Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Ted Cruz Is Beating Rand Paul in the Tea Party Primary
The Atlantic ^ | Apr 14 2014, 2:51 PM ET | Molly Ball

Posted on 04/14/2014 5:58:04 PM PDT by SoConPubbie

The two men's presidential hopes rest on appeals to the right-wing grassroots—and those voters seem to prefer Cruz.

MANCHESTER, N.H.—Rand Paul has been methodically planning his run for president. Now Ted Cruz could come along and spoil the whole thing.

Both senators have a path to the Republican nomination that rests on the support of the Tea Party. And when forced to choose, that segment appears to prefer Cruz, whose speech to an activists' gathering here over the weekend was the more enthusiastically received of the two.

Saturday's Freedom Summit, billed as an early audition for potential 2016 candidates, provided a rare opportunity for right-wing activists to directly compare the Texan and the Kentuckian. The senators spoke practically back to back, and the crowd clearly loved them both. But Cruz's theatrical delivery wowed them more than Paul's comparatively cerebral appeal, and his rhetorical focus on conservative red meat found more favor than Paul's detours into libertarian concerns.

"I like Rand Paul, I agree with a lot of what he says, but as far as charismatic leadership, I've got to go with Ted Cruz," Robin Parkhurst, a state-government worker from Newbury, New Hampshire, said after hearing both men speak at the event. "Ted Cruz has the ability to deliver a message that resonates with people."

Parkhurst was one of several at the summit to echo that sentiment. It was a dramatic demonstration of a dynamic political watchers have speculated about—Cruz's ability to steal Paul's thunder if both seek the 2016 GOP nomination.

And seeking the nomination is something both men seem inclined to pursue. Both headlined weekend events with the New Hampshire Republican Party in addition to appearing at the summit, which was sponsored by Citizens United and Americans for Prosperity. (Yes, the Supreme Court plaintiff that helped deregulate

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Kentucky; US: New Hampshire; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: cruz; freedomsummit; kentucky; newhampshire; rand; randpaul; robinparkhurst; tedcruz; texas

"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 04/14/2014 5:58:04 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie; ColdOne; Monterrosa-24; ilgipper; exnavy; MarMema; Bikkuri; o2bfree; 12th_Monkey; ...
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 04/14/2014 5:58:29 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie

Not surprising.

Cruz is the real thing.

Rand’s way better then a lotta people but...we know he’s hedging on some things.

Cruz...WYSIWYG.


3 posted on 04/14/2014 6:01:12 PM PDT by Regulator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie

I like them both. But Cruz is more the traditional Reagan conservative. Not sure I could trust Paul on military and foreign affairs.


4 posted on 04/14/2014 6:02:04 PM PDT by nhwingut (This tagline is for lease)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie

i have an idea,lets just have a co-president thing!,whether its a paul/cruz or cruz/paul ticket,one will be president Monday thru Thursday,and the other will be President,Fri.Sat.Sun. and when both are out of town,White House Chef Chris Christie can work the oval office.


5 posted on 04/14/2014 6:03:00 PM PDT by Cruz_West_Paul2016
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie

Go, Cruz, GO!!


6 posted on 04/14/2014 6:03:38 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie

Go Ted Cruz!


7 posted on 04/14/2014 6:04:30 PM PDT by jazusamo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nhwingut

Ditto...


8 posted on 04/14/2014 6:07:03 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie

Go and read the comments to this piece ...... or don’t if you don’t want to get depressed.


9 posted on 04/14/2014 6:07:49 PM PDT by Ditter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cruz_West_Paul2016

That didn’t work for Ronald Reagan/Gerald Ford and it won’t work now. We’re you aware that that was proposed in 1980?


10 posted on 04/14/2014 6:08:25 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

yes! funny u brought this up,I can still remember the night it was on the news (i was just a teen then),but yes,even down to what i heard coming from the TV,something about Ford would accept the deal so long as he saw it as a co-presidency.that would of been such a great ticket! I loved Ford! he was so cool.


11 posted on 04/14/2014 6:11:13 PM PDT by Cruz_West_Paul2016
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie

Shamnesty Paulista went RINO fat boi NJ.


12 posted on 04/14/2014 6:12:52 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

actually it would be a bad idea.it would be like Bush/Cheney all over again.we need two Presidents! Unlike now when we don’t have any.


13 posted on 04/14/2014 6:15:02 PM PDT by Cruz_West_Paul2016
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: VRWC For Truth

I was able to see the “Spawn of Ron” on Mackinac Island last year speak right after Bobby Jindal. Jindal made “Spawn” look like silly string at a party......gone in 30 seconds. There are stronger candidates than Paul. Primary season will be fun.


14 posted on 04/14/2014 6:18:29 PM PDT by Michigan Bowhunter (Patriots needed!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie

Awesome!


15 posted on 04/14/2014 6:24:27 PM PDT by laffnatu
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie

CRUZ TO VICTORY.


16 posted on 04/14/2014 6:24:51 PM PDT by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVEN WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie

Primary? There’s a Primary? Who knew?


17 posted on 04/14/2014 6:26:19 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie

I also prefer Cruz to Paul.


18 posted on 04/14/2014 6:28:16 PM PDT by samtheman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nhwingut

Cruz has it. Rand gets it from polls.


19 posted on 04/14/2014 6:29:36 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie

Ted Cruz will be the next President. It will be 1980 again.


20 posted on 04/14/2014 6:35:59 PM PDT by Signalman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Signalman

Ted Cruz will be the first Historic President since Reagan.


21 posted on 04/14/2014 6:44:28 PM PDT by Cruz_West_Paul2016
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Cruz_West_Paul2016

Its time to coalesce around a candidate now.

TED CRUZ IS THE GUY TO GET THE JOB DONE.

The longer we wait to decide, the worse...TEA PARTY/Conservatives pick TED !


22 posted on 04/14/2014 6:55:44 PM PDT by gwgn02
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie

I haven’t settled on a candidate yet. I just want a good conservative this time. Ted Cruz is one of the ones on my short list. Rand Paul is not.


23 posted on 04/14/2014 7:04:46 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands (Conservative 2016!! The Dole, H.W. Bush, McCain, Romney experiment has failed.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: gwgn02

he is gonna rock the world come debate time! will make the rest seem like amateurs! (well,except Rand).


24 posted on 04/14/2014 7:06:00 PM PDT by Cruz_West_Paul2016
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: gwgn02

can anyone imagine Cruz debating Hillary? we wont stop laughing!


25 posted on 04/14/2014 7:06:55 PM PDT by Cruz_West_Paul2016
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: Ditter

“Go and read the comments to this piece ...... or don’t if you don’t want to get depressed.”

Not depressed. Only leftists read the Atlantic. That comment section is akin to going to a dinner party on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.


26 posted on 04/14/2014 7:10:00 PM PDT by BlueStateRightist (Government is best which governs least.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie
It is CRITICAL that we have a decent (or excellent) candidate this next election year.

Mitt was not enough to spare us from four more years of misery.

Please let's make sure we have a candidate who can win next time.

27 posted on 04/14/2014 7:28:04 PM PDT by MarMema (Run Ted Run)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie

Rand Paul is palling around with McConnell here lately. What does that tell you?


28 posted on 04/14/2014 7:33:30 PM PDT by lee martell
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cruz_West_Paul2016

The doormat won’t debate.


29 posted on 04/14/2014 8:02:47 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie
Cruz is very hard for any candidate to deal with, he knows what he believes and why he believs it, he could care less about pandering to any person or groups, what you see is what you get, Cruz is a leader that knows how to inspire people and gain their Trust, Confidence and Loyalty in order to restore and maintain a Free Republic. IMO!

Cruz 2016!

30 posted on 04/14/2014 8:19:37 PM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie

Not to mention that Rand is turning to to be Ron Paul. He has shifted his views considerably over the past year. He is dangerously close to the leftists on too many issues and wants to declare that the values leg of the 3 legged stool is not necessary in the platform. He could not be more wrong. Values are what made America itself, apart from the valueless countries it was in competition with. Judeo-Christian values that set the love of God and loving your neighbor as yourself in high regard. Shoot, if we ALL lived like that, we would have no crime, but now the elites and the libertarians say we don’t need values to win. Well, play that game and you will see that the outcome will not be pretty. And it will be over for the GOP forever, as no one will ever trust them to actually be conservative ever again.


31 posted on 04/14/2014 9:27:32 PM PDT by Shery (in APO Land)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie
Cruz is the man IMO......Paul is just another one in the dynasty lines they keep putting out there "For" us to vote for. Just like this guy....


32 posted on 04/14/2014 9:29:38 PM PDT by caww
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Shery
Not to mention that Rand is turning to to be Ron Paul. He has shifted his views considerably over the past year. He is dangerously close to the leftists on too many issues and wants to declare that the values leg of the 3 legged stool is not necessary in the platform. He could not be more wrong. Values are what made America itself, apart from the valueless countries it was in competition with. Judeo-Christian values that set the love of God and loving your neighbor as yourself in high regard. Shoot, if we ALL lived like that, we would have no crime, but now the elites and the libertarians say we don’t need values to win. Well, play that game and you will see that the outcome will not be pretty. And it will be over for the GOP forever, as no one will ever trust them to actually be conservative ever again.

Amen!
33 posted on 04/14/2014 9:29:42 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: PoloSec
Cruz is very hard for any candidate to deal with, he knows what he believes and why he believs it, he could care less about pandering to any person or groups, what you see is what you get, Cruz is a leader that knows how to inspire people and gain their Trust, Confidence and Loyalty in order to restore and maintain a Free Republic. IMO!

Hear! Hear!
34 posted on 04/14/2014 9:31:25 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: Cruz_West_Paul2016
Hillary won't run...too tired and too old....even another face lift isn't going to help...she's done IMO. ... They may make it look like she's running, but she'll bow out. I'm more interested to see who will be running against her...they will be my slam target.


35 posted on 04/14/2014 9:39:59 PM PDT by caww
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie

Cruz will not run. He knows that he is ineligible to the office of president or vice president.

I like CANADA, been there many times. I drink Canadian beer. I want my president to be born in AMERICA, not CANADA!

It’s bad enough that we allowed someone born in Kenya to become president, but we can’t continue to bastardize the office of president by allowing ineligible people to continue to occupy that office. Even when they are good guys and we agree with them on issues.

Primary opponents will make it an issue, Democrats will make it an issue. It will be a HUGH distraction.

Is it not fundamental that the president be born in the U.S.A.? Even low information voters will understand that the president needs to be born here.

Ted Cruz is a great American. I love the guy, he’s just not eligible. I wish he was.


36 posted on 04/14/2014 9:55:30 PM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: faucetman
Regardless of how this issue is viewed in the "NBC" fever swamps - in the real world, Cruz was born a U.S. citizen and is eligible to be President.
37 posted on 04/14/2014 10:08:13 PM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie

CRUZ/WEST


38 posted on 04/14/2014 10:14:39 PM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie
Saturday's Freedom Summit, billed as an early audition for potential 2016 candidates, provided a rare opportunity for right-wing activists to directly compare the Texan and the Kentuckian. The senators spoke practically back to back, and the crowd clearly loved them both. But Cruz's theatrical delivery wowed them more than Paul's comparatively cerebral appeal, and his rhetorical focus on conservative red meat found more favor than Paul's detours into libertarian concerns.

"I like Rand Paul, I agree with a lot of what he says, but as far as charismatic leadership, I've got to go with Ted Cruz," Robin Parkhurst, a state-government worker from Newbury, New Hampshire, said

This is written by a Democrat with the usual spin, code words and memes. The audience is 'right wing'. Cruz is 'theatrical', delivering 'red meat'. Squishy conservative Paul is 'cerebral', compared to that Neanderthal Cruz who is 'charismatic'. The author outs the state worker as a Cruz supporter, noting exactly where she works. I wonder how long her government job will last?

39 posted on 04/15/2014 4:18:10 AM PDT by Kennard
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: caww

well,worst case scenario,she will either hire a “Deaf Interpreter”,or a “Progressive Ventriloquist Dummy” to take her place.


40 posted on 04/15/2014 4:45:00 AM PDT by Cruz_West_Paul2016
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie
Foreign policy and immigration will destroy Rand Paul's chances at the nomination.

I don't know where Cruz stands on immigration.

41 posted on 04/15/2014 5:39:30 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (You can have a free country or government schools. Choose one.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie
"Ted Cruz has the ability to deliver a message that resonates with people."

That is why President Reagan could connect and inspire the people in this country and around the world.

42 posted on 04/15/2014 7:28:46 AM PDT by painter ( Isaiah: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Michigan Bowhunter

Great metaphor! I hope that the big guns such as Mark Levin and Glenn Beck get behind Ted for President ASAP. Rand is good on some issues, but why settle for half a loaf, when the whole loaf is avaiable? Bob


43 posted on 04/15/2014 8:07:33 AM PDT by alstewartfan (Now winter moans in old men's bones As the day falls into dark. Al Stewart)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Jabba the Nutt

Ted stands for enforcing existing law. Bob


44 posted on 04/15/2014 8:08:22 AM PDT by alstewartfan (Now winter moans in old men's bones As the day falls into dark. Al Stewart)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

To: painter

I hope, I pray, that we get to watch President Cruz sworn in in 2017 and I hope he picks Rand Paul for Treasury Sec or head of DHS, Dr. Carson as head of HHS, Col. West as SECDEF, Sheriff Arpaio as AG DOJ, and Sarah Palin as either SECSTATE or at the very minimum, head of BLM.


45 posted on 04/15/2014 1:55:56 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: alstewartfan

That’s the simplist solution.


46 posted on 04/15/2014 1:59:19 PM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (You can have a free country or government schools. Choose one.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]

To: faucetman

Cruz is fully eligible and fully American.


47 posted on 04/15/2014 5:22:15 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: Sirius Lee

I think Sara Palin would be perfect as SEC of Interior.


48 posted on 04/16/2014 7:29:18 AM PDT by painter ( Isaiah: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 45 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson