Skip to comments.Cruz Brings Tea Party Flavor to Texas Senate Race
Posted on 04/16/2012 4:24:38 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
Many Republicans view Ted Cruz as the Texas version of Marco Rubio, the Hispanic U.S. senator from Florida whose conservative philosophy and strong oratory skills helped make him a national tea party force seemingly overnight.
But unlike Rubio, who served several years in the Florida Statehouse before winning his Senate seat, Cruz has never appeared on a ballot. The son of a Cuban immigrant got most of his seasoning for next month's Senate primary by arguing in front of the state Supreme Court as the longest-serving Texas solicitor general.
Cruz systematically argues his case to voters as if standing in front of a jury. He jokes about politicians being "blood-sucking parasites" and proof that "invertebrates can walk upright."
"I confess, I'm a TV yeller," Cruz says, laughing about how he reacts to television news. But the joke reinforces his self-image as a conservative fighter, which happens to be what polls say Texas Republicans want.
To tea party leaders, and he has been endorsed by several in his race against Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Cruz has the conservative background to match the rhetoric. The self-professed child of the Reagan revolution made college money in the 1980s by reciting the Constitution from memory to Houston-area Rotary Clubs and giving speeches advocating free-market economics.
Cruz brags about how his Cuban father fought with rebels supporting Fidel Castro against dictator Fulgencio Batista in the 1950s, before Castro announced that he was a communist. Rafael Cruz fled the country and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, then moved to Canada to work in the oil fields near Alberta, where Ted Cruz was born. The family eventually moved to Houston, and his father became a U.S. citizen in 2005.
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Ted Cruz would be a great addition to the U.S. Senate caucus. I hope that Texas conservatives are making him a top priority.
The thing about Dewhurst is that no one really believes he actually wants to cut government “to the bone”.
Cruz will be an infinite improvement over Kay Barely Republican. His main competition, Dewhurst, is an execrable RINO.
My husband and I are backing him. We have his signs in our front yard.
I think he is very conservative from all I’ve read and heard about him.
Cruz gets my vote.
If Freedom Works likes him he is a good guy.
our household is voting Cruz, for the win!
He has some name recognition for his capacity as Solicitor General [2003 - 2008]. However they had a debate last Friday in Dallas and a couple of the reviews I’ve seen indicated he didn’t do as well as could be expected. But then keep in mind this is the news media doing the writing.
I’m working hard to get Dr. Donna Campbell elected for my State Senator in District 25 — to replace that RINO, Jeff Wentworth.
Cruz is not like Campbell. And David Dewhurst is a good, conservative leader who is in large part responsible for the very laws that Cruz takes credit for defending.
Donna has won the endorsement of conservative after conservative, organization after orgaization, because we can tell that, although she’s never held elected office, she’s will be the the ideal citizen legislator.
Why is Cruz defending a Chinese conglomerate after they stole a US citizen’s hard work and technology?
Why did he come out so early with the negative ads attacking David Dewhurst with half truths?
Cruz is rude (even to people who have supported him), inconsistent in some answers, and his own campaign consists of nothing but bashing a man who has served Texas well.
David Dewhurst has the endorsement of Texas Alliance for Life and Texas Right to Life because has proven - over and over- that he’s pro-life.
He’s also a fiscal conservative. here’s the facts
He can go straight to hell, dodging whatever planets on the way as necessary.
I wonder why it took 11 posts to get to one with anything but baseless attacks on a proven, experienced conservative, David Dewhurst.
I had not heard that Cruz is a Romney supporter. There are some other things I had heard that may or may not be true. One, that Cruz, like Romney is a fantastic debater and graduate of Harvard Law School. That Mrs. Cruz holds the position of Goldman Sachs VP. And that the law firm Cruz is currently associated with numbers George Soros as one of its clients.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
I’ll be voting for him when ever they let us vote here in Texas
A bus full of lawyers driving off a 1000 foot cliff, with one empty seat.
Well isn't that just peachy keen!
He's been in bed with the coward from Kolob since day one.
How do you square that?
af, you’re wrong about Lamar Smith - and some of that money he’s got is mine (community property).
While I’ve fussed at him for backing Romney (Jim Demint and Marco Rubio back Romney now and Governor Perry evidently wasn’t ready to run the race) and his internet bills, he is a strong, working conservative.
He knows why he’s a conservative and can articulate the issues well. He’s held the media’s feet to the fire by opposing their bias.
His staff have repeatedly gone out of their way to address my concerns. I believe they heard me on HR 1981.
He met with a group of us in New Braunfels last week. Not “the elite,” just regular folks who bought our own lunch in a buffet restaurant. Just wait ‘till he brings Holder back to the House Justice Committee as planned in a week or so.
Your opinion is in the minority fellas. Texas GOP can and should do better than establishment hack Dewhurst.