Skip to comments.Sarah Palin Endorses Ted Cruz in U.S. Senate Race (Texas update)
Posted on 05/10/2012 6:33:37 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
Former Alaska Gov. and conservative icon Sarah Palin endorsed former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz in the U.S. Senate race Thursday morning.
Both Palin and her husband, Todd, pledge their support in a letter to Cruz, who hopes to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.
Your conservative principles, passionate defense of our Constitution and our free market system come at a time when these cornerstones of our freedom and prosperity are under attack, Palin wrote in the letter, according to the campaign. Our shared goal isnt just to change the majority in control of the Senate, but to assure principled conservatives like you are there to fight for us.
In a statement, Cruz said he was humbled and honored by the endorsement.
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This is an excellent development. Now we need for the donations to flow in a some Super-PACs to run ads plugging Cruz’s candidacy.
Great news. This could be enough to get Cruz in a run-off.
Her Texas Conservative Army Will Get It Done!
The Bastard Rove and his GOPe friends are not the only
Super-Pacs with Money. The playing field is level with the
Conservative Super-Pacs involved. Rove u took it up your ...
with Lugar, And Texans are gonna move it up a few feet with Cruz.
That’s excellent news! The more this story gets out, the better.
no lie, I see living in texas in my future.
From the comments left in response to this article, it would appear that this will be my one and only visit to that site.
It is true Dewhurst has a lot of money. But so did Lugar.
And if you remember, Mike Dewine, (the former senator from Ohio) son, Pat ran for a congressional seat in Ohio. Pat had all the DC crowd support and 6x the money all the other candidates had. Yet he finished 4th, yes I said 4th in that primary.
So, it used to be about money. But now, with the involvement
of conservative Super-Pacs, the playing field has been leveled
quite a bit. And the enthusiun is with the Tea Party.
Texas Tribune is a Soros/Media Matters shill. Not that we shouldn't read it, but you should be aware that those who write for it are paid for by donations from ProgRats.
Cruzs campaign said it has received donations from more than 19,000 people and among its endorsements cites the Tea Party Express, U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint and Rand Paul, Dr. James Dobson, Cathie Adams, George P. Bush, Gun Owners of America, Family Research Council Action PAC, FreedomWorks, Texas Home School Coalition PAC, Kelly Shackelford, David Barton, Peggy Venable and Young Conservatives of Texas.
With nine candidates in the race look for a run off between Cruz/Dewhurst.
Texas Early Voting by personal appearance begins Mon. May 14 and ends Fri. May 25.
Even though I live in Texas I haven’t been following the senate race. My bad, I know. Is Dewhurst too much of a RINO or is Cruz the best choice?
David Dewhurst is a strong Texas Conservative,a classic “citizen legislator,” who has only been in politics for about dozen years. He ran for office for the first time when he was in his 50’s, winning his race for Land Commissioner in 1998 before his election to Lieutenant Governor in 2002.
Last fall, I wanted Dewhurst to become Governor when Governor Rick Perry went to the White House, so I donated to Ted Cruz. From day one, I hated the way the Cruz team lied about Dewhurst and his record. I complained to the staff and Cruz at the Texas Republican Women convention in November and was in turn attacked by the staffers. The same thing happened when I spoke to them in February at a forum.
Other than his abrasive manner and early unwise decision to tear down a good man using poor ethics, Cruz is an unknown.
All we know for sure is that he is capable of doing what he’s assigned to do. He defended the laws that Dewhurst managed to pass in a contentious Texas Senate. In his current job, he accepted the assignment to defend a Chinese conglomerate’s patent infringement in lawsuit by an US citizen whose technology was stolen out from under him.
In contrast, as pro-life and medical ethics activist in Texas, I’ve watched Lt. Governor Dewhurst work in Austin. I’ve seen him bring together opposing factions to hammer out Bills - at least once he called us all together in his office the last day a Bill could come up for a vote, ensuring that we left with an agreement.
We watched the debate between the candidates and had already decided we wouldn’t vote for Dewhurst.....we’re rabidly anti-incumbent this time around. We’ve always voted for him when we were stupid enough to pull a straight Republican ticket. We WERE NOT impressed with Cruz....not at all. We’re voting for Craig James.
A great big Texas YES to both questions!
Dewhurst isn’t an incumbent as *Senator.* He has proven that he is conservative and can get conservative laws passed.
Dewhurst walked on the floor and killed a bill the Tea Party was trying to push through...I’m too tired to remember which one it was right now. But he killed it deader ‘n a doornail right before our eyes. The anti-Groping bill, I think. Texas needs to be a bold leader kicking the feds out of our state. Dewhurst cratered in the face of one letter from the TSA.
Yes, Dewhurst and Straus both have been quite RINO-ish as lege leaders, on TSA, on immigration, on standing up to the teachers’ unions, etc.
Dewhurst is not a bad person, but he’ll fit right in with the RINO go along club and wimp out on us. Cruz otoh ha conservative principles, can actually articulate them, and will have a lot of spine. He’s much better.
“Cruzs campaign said it has received donations from more than 19,000 people and among its endorsements cites the Tea Party Express, U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint and Rand Paul, Dr. James Dobson, Cathie Adams, George P. Bush, Gun Owners of America, Family Research Council Action PAC, FreedomWorks, Texas Home School Coalition PAC, Kelly Shackelford, David Barton, Peggy Venable and Young Conservatives of Texas.”
Cruz has all the right endorsements.
Not true at all. Dewhurst is very conservative and has a proven reoord of getting conservative laws passed. Cruz has proven he goes negative even before he files the paperwork to run. And virtually all of his negative ads are false.
You must have some sort of resource for that accusation.
The TSA Bill was vetted and new language was written by Attorney General Greg Abbott. Abbott, a true Constitutional scholar, said the first language of the Bill was unconstitutional. The Lt. Governor joined Senator Dan Patrick in petitioning the Governor to ad the new Bill to the agenda of the Special Session. The Bill passed the Senate, but the House voted it down.
In the regular session, Dewhurst convinced 3 Dems to vote in favor of the Sonogram Bill, Zaffirini, Uresti, and Lucio. I couldn’t convince Jeff Wentworth, even taking 20 people to his office one day.http://www.journals.senate.state.tx.us/sjrnl/82r/pdf/82RSJ02-17-F1.PDF#page=2
Dont forget that this legislature strengthened property rights against eminent domain, passed voter ID, prohibited funding of PP and drivers licenses for illegals, as well as passed “looser pays” tort reform and gave the State the right to deport illegal aliens convicted of a crime after they’d served their time.
Dewhurst earned his money as a businessman. From scratch and in the tough energy years of the 1980’s and 1990’s. After playing basketball for Arizona, serving in the Air Force and the CIA.
Then, when he was 51, he ran for Land Commissioner in 1998, then Lt. Governor in ‘02.
Furthermore, Dewhurst is not a RINO like Lugar. He is prolife (Sonogram Bill, Choose Life license plate), profamily(our Defense of Marriage Constitutional Amendment), pro-law-and-order (Championed Jessica’s law), pro-second amendment (Castle law, defending right to carry). He’s anti-taxes.
He got donations because he’s a known conservative with a record of getting conservative laws passed.
Your statement is simply not true. Dewhurst is tough on immigration - The TSA Bill was badly written and the Attorney General helped re-write it for the Special Session, then the Lt. Governor pushed it through the Special.
In the Regular, we got voter ID, prohibition on drivers licenses and deportation of illegal criminals after they’ve done their time.
Cruz has questionable ethics. All I’ve seen so far is a young man running for office since 2005, and then 2 years attacking a good conservative citizen legislator while ignoring the dems.
Listen to Cruz try not to answer questions in this radio interview.
He dances all around the question, until page gets irritated.
You can read the legal brief that calls him “Counsel of Record, here
And here’s the wsj opinion piece that he claims “proves” his accusations against Dewhurst.
Dewhurst was pushing for a state income tax?
No, that is one of the lies that Cruz tells. It was just the opposite.
The state was cutting property taxes, while expanding the franchise tax to business that had been exempted. The panel that the Governor appointed decided on a franchise tax based on gross receipts. Dewhurst objected, saying that would force companies that made no profit to pay taxes. He suggested that it would be better to only place the tax on profits and give credit for wages and benefits paid. Eventually, this is what happened with a credit for small business that make less than 300k.
So the WSJ article was incorrect? It was a franchise tax increase, not an income (wage) tax?
Is that a correct statement?
The wsj editorial has it backwards. Our State Constitution prohibits an income tax.
We’ve had a franchise tax , before, but most businesses were exempt. There was never a proposal by the legislature to tax wages.
I know. I just meant we’re not voting status quo. We’ve voted for Dewhurst since the first time he ran. We’re not doing that anymore. We need new blood, imho.
Look Lady... I respect your right to support Dewhurst, but please quit trying to convince us he is a true conservative, because he is not one!
Dewhurst is like most typical Republicans, he gives lip service to conservative when he is running for office. Yes he does support some things we conservatives want, but when the situation calls for him to put all his chips in, he folds. I am tired of politicians like that!
So I am willing to give Ted Cruz his shot at the office. If Cruz proves to be just as bad as Dewhurst, then I will vote for someone else next time. And I don’t think I am alone in that thinking here on Free Republic.
I also respect what you do for a living, but I can see you are blinded by Dewhurst. The first negative ads I saw in this campaign came from Dewhurst and were directed at Ted Cruz, not the other way around.
So go ahead and bang your head against that Dewhurst wall all you want, but you are not changing my mind!
We need ethical blood. We need proven strength. Dewhurst would be fresh blood in DC and we know he can get conservative legislation passed without cowtowing to the Left.
I will be curious to see where Dan Patrick goes, he is someone I respect on Texas politics. I will also be keeping an eye out for a Ted Poe endorsement. Sarah going for Cruse is big, if either Patrick or Poe do to then I will likely follow. If not then I will be wondering why not? What is the problem?
Dan Patrick wants to be the Lt. Governor and cannot get there with David Dewhurst standing in the way. What do you think he is likely to do?
Do you have any sources? I give sources, not emotional claims that I don’t back up. (including the one that *I* am the one that’s “blinded.”)
The first ads were from Cruz, as Joe Pags notes. Way back in November and they were all negative. I first spoke to Cruz and then to his staffers in November at the Texas Republican Women’s Convention.
Patrick has already endorsed Dewhurst.
thanks. I forgot about the constitutional amendment.
I appreciate your posts on here, I’m late catching up on this race.
thanks for the links also. I thought Cruz answered the Chinese question pretty well on the radio ad, though it didn’t seem to go well. Cruz said the american in the ad moved his manufacturing to China 20 years ago and that it was essentially a fight between two Chinese manufacturers, not ‘American’ jobs...
Here’s more on the Franchise tax http://www.texmed.org/template.aspx?id=6176
Please keep in mind that the franchise tax itself IS an income tax! They just can’t call it that in Texas!
Here’s more, in an article from 2006
I would like to see Patrick as lt Gov too.
IMHO Dewhurst is acceptable in the US Senate, he would be more conservative than most of the Senators there. Plus he is an experienced legislator. I know very little about Cruse, other then Sarah likes him, but Sarah liking him mean a lot to me too. Guess I will have to start paying attention. lol
Not really, but it is still a tax. I'm a small business here and familiar with the franchise tax. So, for me, it is a tax on my , which is not good, but it isn't an income tax - which is what was claimed. A true income tax would have a much broader impact, negatively, on the state's economy.
What is frustrating is the time it takes to research candidate's ad claims to approach the truth. It seems it is pretty bad on both sides in this one.
Thanks much for the articles. I still have mixed feelings, but at least I’m better informed.
Dewhurst is flooding the media with the Cruz/Chinese attack ad; DeMint endorsement means a lot to me, more than Palin’s.
I call him a RINO.
Cruz is a solid conservative.
After reading the articles, I believe my business will still not see an increase in taxes.
Larger and different corporations would. And, I believe, these are the very types that can, should and do pass on increased costs to consumers of their products.
So I do understand your point.
There has to be some taxes and, in this case, the property/sales tax situation had to be revised, some something had to give. I would rather be cutting more spending, but Texas does run a tighter ship than most.
If it weren’t for David Dewhurst, and David Dewhurst alone, Texas would have had a voter ID bill passed fully TWO years before it finally did pass!
OK! At least YOU understand where these taxes wind up unlike most.
I forget nothing...and I watched the event. Yes, lots of good stuff passed despite the RINO’s Straus and Dewhurst.
That would be great but when you’re in the minority be it Senate or House and I’m not talking about more Republicans than Demonrats, I’m talking about true Conservatives over RINO’s. One can be rendered useless if he/she doesn’t have the numbers of true Conservatives over Republicans of a different stripe. I have to tell you we were very offended by one of Dewhursts’ TV ads where he blamed the baby boomers for everything that’s wrong in government today. Personally, I’m tired of being treated like a bastard at a family reunion. My Hub worked hard all his life to have a half way decent retirement which is in jeopardy of being taken away.....our Social Security and Medicare fooled with and from what I see and PLEASE correct me if I’m wrong, it seems the Republicans are the ones that are threatening to do that very thing. I welcome your comments hocndoc. :)
I guess I’m offended that you blame Republicans for everything that’s wrong in government - including Houston pension reform.
However, I don’t recall the ad you refer to. And Houston most certainly is not Governed by Republicans. The only reference to a specific group or generation that I’ve seen in Dewhurst’s ads is to the “Greatest Generation’s” courage and the call to do the right thing, now. Regardless of generation.
Neither do the Federal Republican Social Security and Medicare reform plans include provisions for those over 55 to have their retirement secured.
I am certain that the current SS& Medicare schemes aren’t sustainable. If the Feds continue to spend FICA funds AND to borrow half of what we spend, all investments in this country and the world are endangered.
My point in the examples I’ve given is that Dewhurst is Conservative. He served in the Airforce, the CIA, built a business, and then ran for office on his 50s. He has managed to get 6 budgets passed, within the balanced budget requirements of the Texas Constitution.