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Cruz wins presidential straw poll at GOP summit
Yahoo/AP ^ | 5-31-14

Posted on 06/01/2014 2:29:14 AM PDT by kingattax

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has won the latest 2016 presidential straw poll at a conservative summit in Louisiana.

Cruz took 30 percent of the vote at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans. He edged out conservative speaker and author Ben Carson.

Organizers at the annual conference say about a third out of 1,500 delegates voted in the straw poll. Delegates had to pay to register for the conference and vote in the straw poll.

Cruz promised delegates Saturday to continue his uncompromising approach on Capitol Hill.

Carson did not address delegates before the voting.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Texas Gov. Rick Perry trailed Cruz and Carson in the poll

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President Cruz ?
1 posted on 06/01/2014 2:29:14 AM PDT by kingattax
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To: kingattax

Why not have them both on the ballot.

Cruz/Carson, they would certainly make a great team.


2 posted on 06/01/2014 3:30:19 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: kingattax

That would be nice, an America ready to work again instead of RINO votes from laziness. All these liberals pro abort congrat themselves for gaining votes paid by the national debt, driving us to incompetent oblivion.

The 60s are a cancre that will be bloted out one way or another.


3 posted on 06/01/2014 3:38:46 AM PDT 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: DaveA37

Until Carson either straightens himself out on the 2nd Amendment or if he buys a vowel from the Constitutional Wheel of Fortune to help figure it out, the best he can do in any administration I envision is at best Secretary of HHS (and that is a stretch) or simply the Surgeon General.


4 posted on 06/01/2014 3:54:05 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: DaveA37

Carson is a pro-amnesty gun-grabber!


5 posted on 06/01/2014 4:06:59 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: kingattax

CRUZ CONTROL


6 posted on 06/01/2014 4:22:12 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Do NOT suffer fools gladly┬ůand message boards are full contact arenas)
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To: kingattax

I was listening to Reince Preibus on a local talk show the other day and he was commenting on the deep bench that the republicans have in the 2016 race. He was naming potential candidates and the names he came up with were Chris Christie, Paul Ryan, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker. Ted Cruz never figured in his list.


7 posted on 06/01/2014 4:26:59 AM PDT by Moorings
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To: Moorings; kingattax

Not trying to start an argument (I am actually curious), but why WOULD Preibus list his name? What are Cruz’ qualifications to do the job of President? What has he done that shows that he has the executive experience to run the government? I agree with him on major issues and enjoy watching him take on the left, but that doesn’t mean he knows how to be president.


8 posted on 06/01/2014 4:36:03 AM PDT by BruceS
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To: kingattax

I would gladly support Cruz 2016, but I think we’ll need a Conservative woman to win. I don’t wish to promote identity politics, but that’s were we are.


9 posted on 06/01/2014 4:40:01 AM PDT by TwelveOfTwenty (See my home page for some of my answers to the left's talking points.)
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To: BruceS; kingattax
Well, why don't they let the primary voters decide if he is qualified or not? If you are the RNC chair, why excluded one of the most prominent conservative names? Is it up to Reince Preibus to decide who is acceptable and who is not?

As to his qualifications, I am not going to re-hash what has been posted many times on this forum. One of the other freepers has a bio that I have seen several times.

10 posted on 06/01/2014 4:44:39 AM PDT by Moorings
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To: BruceS

There is a pattern of promoting and pushing left wing republican candidates who support establishment left wing priorities. This is just another example.


11 posted on 06/01/2014 4:50:04 AM PDT by Moorings
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To: kingattax

Interesting exercise ... but Senators generally make poor Presidents ... the current pResident makes this statement convincingly.

We have many exceptional governors available ... that is the population from which we should select.


12 posted on 06/01/2014 4:54:22 AM PDT by ByteMercenary (Healthcare Insurance is *NOT* a Constitutional right.)
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To: BruceS

What are his qualifications to be President?

Well, for one, he did exactly what he told his constituents he would do. And he got a hero’s welcome when he returned home. He certainly has excitement on his side.


13 posted on 06/01/2014 5:04:49 AM PDT by YepYep (Build the America you want at your address, and keep looking up.--Sarah Palin)
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To: YepYep
He certainly has excitement on his side.

So did Obama.

Look, I like Senator Cruz. He's a great guy, a great conservative. But he has no executive experience and we have painfully learned over the past 6 years that the presidency is no place for on-the-job training.

Is there not a good conservative governor out there who will throw his hat into the ring?

14 posted on 06/01/2014 5:09:23 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: TwelveOfTwenty
we'll need a conservative woman to win

We need a strong, wise proven constitutional conservative with good instincts in fast-moving events. Everyone in the US knows the country is on the slippery slope to the trash heap of civilizations that self-destructed. The disagreement is about what to do about it.

The US needs a strong father figure that gives us confidence and makes us feel secure. Someone who has a track record for good decisions and voting. That's what will bring voters over to the constitutional conservative side.

A conservative woman (I assume you're promoting Martinez) will not bring over women who want a female pres and have committed to hillary. An attractive, articulate, take-charge guy will. We need an American equivalent of Putin.

15 posted on 06/01/2014 5:17:10 AM PDT by grania
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To: Beagle8U

“Carson is a pro-amnesty gun-grabber!”......

Guess I was not paying close enough attention.


16 posted on 06/01/2014 5:19:07 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: BruceS
re: Cruz for president

I thought he was our no-brainer choice until he showed his weakness on foreign policy. He's too much bang-the-drums on world affairs, rather than being the nuanced, analytic and careful force in world affairs who could "play chess with Putin".

He seems to have taken sides on Ukraine. I don't get that....it's not impossible that their civil war could spill over to the US. He didn't demand something dramatic like closing the main road to Mexico to get that marine out of the Mexican jail. Has he spoken out forcefully about the US arming terrorists in Syria (playing too nice with McCain?)

I suspect it's that Cruz's strength isn't foreign affairs. I just wonder if there's anyone since Dan Quayle who's had those skills.

17 posted on 06/01/2014 5:28:22 AM PDT by grania
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To: kingattax
President Cruz ?

Not just yes, but HELL yes!

18 posted on 06/01/2014 5:30:42 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: BruceS
The evidence is that a less-than-one-term US Senator is unqualified to lead the executive branch of the federal government. Legislators can take various positions all day long without much consequence except to their own re-election prospects. A president or governor has no such luxury when it comes to putting folks into positions implementing policy and monitoring/managing those implementations.
19 posted on 06/01/2014 5:36:35 AM PDT by sefarkas (Why vote Democrat Lite?)
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To: Drew68
But he has no executive experience and we have painfully learned over the past 6 years that the presidency is no place for on-the-job training.

The problem with the Obama presidency is NOT a problem of LACK OF EXPERIENCE.

The problem with the Obama presidency is THE DIRECTION OF HIS POLICIES.

Obama has been VERY SUCCESSFUL at doing exactly what he said he was going to do: fundamentally change the United States.

His use of executive agencies to usurp power and subvert and destroy the Constitution has been nothing short of MASTERFUL.

So please, don't give me any of that experience crap. I hate that argument. Obama had no experience, and essentially has no leadership skills, but with the POWER OF THE PRESIDENCY he was able to perform deep surgery on the American System and effect profound (and to anyone who loves freedom and America, horrible) change. Did he do it all himself? Of course not. He's a little faggot pin-up boy. But he's got the power. And he's got his friends. And his power and his friends have worked amazing changes (evil changes) in America.

The only way we can counter those changes is to elect someone who is truly conservative. Mitt Frickin Romney had "experience". And what a dufus he was. And what a dufus president he would have been.

20 posted on 06/01/2014 5:39:04 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: samtheman
Obama has been VERY SUCCESSFUL at doing exactly what he said he was going to do: fundamentally change the United States.

Put down the Konspiracy Kool-Aid. Obama has been a failure at every step of the way. His policies have failed. He's lost the media and fellow Democrats are distancing themselves from him. Contrast this with Bill Clinton who, for all his foibles, at least knew what the hell he was doing.

21 posted on 06/01/2014 5:52:35 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: mazda77

Carson is also a Seventh Day Adventist. If you think the media had fun with LDS and Mitt, wait until SDA beliefs get highlighted in a campaign.


22 posted on 06/01/2014 5:58:09 AM PDT by peyton randolph (Show me the man and I will find the crime. - Lavrenti Beria)
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To: grania
We need a strong, wise proven constitutional conservative with good instincts in fast-moving events.

That doesn't disqualify a woman.

Everyone in the US knows the country is on the slippery slope to the trash heap of civilizations that self-destructed.

The flukes, homosexuals, union bosses, and takers that elected Obama seem to think he has us on the right path. You and I know better, but we need to convince the middle.

The disagreement is about what to do about it.

Americans voted for this, TWICE.

The US needs a strong father figure that gives us confidence and makes us feel secure. Someone who has a track record for good decisions and voting. That's what will bring voters over to the constitutional conservative side.

Agree for the most part, but why a "father figure".

A conservative woman (I assume you're promoting Martinez) will not bring over women who want a female pres and have committed to hillary.

Not necessarily Martinez, but no one on our side is going to win over the "Ready for Hillary" voters. Not Cruz, not Bachmann, not even another Reagan. We need to win over the middle.

An attractive, articulate, take-charge guy will. We need an American equivalent of Putin.

Not that again. Putin was a thug in the KGB that lost to Reagan. His only advantage is who we elected to deal with him.

We need another Reagan. We don't need to disqualify candidates who might fit that bill because they weren't born with the same plumbing.

23 posted on 06/01/2014 5:58:28 AM PDT by TwelveOfTwenty (See my home page for some of my answers to the left's talking points.)
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To: Drew68

Clinton’s only saving grace was that he inherited the Tech Boom and the end of the Cold War, neither of which were his doing. But he was President when the Tech Boom created all of those jobs, and the tax revenue and the end of the Cold War allowed for the “balanced budget”, so he got the credit.


24 posted on 06/01/2014 6:03:01 AM PDT by TwelveOfTwenty (See my home page for some of my answers to the left's talking points.)
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To: kingattax

The RINO’s will win again as we all vote for various candidates in the primaries unless we all unify behind one candidate before the process begins.

Cruz, Palin, Beck, Levin should all get on the same page.

That didn’t happen in Kentucky the other week and Mitch McConnell won.

I could unify behind Cruz....


25 posted on 06/01/2014 6:15:51 AM PDT by Nextrush (AFFORDABLE CARE ACT=HEALTHCARE= INDUSTRY BAILOUT ACT)
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To: Moorings

Who does Reine-out represent? The GOPe!


26 posted on 06/01/2014 6:50:48 AM PDT by X-spurt (CRUZ missile - armed and ready.)
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To: BruceS

“qualifications to do the job of President? What has he done that shows that he has the executive experience to run the government?”

Let’s hear who you think meets those requirements.


27 posted on 06/01/2014 6:54:50 AM PDT by X-spurt (CRUZ missile - armed and ready.)
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In the straw poll, 633 ballots were cast, which was attended by more than 1,500 people.

1. Ted Cruz — 30.33 percent
2. Ben Carson — 29.38 percent
3. Rand Paul — 10.43 percent
4. Mike Huckabee — 5.06 percent
5. Rick Perry — 4.90 percent
6. Curt Clawson (write-in) 4.58 percent
7. Jeb Bush — 4.42 percent
8. Marco Rubio — 3.32 percent
9. Rick Santorum — 2.37 percent
10. Paul Ryan — 2.05 percent
11. Allen West (write-in) — 2.05 percent
12. Chris Christie — 1.11%

http://beforeitsnews.com/opinion-conservative/2014/05/ted-cruz-favorite-among-grassroots-republicans-wins-rlc-straw-poll-2859238.html


28 posted on 06/01/2014 6:58:41 AM PDT by deport
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To: peyton randolph

For me personally,that is a political issue, not a constitutional one, where we need to keep the focus. Let the left and ruling class go there.


29 posted on 06/01/2014 7:47:26 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: Drew68

Obama has successfully wrecked the country, by design.

Whether or not it is wrecked beyond salvage is for us to see in the future.

But whether or not he wrecked it through incompetence or design... I think he is personally an idiot but totally driven by the motivation to wreck the USA, by design, and that with help from his allies, he did just that.

Bottom line: if the USA can be salvaged it will need a CONSERVATIVE who wants to salvage the USA BY DESIGN, not some f*ing RINO with “experience” who:
a) can’t even see the real problems
b) won’t do anything to offend anyone to fix the real problems.

For me, experience is a distant second to commitment. I want to see commitment, commitment, commitment and more commitment. The experience of a Senator is experience enough.


30 posted on 06/01/2014 8:31:29 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: mazda77

Agreed...He can assist with the transition of obamacare tyranny into healthcare freedom.


31 posted on 06/01/2014 9:04:23 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: grania

One of his strengths is that he seems like Reagan on foreign affairs.

After Obama’s libertarian type weakness in our NATO responsibility, we will need Cruz bringing in his Reagan instincts.


32 posted on 06/01/2014 10:06:05 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: ansel12
we will need Cruz bringing in his Reagan instincts

Gosh, I hope you're correct. I did take notice that this morning with George Stephanopus, he didn't take sides in Ukraine; instead he spoke of treaty obligations to Poland. That's good. I would've liked to hear him coming out against arming the terrorists (aka Obama's "friendly rebels") who are killing Christians in Syria.

One thing that's real good is Stephanopolous asked Cruz tough direct questions, for sure, but he no longer seemed to be trying to marginalize him.

33 posted on 06/01/2014 10:44:38 AM PDT by grania
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FReepathon day 62, Month #3.
Don't let the Left win!


Less than $3.7k to go!!

34 posted on 06/01/2014 10:44:45 AM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: grania

His Reagan toughness will be needed to overcome you Russian surrender monkeys.


35 posted on 06/01/2014 11:20:49 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: ansel12

Putin former LTC, I think we have one too, who would be tough like him, and he wouldn’t be accused by the Press as being a racist Republican. Loose cannon, Uncle Tom, maybe, but not racist. Its too bad the RINOs didn’t support him when he was a candidate for HR, and changed his district lines to keep him from getting it. I’ve had it with the silk stocking RINO Republicans. The only candidates for President chosen by the RINOs are the ones falsely promoted by the Media. When will they learn that the Media is not their friend?


36 posted on 06/01/2014 2:02:46 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (2016 an election or a coronation of a Queen? I'm sure we'll be told to eat cake.)
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To: BruceS

“What has he done that shows that he has the executive experience to run the government? I agree with him on major issues and enjoy watching him take on the left, but that doesn’t mean he knows how to be president.”

Well, based on who we’ve had since Ronald Reagan, I’D vote for a trained chimpanzee over most of the “Republican Bench” as quoted by Rancid Prius. And that’s not factoring in the “It’s My Turn Loosers” like Dole, McLame and Mittens.


37 posted on 06/01/2014 9:33:06 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: X-spurt
My choice would be a governor (no, not Christie or Bush) who has governed fairly conservatively. In no particular order: Pence, Kasich, Snyder, Martinez, Jindal all come to mind, but there are undoubtedly others. Are they perfect? No. But they understand how to get things done in a republic (unlike the current resident of the White House). It should be the job of the legislature to "get things done" (or not, if it doesn't need to be done).

My worry is that Cruz, like a lot of conservative senators and representatives, doesn't understand that the President proposes ideas and Congress should then act on what they see as appropriate (within the confines of the Constitution).

38 posted on 06/12/2014 5:20:29 PM PDT by BruceS
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To: BruceS

Actually the POTUS should be the Branch of government that only enforces the laws Congress makes, because POTUS is the “executive”.

Regarding whether a Senator can be an effective and proper POTUS, yes. Being President does not actually require managerial experience, rather a sensible ability to pick good assistants who do have managerial experience, be honest and honorable with respect the Constitution and the two other Branches of Government with an unwavering desire to do what’s best for our Country.

The trouble we now are experiencing, that is coloring everyone’s perspective, is that nobama does not care what his assistants do or how they do it, is not an honest or honorable man who does not respect the Constitution nor other Branches and instead is willing to assist in America’s downfall to rebuild it in some progressive socialist fashion. His only being a Senator has nothing to do with how badly he is performing as the Executive.

I am sorry, but I could not be overall comfortable supporting any one of the Governors you named. All may be good conservatives, but none have the true leadership, vision and fearlessness that will be required to right the mess we are in.


39 posted on 06/13/2014 10:28:26 AM PDT by X-spurt (CRUZ missile - armed and ready.)
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