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Cruz consistent, compelling conservative
Austin Statesman ^ | May 15, 2012 | Editorial Board

Posted on 05/16/2012 6:55:45 AM PDT by Qbert

In the Republican primary, the competition for the U.S. Senate nomination is a race to the right and a crowded one at that. Though there are nine candidates in the race, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is the best known and certainly the best financed. Dewhurst acts like the chosen one, but GOP voters looking for a no pretense, no apologies conservative found one in challenger Ted Cruz.


Cruz has a big intellect and doesn't mind taking it for a spin around the room. He's smart; he knows it and you know it within minutes of talking to him.

Yet, he also tells a compelling story about growing up the son of a Cuban immigrant who arrived in the U.S. with little but a desire to carve out a new life. His father, Cruz said, learned to speak English by signing up for college-level Spanish classes. He cleverly reversed the vocabulary lessons, Cruz said. Cruz grew up in Houston where he joined a speaker's bureau and gave speeches on the U.S. Constitution. Later on, he clerked for the late U.S. Chief Justice William Rehnquist, worked for three years in a law firm in Washington, D.C., that focused on ideologically conservative cases and later served in the George W. Bush administration. He was recruited by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to become the state's solicitor general in 2003. The solicitor general is Texas' chief appellate lawyer.

As solicitor general, Cruz successfully pushed back against the Bush administration's demand that Texas abide by an International Court of Justice ruling regarding the rights of noncitizens convicted of crimes.


We have supported Dewhurst in the past but cannot recommend a candidate who plays hide-and-seek with the public by limiting his contact with voters to controlled events and media buys.

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TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 2012; cruz; dewhurst; election; tedcruz; texas; tx
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To: LoneStarGI; Qbert

Cruz was a staffer, doing what the Governor and Attorney General told him to do.

Cruz has been running for office since 2008, beginning about 10 years younger than Dewhurst was when he first ran for office in 1998. The difference is that Dewhurst is on his 3rd or 4th career, while Cruz is still on his first.

That’s all he’s ever done: work for other lawyers. He and Levin talked about how much Dewhurst is “worth” last night, as though it’s a bad thing to build a company from the ground up to over $200 million in 30 years or so.

21 posted on 05/16/2012 1:12:28 PM PDT by hocndoc ( Have mustard seed, not afraid to use it. Hold Rs to promises, don't watch O keep his.)
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To: An American!

What silly word games — “R. Ted Cruz” is the “Counsel of Record” for the company that was found liable by a jury.

Worse yet:
Knowing he was going to run for Texas Senate, Cruz *chose* to take on the appeal by a Chinese-owned company against a man whose company is based in the US. That shows poor judgement as well as distractions about jargon.

Dewhurst was LG when the Dems ran to NM in 2003, his first year in office. Many of us watched as he stood firm and imposed sanctions.

Dewhurst has championed the right to life, beginning in that same year with the Prenatal Protection Act and Woman’s Right to Know. This year, he passed SB 16, the Sonogram Act.

In addition, he helped pass Jessica’s Law, the voter ID act, border security funding, and on and on.

22 posted on 05/16/2012 1:20:57 PM PDT by hocndoc ( Have mustard seed, not afraid to use it. Hold Rs to promises, don't watch O keep his.)
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To: hocndoc
Oh No! He was the Counsel of Record for an appellate brief in that case.

Ted successfully ARGUED a case before the Supreme Court representing a U.S. patent holder against a Chinese company in a case defining the proper standard of intent for inducement to infringe a patent in Global Tech v. SEB, but I suppose filling out those briefs is much more important to you.

Concerning the [mis]Statesman endorsement, one should typically vote opposite them in the general election and completely ignore them in a primary. I guess we'll see another Dewhurst attack ad blaming Cruz for that endorsement soon.

23 posted on 05/16/2012 2:54:57 PM PDT by DrewsDad (Environmental Extremism Eventually Endangers Everyone)
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To: DrewsDad

The Austin-American Statesman is considerably left of where Pravda was in the 1950’s. I expect to vote for Cruz, despite this red flag endorsement.

24 posted on 05/16/2012 4:43:44 PM PDT by Eleven Bravo 6 319thID
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To: Qbert; SwinneySwitch; GeronL; no dems; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GOPsterinMA; ...

Texas conservatives need to rally around Ted Cruz. Please, go out and vote for him. Get others to vote for him, as well. If they can’t make to the polls, give them a ride to the polls. If necessary, hijack a bus of strangers to the polls and don’t let them leave until they’ve voted for Cruz.

It’s that important.

25 posted on 05/16/2012 5:38:20 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama and Company lied, the American economy died)
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To: hocndoc I have previously stated, we are on opposite sides of this Cruz. :)

As far as choosing...not sure when you work somewhere you always get to choose your assignments, but I will take your word for it that he chose to pick this one 4 years ago.

Best summary yet I have found yet on the web on this stupid china distraction:

26 posted on 05/16/2012 6:49:57 PM PDT by An American! (Proud To Be An American!)
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To: Qbert

I agree, and that’s why I have voted early for Cruz though I don’t know much about him. I also voted for Warren Chisum for Railroad Commission and Steve Smith for Supreme Court, the latter being anti-Perry.

27 posted on 05/16/2012 7:09:48 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Past is prologue: The American people again let us down in this election cycle.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Agreed...VOTE CRUZ!
Dewhurst record is not stellar as a staunch conservative...he has hidden behind attack ads, refused to talk to newspapers like the Fort Worth Star Telegram -
more on Mr Dewhurst according to Teds campaign so I am certain there is some exaggeration as there is from the Dewhurst side coming at Ted

28 posted on 05/16/2012 7:11:26 PM PDT by An American! (Proud To Be An American!)
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To: Bigun

Looks the lonely pair of Dewhurst trolls didn’t find this thread yet.

29 posted on 05/17/2012 2:38:36 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Qbert

While I agree with this article (in fact have already cast my vote for Cruz in early voting) there is something amiss here!

The unbelievable aspect is that this come out in the Austin Statesman. An article actually pointing out a Republican candidates good points?

What are they up to?

30 posted on 05/17/2012 9:25:32 AM PDT by LoneStarC
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To: jimt

When the Statesman endorses someone in the Republican primary, you can be certain that the folks behind the endorsement are holding their noses. They will not endorse a Republican in the general election as long as the Democrats put up someone who is neither an obvious crook nor a complete doofus.

31 posted on 05/17/2012 4:57:36 PM PDT by olrtex
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