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Cruz: Washington elites won't be effective at picking GOP nominee
CNN ^ | April 7th, 2014 | Jake Tapper, Sherisse Pham

Posted on 04/07/2014 7:14:23 PM PDT by SoConPubbie

(CNN) - Senator Ted. Cruz, R-Texas, often rubs establishment Republicans the wrong way.

The feeling is mutual.

Speaking on what he views is the path to victory for Republicans, Cruz said, "I don't think Washington elites are going to be very effective picking the nominee."

"I think it's going to be, quite rightly, a decision for the grassroots to make," Cruz said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

That would certainly benefit the Texas Republican, who came to the U.S. Senate on a wave of tea party support.

Cruz is considered a potential 2016 presidential candidate, but he would likely not be establishment Republicans' first pick.

With New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie embroiled in a controversy over lane closures that led to a massive traffic jam, there has been renewed interest in former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

On Sunday, Bush said the debate over immigration reform needs to move past derisive rhetoric describing illegal immigrants.

"Yes, they broke the law, but it's not a felony. It's an act of love, it's an act of commitment to your family," Bush told Fox News host Shannon Bream at town hall event at the George Bush Presidential Library Center.

"We need to be a nation that welcomes and celebrates legal immigrants, people who follow the rules, and come here according to the law," said Cruz in response.

"Rule of law matters. And if you look at any sovereign nation, securing your border is critically important," said the freshman lawmaker.

"We need to solve the problem to secure the borders and then improve and streamline legal immigration so people can come to America consistent with the rule of law," said Cruz.

(Excerpt) Read more at thelead.blogs.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 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
 
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1 posted on 04/07/2014 7:14:23 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie; Monterrosa-24; ilgipper; exnavy; MarMema; Bikkuri; o2bfree; 12th_Monkey; 230FMJ; ...
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 04/07/2014 7:15:36 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

Fix Mexico.


3 posted on 04/07/2014 7:17:36 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Yeah, Jeb. Fix Meheeco. Don’t destroy America.


4 posted on 04/07/2014 7:19:45 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: SoConPubbie
RE :”Cruz: Washington elites won't be effective at picking GOP nominee”

So far they been great at it.

5 posted on 04/07/2014 7:22:12 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama : 'You can keep your doctor if you want. I never tell a lie ')
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To: SoConPubbie

I would love to see Cruz/Paul vs Clinton/Bush.now that would be one hell of a battle to the death.


6 posted on 04/07/2014 7:24:20 PM PDT by Cruz_West_Paul2016
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To: Jane Long; MeshugeMikey; Diogenes; cripplecreek; All

Right!

Jebbie “The Jokester” Bush said on a FOX-aired interview tonight that breaking US Border Laws should be approved, as long as the illegal violations were done for “Love of Family.”

The Beattles have been proven right again: “All you need is Love!”

Karl Rove, and all the other doormat Republicans must be so proud!

I can see Jebbie’s 2016 Campaign yard signs now - - - - .

Lemme see now - - - - , Mrs. Bill Clinton might get some advice from the guy she is married to, as he tried for YEARS to be the Nation’s Lover Boy Expert - - - .

2016 just might be a “Sweet Sixteen” style Campaign!


7 posted on 04/07/2014 7:39:38 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: SoConPubbie

We will see if he is right or not. The GOP wants Jeb Bush or Chris Christie but even they are not ignorant enough to think these two can win. Most likely they will settle for Rand Paul and push hard for Cruz, Huckabee, and maybe Santorum to neutralize each other by splitting social conservative vote, just like 2012.


8 posted on 04/07/2014 7:46:55 PM PDT by BurningOak (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2830849/reply?c=1)
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To: BurningOak
We will see if he is right or not. The GOP wants Jeb Bush or Chris Christie but even they are not ignorant enough to think these two can win. Most likely they will settle for Rand Paul and push hard for Cruz, Huckabee, and maybe Santorum to neutralize each other by splitting social conservative vote, just like 2012.

Rand Paul, just like Mitt Romney, cannot win.

If the GOP-E picks our candidate for us, we lose.
9 posted on 04/07/2014 7:52:33 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

Rand Paul can win and he is not Mitt Romney who was basically just a liberal. Rand Paul is more of libertarian than a conservative, if elected he will not govern as a true conservative, particularly on social issues. I am not sure he is less electable than Ted Cruz. Cruz does not pander, and is willing to say hard truths and take unpopular principled positions. Is there still any room in our nation for such politicians?


10 posted on 04/07/2014 7:58:56 PM PDT by BurningOak (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2830849/reply?c=1)
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To: Graewoulf

So, if I use Jeb’s info to buy a nice anniversary gift for my wife, he’d be cool with that?


11 posted on 04/07/2014 8:06:28 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: BurningOak

Absolutely Rand Paul is another Romney.
A big portion of the conservative base will only vote for a social conservative. We saw this last time.


12 posted on 04/07/2014 8:08:00 PM PDT by MrEdd (vHeck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: BurningOak
Rand Paul can win and he is not Mitt Romney who was basically just a liberal. Rand Paul is more of libertarian than a conservative, if elected he will not govern as a true conservative, particularly on social issues. I am not sure he is less electable than Ted Cruz. Cruz does not pander, and is willing to say hard truths and take unpopular principled positions. Is there still any room in our nation for such politicians?

Rand Paul cannot win because of 3 salient facts:

1. His Amnesty Proposal
2. His walking away from the Social issues of conservatism.
3. He vacillating on everything conservative looking for a set of policy positions that will get him the most votes (A LA Mitt Romney).
13 posted on 04/07/2014 8:08:52 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: freedomfiter2

Jeb Bush is making a very clear bid to sew up the voter loyalty of the 11 to 30 Million Illegal Alien Invaders from Mexico who have been bleeding the USA dry since the disastrous Reagan Amnesty of 1986.

Mrs. Bill Clinton will soon have to start making political speeches in Spanish.

As “both” political parties plunge in the race for the US financial bottom, my guess is that they will reach it - - - alone.

Wars have begun over a lot less of an invasion of territory.

It is time, for a change.


14 posted on 04/07/2014 8:28:09 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: SoConPubbie

OMG, I heard that interview today on CNN via XM Radio!!! Cruz is simply masterful at articulating conservative positions, as well as adroitly refuting liberal premises, such as Anderson Cooper threw at him. It’s not just WHAT he says, but HOW he says it. Just amazing.


15 posted on 04/07/2014 8:35:34 PM PDT by mtrott
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To: SoConPubbie
there has been renewed interest in former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Yeah, sure there has.

He let Terri Schiavo starve to death.

If he was right in the head and honorable he would make it clear he is not running.

Instead he walks around saying silly things about illegal aliens.

It's like a twilight zone episode

16 posted on 04/07/2014 8:43:13 PM PDT by Rome2000
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To: Rome2000

It seems I’m all Bushed out. Please, please, no more “compassionate conservatives”.


17 posted on 04/07/2014 9:02:38 PM PDT by mtrott
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To: Rome2000

Agreed. Jeb Bush is from an elitist Republican family but the problem is that Jeb is simply no longer Republican. Jeb may have been a Republican at one time in the past, but the fact is that Jeb has now become a liberal wanting to go even further left.

Jeb is playing a charade, pretending to be Republican, because being Republican is his only gateway to power.He is circumscribed by hos family hostory yet has devolved far away from his Republican roots.

What Jeb has said is that it is an act of love to NOT enforce current immigration laws. Next will it be an act of love for a man to murder his cheating wife?

Jeb Bush is a piece of work, hardly presidential material. He should be content with his smuggler wife and stay home eating Chimmichangas, and just go away for good.We would not need his potential first lady influencing any national policies of the United States on immigration or any other national interest. Why watch Leave it to Beaver? Thats just an old boring TV show.

If we wanted her, we would be nominating Mrs. Jeb Bush.


18 posted on 04/07/2014 9:07:53 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: sickoflibs
RE :”Cruz: Washington elites won't be effective at picking GOP nominee”

So far they been great at it.

Yes they have, and they will certainly give it the old college try again.

19 posted on 04/07/2014 9:24:05 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: SoConPubbie

Oh come on, look at the great picks they have had for us in the past. They gave us Doyle, Mcain and Romney! Ok, all 3 lost but they were great candidates, weren’t they?


20 posted on 04/07/2014 9:24:51 PM PDT by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of gun control?)
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To: SoConPubbie

“Love?” So, that’s what it’s called?

Why.... all this time I thought Americans were being scr#wed up the @ss by the failure of our authorities to control our borders.


21 posted on 04/07/2014 10:00:42 PM PDT by man_in_tx (Blowback (Faithfully farting towards Mecca five times daily).)
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To: SoConPubbie; P-Marlowe
"We need to be a nation that welcomes and celebrates legal immigrants, people who follow the rules, and come here according to the law," said Cruz in response. "Rule of law matters. And if you look at any sovereign nation, securing your border is critically important," said the freshman lawmaker. "We need to solve the problem to secure the borders and then improve and streamline legal immigration so people can come to America consistent with the rule of law," said Cruz.

Cruz is the obvious nominee for conservatives, if you ask me. He's correct on life, on immigration, on 2d amendment, on religious faith, on the economy, on government health care.

No other candidate is close.

22 posted on 04/08/2014 3:06:44 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

“The GOP wants Jeb Bush or Chris Christie but even they are not ignorant enough to think these two can win.”....

Don’t bet on it! Desperate people do desperate/stupid things.


23 posted on 04/08/2014 3:29:59 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: BurningOak
Cruz does not pander, and is willing to say hard truths and take unpopular principled positions. Is there still any room in our nation for such politicians?

Future elections will no longer turn on issues in our dumbed down USA. With the shift in demographics, it's become a simple numbers game: the gimme gimme crowd will overwhelm any serious, thoughtful candidates. It's not a bad deal. In return for all the government goodies dispensed to them, all they need to do is go vote once or twice a year, intelligent public discourse be damned.

24 posted on 04/08/2014 3:34:36 AM PDT by Salvey
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To: Progov

We need to coalesce around one candidate and not permit the divide and conquer strategy again to work against us.

Cruz is the obvious.

Palin is not even hinting that she’s running.

Paul is soft on amnesty, soft on defense.

Sessions isn’t running.


25 posted on 04/08/2014 3:35:18 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: SoConPubbie

“We need to solve the problem to secure the borders and then improve and streamline legal immigration so people can come to America consistent with the rule of law,”

bears repetition....


26 posted on 04/08/2014 4:25:33 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: SoConPubbie

Jumping in.....

There is excellent TV on at present. AMC has a series TURN that is set in 1776 involving Colonists living on Long Island.

Some are already Americans and some cling to being colonists and some are pure loyalist, and at least one can’t decide. It is of course fiction but the characters are sharply drawn.

The British are depicted as both cruel and paternal, depending on the individual.

It would seem we now have the same divisions. Most of all the people living in New York and north east have reverted to being loyalists, colonials. The Americans live in the wide spaces of Fly over country

The show is on AMC


27 posted on 04/08/2014 4:35:29 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: Graewoulf

Somebody Quarantine Jeb... Immediately


28 posted on 04/08/2014 7:02:34 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: MeshugeMikey; Gaffer; skeeter; All

My two part, 17 Trillion Dollar question to the “Republican” Democrat Wanna-Bees such as Rand Paul, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Rick Santorum, and ALL of the Republican US House and Senate leadership is as follows:

” 1.) Is it POSSIBLE for the US Republican Party to actually learn from the mistakes of the cowardly, cave-in, doormat status that they have lock-step chosen to follow;

2.) Or, will the US Republican Party continue to refuse to EVOLVE and ADAPT as they have in the past with the failed National Presidential Campaigns of Dole, McCain and Romney?”

Darwin postulated that “Survival of the Fittest” kept the gene pool alive.

Time will tell if the US Republican Party wants to survive, or continue to DIE among the unfit.

aaaaaaaAAAAAARLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooo - - - - - - -


29 posted on 04/08/2014 7:18:41 AM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Graewoulf
The people you named do not care so much about the party - or country - as they do themselves - and personally they are doing fine.
30 posted on 04/08/2014 7:22:27 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: skeeter

Surely you are not suggesting that the US Republican Party is terminally infected with the dreaded GENERAL BULL MOOSE SYNDROME ?

Say it ain’t so.


31 posted on 04/08/2014 7:29:08 AM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: SoConPubbie

They are too much concerned with whose turn it is rather than the good of the Republic.


32 posted on 04/08/2014 8:25:26 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Graewoulf
If America is willing to put up with what the Demowacks may have in sotre for us POST Obamaville....they will ALLOW another McCainBush candidate to emerge as candidate I hope were stong emough to just say no!


33 posted on 04/08/2014 8:58:33 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Graewoulf
Surely you are not suggesting that the US Republican Party is terminally infected with the dreaded GENERAL BULL MOOSE SYNDROME ?

My prediction for 2016 is, if by some miracle Americans come to their senses and select Cruz or Walker, or even Paul in the primaries as the candidate, Karl "Squeals like a pig" Rove will back Hillary. And so will Jeb and Christie. They are America hating globalists and they're not about to lose to a bunch of filthy Constitutionalists having come this close to securing the NWO.

34 posted on 04/08/2014 3:56:23 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: Sirius Lee

What is good for General Bull Moose Doormat Republican is good for the Republican Party.

Americans will not “come to its senses” until there is pain to them personally.

The most likely personal pain will come to Americans when foreign entities stop buying US Treasury Bonds, which will then cause the 40 % of welfare “entitlement” expenditure funding to be reduced to zero.

At that time B. Hussein will be “forced” to Nationalize all US Oil and Gas Pipelines in order to pay for Obamacare, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Aid to Dependent children; Rent and medical aid to Illegal Alien Invaders from Mexico, jet fuel for his personal Corporate Jet (Air Force One), and other “fair shot” welfare entitlement programs.


35 posted on 04/08/2014 6:39:48 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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