course there’s a public petition to sign.

“Our goal is to collect 1 million signed petitions this year to serve as the backbone of a campaign that will culminate with Ted Cruz taking the Oath of Office as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017. It’s time for conservatives to be proud of their vote again,” they advise.

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 2014election; 2014gopprimary; 2016election; 2016gopprimary; cruz; cruz2014; cruz2016; election2014; election2016; tedcruz; texas
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"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
 
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1 posted on 03/24/2014 10:56:02 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie; Monterrosa-24; ilgipper; exnavy; MarMema; skinkinthegrass; Bikkuri; o2bfree; ...
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 03/24/2014 10:56:59 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

Don’t waste your money. NOT going to happen.


3 posted on 03/24/2014 10:58:45 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: SoConPubbie

Too early.

AS soon as he gets in, they’re going to smear him. Where they can’t they’ll find out how they can.

Everyone, especially Karl Rove, whom Cruz does not care one whit about, won’t sit well with the narcissist #2, Mr. Rove, BO being #1

Too early.


4 posted on 03/24/2014 10:59:07 AM PDT by stanne
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To: SoConPubbie

:) Old Retired Army Guy is in before me, making my point very nicely


5 posted on 03/24/2014 11:00:09 AM PDT by stanne
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To: SoConPubbie

The Cruz campaign will be hit by ‘Birthers’ who claim he isn’t a US natural born citizen...................


6 posted on 03/24/2014 11:00:43 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: Red Badger

It’ll be hit with everything, and yes, that.


7 posted on 03/24/2014 11:02:04 AM PDT by stanne
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To: stanne

I agree, it is a little early. However, they are going to hit him from every angle no matter when he gets in. I’d prefer he wait a while and let the other contenders gaffe, slip up, and collect some of the mud before he actually, officially enters the race.


8 posted on 03/24/2014 11:04:23 AM PDT by mark3681
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To: SoConPubbie

How do you draft someone for an office he’s already running for?


9 posted on 03/24/2014 11:06:09 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: stanne

Only THIS time the MSM will be all on board to ‘help’........................


10 posted on 03/24/2014 11:06:30 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy; SoConPubbie; stanne

Nominating Cruz is the easier task. Stopping the left and MSM (where majority of voters get their shallow information) from smearing Cruz is the much harder task. I am afraid it will be a Goldwater size loss.

Palin & Cruz will change the direction of country more than anyone else I can think of. Sadly both are vulnerable in the general.


11 posted on 03/24/2014 11:07:24 AM PDT by entropy12 (If you did not vote, you helped elect the community organizer from south side of Chicago.)
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To: mark3681

It is very early. anyone who is in it now is playing games.

It’s three years out.

Not even are we over the midterms. After those, things will change quite a bit.

Lots of changes in leadership, regardless of who is in the majority and where.

Bohner is out, McConnell, Cantor and Rove, Ryan vs Conservatives


12 posted on 03/24/2014 11:08:56 AM PDT by stanne
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To: stanne; Old Retired Army Guy
:) Old Retired Army Guy is in before me, making my point very nicely

Better re-read Old Retired Army Guy's post. He's a GOP-E supporter and has never had a good thing to say about Senator Cruz.

I'm pretty sure you are supportive of a POTUS candidacy by Cruz, Old Retired Army Guy isn't.
13 posted on 03/24/2014 11:09:50 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

We knows.


14 posted on 03/24/2014 11:11:39 AM PDT by stanne
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To: SoConPubbie

By nicely, I meant efficiently, not kindly.


15 posted on 03/24/2014 11:12:37 AM PDT by stanne
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To: entropy12
"Sadly both are vulnerable in the general"

EVERY Republican is vulnerable in the General Election as all the cultural and media entities line up against them every time.

Should we let that be the measure of our candidates?

I think not.

Let's put up our best, whomever that may be (too early to pick) and let the chips fall where they may.

16 posted on 03/24/2014 11:12:42 AM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: SoConPubbie

The Jeb Bush supporters are not happy with you. LOL!


17 posted on 03/24/2014 11:14:38 AM PDT by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: SoConPubbie

The spiritual trajectory of the public will have a lot to do whether Guy turns out to be correct or not.

But I do not see Cruz quitting until he is forced out. It would be wonderful if Cruz made it. A name like that would get a lot of Hispanic Catholic interest (it means Cross in Spanish).

Cruz/Palin? We could do worse.


18 posted on 03/24/2014 11:14:38 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: right way right

I’ve jumped in vigorously when a bunch of folks were filthing Jeb Bush on the basis of one mistake. But that did not mean that we cannot find something better.

Primaries are so, so going to matter. To view them as not flexible would be a big mistake.


19 posted on 03/24/2014 11:15:55 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: SoConPubbie

I’ll write him in either way.

It’s a foregone thing for me.


20 posted on 03/24/2014 11:23:45 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: stanne

It’s three years out.

******************

In less than three years the new president will be inaugurated in Jan. 2017.

In less than two years four states will have already held their nominating process:
Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada

So it isn’t to early to begin getting preliminary plans together for organizations, etc.


21 posted on 03/24/2014 11:36:20 AM PDT by deport
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To: Mariner

I was extremely impressed by Rand Paul’s ability to get standing ovations at both CPAC and UCBerkley crowd. No one else, either on left or right has been able to do that.

So the ability and skills to win in general are NOT the same for all candidates.

Does that mean Rand Paul is the best candidates for conservatives? Not necessarily. If Palin or Cruz can get elected president, without any doubt they will be the most effective president for conservative agenda. But that requires winning in general. With a loss, they will have no more power to change anything than Romney, McCain, Dole, Goldwater, et all.


22 posted on 03/24/2014 11:49:11 AM PDT by entropy12 (If you did not vote, you helped elect the community organizer from south side of Chicago.)
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To: SoConPubbie

he’s on my short list. God bless him.


23 posted on 03/24/2014 11:57:13 AM PDT by dadfly
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To: deport
Anyone interested here is a good site for info on the upcoming 2016 election schedule.

The Greenpapers--2016 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions Major Events Chronologically


24 posted on 03/24/2014 11:57:39 AM PDT by deport
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To: entropy12; stanne; Old Retired Army Guy
Palin & Cruz will change the direction of country more than anyone else I can think of. Sadly both are vulnerable in the general.

The problem that those pushing Rand Paul refuse to acknowledge is that by his walking away from the Social issues and pushing an Amnesty plan, he is going to get creamed far worse than Mitt Romney.

Reagan started back 30% to Jimmy Carter and still won because he stuck to the conservative message.

Any viable conservative, and I don't include Rand Paul in that categorization because of the aforementioned policy positions, will have the same problem going forward.

Both the GOP-E, and the Left have it out for any true conservative.

It doesn't mean they can't win if they continually articulate conservatism and refuse to compromise, it just means it will be a tough road to victory.
25 posted on 03/24/2014 12:16:01 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie; entropy12; stanne; Old Retired Army Guy
The problem that those pushing Rand Paul refuse to acknowledge is that by his walking away from the Social issues and pushing an Amnesty plan, he is going to get creamed far worse than Mitt Romney.

And he will get creamed far worse than Mitt Romney, because he has come out so early, (though I respect this about Rand Paul and detest Mitt Romney for waiting till after being nominated) about walking away from the social issues and the natural base of the GOP is against this position or approach.

That issue, coupled with the Amnesty issue, will suppress the vote immensely.
26 posted on 03/24/2014 12:18:45 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: entropy12; Mariner
I was extremely impressed by Rand Paul’s ability to get standing ovations at both CPAC and UCBerkley crowd. No one else, either on left or right has been able to do that.

Sorry, both venues were packed, artificially so, with Libertarians. Your impressions are skewed by this.

Furthermore, Ted Cruz does this routinely almost every place he shows up to speak.
27 posted on 03/24/2014 12:20:48 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

CRUZ/WEST!


28 posted on 03/24/2014 12:23:15 PM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Yes it is.


29 posted on 03/24/2014 12:26:53 PM PDT by MarMema (Run Ted Run)
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To: SoConPubbie; entropy12
Other than Goldwater, when have we put up our best and lost?

Some would argue that nominating Goldwater as the GOP Candidate WAS the biggest victory of all.

Certainly the fist fights on the floor of the Cow Palace indicated the stakes were very, very high.

It was the very first Conservative victory since Hoover.

30 posted on 03/24/2014 12:39:50 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: SoConPubbie; Mariner

Cruz will get my support if he runs. However I do not want a repeat of 2012 when conservative candidates fought each other to the bitter end clearing way for the moderate from mass. I really am afraid that will happen again and we end up with Jeb Bush as the nominee.


31 posted on 03/24/2014 12:45:54 PM PDT by entropy12 (If you did not vote, you helped elect the community organizer from south side of Chicago.)
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To: Mariner; SoConPubbie; entropy12
Of note: Goldwater was not your typical Conservative or Republican.

As with most (c)onservatives/Republicans that come from the Western US he had a visible (l)ibertarian streak.

As did Reagan and as does Cruz and Palin.

32 posted on 03/24/2014 12:46:28 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: SoConPubbie

Granted, but no other candidate has been able to accomplish the same thing. There were plenty of other people at CPAC besides the Paulbots who stood up and cheered after Rand spoke. Ditto at UCBerkeley. Everyone without exception stood up and gave a long ovation at both venues. I would not minimize that skill and ability.


33 posted on 03/24/2014 12:48:52 PM PDT by entropy12 (If you did not vote, you helped elect the community organizer from south side of Chicago.)
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To: SoConPubbie
B T T T ! ! ! ©

34 posted on 03/24/2014 1:07:49 PM PDT 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: Mariner

Reagan, Cruz, and Palin are all conservative, and Goldwater didn’t become a social liberal until many years later in life.


35 posted on 03/24/2014 1:28:15 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: entropy12

Paul hurt himself when he opened his campaign by moving left and coming out against the party platform and for gay marriage and a social liberal agenda, and of course his embracing of the GOPe.

As far as CPAC.

Here’s a list of past CPAC straw poll winners.

1976 Ronald Reagan
1980 Ronald Reagan
1984 Ronald Reagan
1986 Jack Kemp
1987 Jack Kemp
1993 Jack Kemp
1995 Phil Gramm
1998 Steve Forbes
1999 Gary Bauer
2000 George W. Bush
2005 Rudy Giuliani
2007 Mitt Romney
2008 Mitt Romney
2009 Mitt Romney
2010 Ron Paul
2011 Ron Paul
2012 Mitt Romney
2013 Rand Paul
2014 Rand Paul


36 posted on 03/24/2014 1:39:36 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Why not?


37 posted on 03/24/2014 2:33:14 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: stanne

Anyone who’s not already trekking to IA and NH, lining up donor, and starting to put together a preliminary team is too late for running in 2016.


38 posted on 03/24/2014 2:36:57 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: entropy12

With a repeat landslide winner in Reagan, but ‘safe’ losers in Dole, McCain, and Romney, I don’t see how you can possibly draw that conclusion.


39 posted on 03/24/2014 2:38:39 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: SoConPubbie

You’re absolutely right, SoCon—Cruz and Palin are the only two prospects we have who are on the right side of amnesty.


40 posted on 03/24/2014 2:40:25 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Red Badger

He isn’t! I want my presidents BORN in the United States, not CANADA or Kenya.


41 posted on 03/24/2014 4:21:10 PM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: entropy12

I watched his Berkeley appearance and I was very impressed. He seems as intelligent as Newt, without the bombast. Paul thinks things through and has plans. While I may not agree with everything he proposes, I am willing to hear him out. He has reasons for his positions and believes what he says. I see all the distortions about his positions to downright lies. If you want to know where he stands on something, just ask him. Read what he has said (in context of course).

I have found no deal breakers as of yet. The more I hear, the more impressed I get.


42 posted on 03/24/2014 4:29:53 PM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: deport

later


43 posted on 03/24/2014 4:31:11 PM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: longfellow

Oooo, I like it!


44 posted on 03/24/2014 4:32:39 PM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: 9YearLurker

I think the local dog catcher would have won in 1980 after the Carter fiasco with economy, interest rates, inflation and Iran hostages.

In 1984, Reaganomics was working, so we had a candidate with proven record.


45 posted on 03/24/2014 6:52:40 PM PDT by entropy12 (If you did not vote, you helped elect the community organizer from south side of Chicago.)
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To: faucetman

Your thoughts parallel mine. I have not yet seen a deal breaker with Rand Paul. But elections are long time away.


46 posted on 03/24/2014 6:54:29 PM PDT by entropy12 (If you did not vote, you helped elect the community organizer from south side of Chicago.)
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To: entropy12

I’m *very* interested in what that LA artist is doing with Ted. May be as important as reverbs out of Iowa and NH.


47 posted on 03/24/2014 7:15:08 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: faucetman; Red Badger
He isn’t! I want my presidents BORN in the United States, not CANADA or Kenya.

I want my President to be a conservative, which means no Amnesty plan and fighting for all facets of the conservative message, including Social Conservative issues like against Gay Marriage and Against Abortion and not trying to pretend that they are states rights issues when he/she knows that the "Equal Protection Clause" of the 14th Amendment defeats that charade.
48 posted on 03/24/2014 7:58:06 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: faucetman; Red Badger
He isn’t! I want my presidents BORN in the United States, not CANADA or Kenya.

Care to share where in the US Constitution, relevant US Law, or Relevant US Supreme Court ruling where it states conclusively that being Natural Born requires being born in America by two US Citizen parents?
49 posted on 03/24/2014 7:59:30 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: entropy12; faucetman


So an Amnesty plan that dumps 30+ million undocumented Democrats into the electorate and giving up on the Social Issues isn't a deal breaker for you?

You're really not a conservative are you?

You must be a Libertarian because these positions, Open Borders, Amnesty, no rules where the social issues are concerned are hallmarks of the Libertarian Party, but they are 180 degrees out of sync with conservative principles.
50 posted on 03/24/2014 8:02:38 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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