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Ted Cruz faces 2016 skeptics in South Carolina
Politico ^ | 04/16/2014 | By MANU RAJU

Posted on 04/16/2014 12:42:33 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

CHARLESTON, S.C. — It didn’t take much for Ted Cruz to bring a crowd of conservatives to its feet here.

By the time the Texas Republican senator finished speaking Tuesday night, an adoring audience hailed Cruz and his no-compromise, combative style of conservatism that has made him the scourge of the GOP establishment but a hero of the tea party.

“Liberty is under assault today like never before,” Cruz said, pacing the stage like a televangelist.

But even in deep-red South Carolina, a well-received speech full of Cruz’s signature flair is no guarantee that the firebrand politician could win the early primary state in a run for his party’s presidential nomination in 2016.

The Republican Party here, as in many other states, has many factions. And in interviews with activists and GOP leaders across the state, a common theme emerges: Cruz can clearly energize the far right, but he has yet to demonstrate he can pull together the necessary coalition of business-minded Republicans, libertarians, social and fiscal conservatives and moderate-leaning voters who are eager to see a Republican win the White House come 2016.

“Electability — that will be his challenge,” said Republican Lindsey Graham, South Carolina’s senior senator. “He’s got to show he can put the patchwork together.”

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: 2016; 2016goprimary; cruz2016; sc2016; southcarolina; tedcruz

1 posted on 04/16/2014 12:42:34 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

This article was written by Politico - how the hell would they even know what conservatives like those in SO Carolina would feel? The article twists what was certainly a great night for Ted Cruz into questioning whether conservatives would feel about him?

I wish they would have sent Leigh Munsil to do the article: she covers military stuff for them and comes from a long line of REAL CONSERVATIVES...a true voice in an otherwise liberal bastion!


2 posted on 04/16/2014 12:48:22 PM PDT by princess leah
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To: SeekAndFind

Reagan had electability. So did W. We need a conservative who can win the center without giving up his or her principles. Cruz may be that guy. Time will tell.


3 posted on 04/16/2014 12:50:26 PM PDT by Tulane
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To: SeekAndFind; stylecouncilor

“Electability,” say Mizz Lindsey.

Hmm....


4 posted on 04/16/2014 12:50:39 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: SeekAndFind

The GOP tries for the moderates and independents on both sides, and would love to get the far left, and despise the right

Cruz appeals to the right, will appeal to anyone with a brain that works. That leaves out the libs. He can get all the moderates and even the far left who think more tha reactionary libs

Watch out


5 posted on 04/16/2014 12:52:06 PM PDT by stanne
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To: SeekAndFind
If Cruz wins the GOP candidacy WHAT will the Hispanic-Americans do!?

ONE OF THEIR OWN...NOT passing out the guacamole for free!! A REPUBLICAN!! Oh no!!

:o)

6 posted on 04/16/2014 12:52:43 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: SeekAndFind

This whole article is based on comments by the ultimate GOP-E Backstabber Lindsey Graham.

Who in the hell cares what that nancy boy had to say?

Especially when it comes to electability?


7 posted on 04/16/2014 12:55:08 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SeekAndFind; ColdOne; Monterrosa-24; ilgipper; exnavy; MarMema; Bikkuri; o2bfree; 12th_Monkey; ...

Ted Cruz Ping!

GOP-E backstabber Lindsey Graham tries to tell us that Ted Cruz is not electable at the national level.


8 posted on 04/16/2014 12:56:42 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SeekAndFind
RE :”The Republican Party here, as in many other states, has many factions. And in interviews with activists and GOP leaders across the state, a common theme emerges: Cruz can clearly energize the far right, but he has yet to demonstrate he can pull together the necessary coalition of business-minded Republicans, libertarians, social and fiscal conservatives and moderate-leaning voters who are eager to see a Republican win the White House come 2016. “

Rand Paul seems to be spending a lot of words trying to convince them that he is electable.

Example : He would re-phrase Jeb Bush statement on illegals acting out of ‘love’

Lets see if a warm and fuzzy Ted Cruz appears to compete with it.

9 posted on 04/16/2014 12:56:50 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama : 'You can keep your doctor if you want. I never tell a lie ')
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To: SeekAndFind
It didn’t take much for Ted Cruz to bring a crowd of conservatives to its feet here.

Unlike Slick Willie's wife who has people taking the shoes off their feet and sailing them towards her. LOL!

10 posted on 04/16/2014 12:59:28 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Cruz and his no-compromise, combative style of conservatism

I am still waiting for an example of this. He is neither unwilling to compromise, nor combative.

11 posted on 04/16/2014 1:00:28 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: SoConPubbie

Did she coyly simper when she said that?


12 posted on 04/16/2014 1:05:23 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (FIGHT! FIGHT! SEVERE CONSERVATIVE AND THE WILD RIGHT!)
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To: SoConPubbie

Lindy McGrahamesty’s main man squeeze wasn’t born on American soil either, but I’m 100% positive McGrahamnesty support McStain for president without even a whimper.

Ted Cruz was born to a 100% qualified American mother living temporarily in Canada. He’s every bit as qualified to be president of the USA as Panama born McStain. Even more so, because, unlike McStain and his buttboy McGrahamnesty, Ted Cruz is a loyal American patriot who loves Liberty and defends the U.S. Constitution to the hilt!!


13 posted on 04/16/2014 1:06:50 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: princess leah

Writers at Politico are idiots.


14 posted on 04/16/2014 1:09:40 PM PDT by Fledermaus (I support Joe Carr in the TN GOP Primary against Lamar!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Once again Linda proves his ability to be absolutely wrong!


15 posted on 04/16/2014 1:21:57 PM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: PoloSec

Why are people suddenly giving Lindsay Graham FEMALE names?

Do you know something that isn’t explicitly made public? :)


16 posted on 04/16/2014 1:24:20 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: SeekAndFind
“Electability — that will be his challenge,” said Republican Lindsey Graham, South Carolina’s senior senator. “He’s got to show he can put the patchwork together.”

Got that far then I barfed.

17 posted on 04/16/2014 1:25:02 PM PDT 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: SeekAndFind
LOL. Planted article at pollutico, flop sweating over the potential of a President Ted Cruz ....

The misleading headline, which contradicts the content of the article:

Ted Cruz faces 2016 skeptics in South Carolina

By the time the Texas Republican senator finished speaking Tuesday night, an adoring audience hailed Cruz and his no-compromise, combative style of conservatism that has made him the scourge of the GOP establishment but a hero of the tea party.

I've got whiplash pollutico, which is it? Skeptics or adorers?

“Electability — that will be his challenge,” said Republican Lindsey Graham, South Carolina’s senior senator. “He’s got to show he can put the patchwork together.”

Aha! So the skeptic is Lady Lindsey?! The mini-me to the AZ senile senator who called Senator Cruz a whacko-bird?! Surely you can come up with a more objective skeptic?!

Rep. Mick Mulvaney said the Texas senator “fell flat” and “missed an opportunity” to show he can lead the country and the party out of the political wilderness when he spoke last May in Columbia, S.C., at the Silver Elephant Dinner.

“It was the same old, same old,” said Mulvaney, a Republican who represents the northern part of the state and was elected in the tea party wave of 2010. “It’s the same thing you see on Fox News every single night. I guess that’s fine for a certain segment of the Republican primary base in South Carolina ...

Who is this turkey? He sounds like a northeast liberal not the tea party wave. Slamming Fox News like a liberal ... in South Carolina?! Isn't he aware that Newt Gingrich won South Carolina primary in 2012?!

Total FAIL by the pollutico team. Very entertaining.

18 posted on 04/16/2014 1:26:31 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Politico. My favorite source for news on the conservative front. :-)


19 posted on 04/16/2014 1:33:11 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Surprise, surprise, surprise....Politico doing a hit piece on Ted Cruz. Who would ever expected that?


20 posted on 04/16/2014 1:38:50 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s not sudden and it should be obvious as to “why”.


21 posted on 04/16/2014 1:54:29 PM PDT by Andy'smom
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To: Jim Robinson
Ted Cruz was born to a 100% qualified American mother living temporarily in Canada. He’s every bit as qualified to be president of the USA as Panama born McStain. Even more so, because, unlike McStain and his buttboy McGrahamnesty, Ted Cruz is a loyal American patriot who loves Liberty and defends the U.S. Constitution to the hilt!!

Amen Jim!
22 posted on 04/16/2014 2:41:17 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: stanne

How soon they forget that SC went for Newt Gingrich. They will go with Cruz IF he runs


23 posted on 04/16/2014 3:15:29 PM PDT by katiedidit1
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To: Tulane
Reagan had electability. So did W.

Reagan had about 10 times more, he would have mopped the floor with Gore and Kerry, even with the less friendly demographics that Bush faced.

24 posted on 04/16/2014 3:40:27 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: SoConPubbie; alarm rider; Alex1977; at bay; Babsig; BILL_C; bnelson44; ColdOne; DesScorp; G.Love; ..
GOP-E backstabber Lindsey Graham tries to tell us that Ted Cruz is not electable at the national level.

Pardon me for pinging the linda list to this article.

25 posted on 04/16/2014 4:56:02 PM PDT by upchuck (Support ABLE, the Anybody But Lindsey Effort. Yes, we are the ABLE!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Goober Graham can take his “electability” and shove it up his arse.


26 posted on 04/16/2014 5:09:37 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: katiedidit1

Yes. Politico is plying the frightened preschooler here.


27 posted on 04/16/2014 5:19:53 PM PDT by stanne
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To: upchuck
Pardon me for pinging the linda list to this article.

Wow. And I actually read a little of this article.

(If Newt can win a Presidential primary here, so could Ted.)
28 posted on 04/16/2014 5:43:24 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: SeekAndFind

Electability. We have been hearing that from RINO losers for 8 years now. What do they know about “electability”? They have no current success to back up that they are electable. The proof that a RINO is electable is not there. The RINOS have no proof that they are electable. Period.


29 posted on 04/16/2014 5:48:09 PM PDT by dforest
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To: sickoflibs

Just asking. Who would be a great GOP candidate to you? I am trying to find a good one.


30 posted on 04/16/2014 5:50:02 PM PDT by dforest
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To: SeekAndFind

I want Ted Cruz!

if he doesn’t run, I probably won’t
vote.


31 posted on 04/16/2014 5:54:46 PM PDT by krunkygirl (force multiplier in effect...)
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To: Servant of the Cross

“Rep. Mick Mulvaney said the Texas senator “fell flat” and “missed an opportunity” to show he can lead the country and the party out of the political wilderness when he spoke last May in Columbia, S.C., at the Silver Elephant Dinner. “It was the same old, same old,” said Mulvaney”

I had not seen that quote from Mulvaney before. That’s another disappointment from him, along with recent reports of his willingness to consider illegal invader “legalization” along with Trey Gowdy.


32 posted on 04/16/2014 6:01:09 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Cruz did the respectable thing and did not stab his fellow senators, so this is how Lindsay-girl pays him back?

I think he is justified now in supporting Grahams primary opponent.

And the news this would generate would help OTHER primary opponents without having to address them specifically


33 posted on 04/17/2014 8:07:36 AM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period. PALIN/CRUZ 2016)
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