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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.

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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.

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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.

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


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

1 posted on 05/16/2012 6:55:49 AM PDT by Qbert
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To: Qbert

My lack of trust in Dewhurst was not helped with his dishonest dirty “Chinese tire copy deal” ad against Cruz.

Palin backs Cruz, she sure seems to have helped Fischer in Neb..

I say let’s keep Dewhurst where he is as Lt. Gov., a spot more aligned with GOPe.


2 posted on 05/16/2012 7:07:15 AM PDT by X-spurt (Its time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: X-spurt

Yep. Dewhurst is another KBH, Cornyn-type: semi-Conservative, bland, won’t do much of anything to advance a Conservative agenda. I’m getting tired of Texas Republicans this type to the Senate over and over... and then grumbling about it afterwards.

Time to get behind somebody who will finally shake things up.


3 posted on 05/16/2012 7:35:24 AM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: Qbert

Cruz fighting back against the International Court was what first brought his name to my attention and I’ve been following the guy ever since. I like him, he’s a no nonsense conservative who plants his feet and refuses to budge. He’s got both Palin and Mark Levin’s endorsement. Cruz is my choice this election.


4 posted on 05/16/2012 7:41:17 AM PDT by LoneStarGI (Vegetarian: Old Indian word for "BAD HUNTER.")
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To: Qbert
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.

After listening to a debate between all the candidates, I can see why Dewhurst would avoid public appearances. He's kind of a dumbass. He stammers and pauses before retelling a well rehearsed answer that sorta fits the question. Cruz, on the other hand, comes off as a true conservative evangelist... a true believer in the cause. And exceedingly smart and passionate.

5 posted on 05/16/2012 8:04:43 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: Qbert

I sure don’t like the Statistman taking up for Cruz. That gives me an uncomfortable feeling.


6 posted on 05/16/2012 8:11:50 AM PDT by jimt (Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.)
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To: Qbert

100% behind Cruz!
Consider Ted Cruz because Rand Paul, Dr. James Dobson, Gun Owners of America, Young Conservatives of Texas, Tea Party Express and many more back him...For those of you who like Mark Levin here is his endorsement - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UieLEwWqig
and for those Glenn Beck fans here is his take on the Dewhurst attack machine: http://web.gbtv.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=21316103


7 posted on 05/16/2012 8:25:21 AM PDT by An American! (Proud To Be An American!)
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To: jimt

I don’t either. And can someone discount the Dewhurst ad against Cruz where he (Cruz) represented a Chinese firm that was found liable by a US trade court? He even appealed the case and got shot down again, so the story goes. China was forced to pay restitution. Why is this story false and why are Palin and Levin lining up behind Cruz?


8 posted on 05/16/2012 8:28:14 AM PDT by mikhailovich
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To: Qbert

As a roving election judge who never serves where he votes I’ll be voting early for Ted Cruz. Pain Power!


9 posted on 05/16/2012 8:32:17 AM PDT by WilliamRobert
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To: mikhailovich
See Ted Cruz for Senate - Get the Facts

Cruz is basically guilty of working on an appellate brief that his employer assigned him.

I see this race as being between a party line vote(Dewhurst) and someone who will take a stand for limited government even when the party is wrong(Cruz).

10 posted on 05/16/2012 8:49:30 AM PDT by DrewsDad (Environmental Extremism Eventually Endangers Everyone)
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To: Qbert

Viva Cuba Libre!!!!!


11 posted on 05/16/2012 8:50:33 AM PDT by MattinNJ (Romney? Really? Seriously?)
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To: mikhailovich

The story has a basis in fact, however, Dewhurst is misleading everyone.
1. Both parties to the case manufacture tires in China for the last 20 years.
2. Both parties have appealed the various rulings
3. Ted never personally argued the case. Ted is an appellate lawyer—a lawyer who argues to courts of appeals, supreme court etc and helps ensure that U.S. law is properly applied. His writings on the case that I have read were regarding applying past precedents and rulings to the case.
4. Ted worked at a law firm and wrote briefs for the case
5. For something that Ted actually did, Ted Cruz actually argued in the Supreme Court against a Chinese Company who stole a U.S. Patent and Cruz Won!
6. Who the heck cares...we have big problems in Washington that have no relation to this case or anything related to it as far as I can tell.
Now look at the Dewhurst record and you can see why he is attacking so much...he has very little to stand on. Then look at the ho-hum Dewhurst plan and you will see it is safe targets like ending the green energy gravy train and obamacare.
Dewhurst is a politician as usual...I am POSITIVE I do not want another one of those going to DC to represent me.


12 posted on 05/16/2012 8:53:14 AM PDT by An American! (Proud To Be An American!)
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To: jimt

I wouldn’t trust anything the [un]American [mis]Statesmen prints either, but the reason they gave was that Dewhurst avoided debates and public appearances while trying to buy the nomination through attack ads.


13 posted on 05/16/2012 8:53:32 AM PDT by DrewsDad (Environmental Extremism Eventually Endangers Everyone)
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To: An American!

Go Cruz!


14 posted on 05/16/2012 8:53:47 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: jimt

who or what is Statistman?


15 posted on 05/16/2012 8:54:28 AM PDT by An American! (Proud To Be An American!)
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To: An American!

Austin American Statesman (local Austin newspaper).....just a simple misspelling


16 posted on 05/16/2012 9:16:41 AM PDT by superfries
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To: jimt
"I sure don’t like the Statistman taking up for Cruz. That gives me an uncomfortable feeling."

Same here. I haven't voted yet, so this makes me hesitant to vote for Cruz.

The Austin American Statesmen is a hard left propaganda arm of the DNC.

Perhaps it is a head-fake by them to hurt Cruz?

17 posted on 05/16/2012 9:54:03 AM PDT by lormand (A Government who robs Peter to pay Paul, will always have the support of Paul)
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To: Qbert

“Yep. Dewhurst is another KBH, Cornyn-type: semi-Conservative, bland, won’t do much of anything to advance a Conservative agenda. I’m getting tired of Texas Republicans this type to the Senate over and over... and then grumbling about it afterwards.”

Exactly.

They don’t seem to stand for anything, and Dewhursts’ no-shows at forum after forum are telling. It’s like we owe them the job.

We don’t.


18 posted on 05/16/2012 10:24:17 AM PDT by WOSG (Anyone But Obama)
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To: superfries

Got it...I note that Fort Worth Star Telegram endorsed Tom Leppert and they are predicting a run-off election.


19 posted on 05/16/2012 11:46:23 AM PDT by An American! (Proud To Be An American!)
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To: Qbert

Are we seriously supposed to vote with the Editorial board of the Austin American Statesman? Not good advice! They’re certainly not the best judge of Conservatism.

Even the Statesman knows that the Lt. Governor spent around 100 days as acting governor, officially paid for more than 70 days, just in the few months that the Governor was running for President. This included much of the week when Central Texas was threatened by wildfires and Obama was denying the use of equipment in near by storage.


20 posted on 05/16/2012 1:07:46 PM PDT by hocndoc (WingRight.org Have mustard seed, not afraid to use it. Hold Rs to promises, don't watch O keep his.)
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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 (WingRight.org 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 (WingRight.org 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

Yep...as I have previously stated, we are on opposite sides of this one...you Dewhurst...me 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: http://www.thepoliticalguide.com/Profiles/Senate/Texas/Ted_Cruz/Scandals/Attorney_for_Chinese_Tire_Company/


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 - http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/05/14/3959761/this-time-star-telegram-isnt-backing.html
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
http://www.tedcruz.org/facts/record/


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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