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  • Where Does Rand Stand?

    09/14/2014 1:25:50 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 17 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1:40 PM, Sep 13, 2014 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    On the war against ISIS and droning American citizens, he's not entirely sure anymore. Manchester, N.H.Rand Paul's views on war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria continue to evolve. Speaking to reporters on the campaign trail Friday afternoon, the Kentucky senator didn't rule out supporting the deployment of U.S. combat troops on the ground in Iraq."Senator Rubio this week said that combat troops on the ground--American combat troops--could be a possibility if the current strategy doesn't work," one reporter said after a campaign event featuring Paul and New Hampshire senatorial candidate Scott Brown. "Senator Paul, would you support...
  • Breitbart is here — and his name is Ted Cruz

    09/14/2014 6:41:51 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 30 replies
    Daily Inter Lake ^ | Saturday, September 13, 2014 6:00 pm
    You may remember Andrew Breitbart. You should. Before his sudden and rather mysterious death at the age of 43 on March 1, 2012, he was a fearless voice of untrammeled American conservatism. He would stand up to anyone, no matter how powerful, in defense of traditional values and against political chicanery. He took on ACORN, Anthony Weiner, Nancy Pelosi, of course President Obama, and anyone else who tried to acquire power through hypocrisy or change policy through chicanery. His death left a huge void in the world of conservatism. So big, in fact, that conservatives adopted a slogan to encourage...
  • Restoring Civility to Politics the Ted Cruz Way [SURPRISINGLY SOMEWHAT OBJECTIVE]

    09/13/2014 11:02:18 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 6 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | Susan Milligan | Sept. 12, 2014 | 4:30 p.m. EDT
    Ted Cruz is not the first name on everyone’s list when one thinks of restoring decorum to politics and public discourse. Yet Cruz, the famous GOP firebrand who is Texas’ junior senator, did just that in a recent speech to a group calling itself In Defense of Christians. In his address, Cruz reiterated his strong support for Israel – hardly an outlier opinion for a member of Congress, particularly in the current political environment – and asserted, “Christians have no greater ally than Israel.” Again, this is not a provocative thing to say. It’s an opinion shared by many active Christians....
  • Ted Cruz Confronts the Israel Haters

    09/12/2014 7:44:24 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 8 replies
    New York Observer ^ | 09/12/14 9:15am | Ken Kurson
    Senator Cruz was loudly booed but refused to buckle: "Those who hate Israel hate America.” John F. Kennedy once said, “Israel was not created in order to disappear. Israel will endure and flourish. It is the child of hope and the home of the brave. It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success. It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom.”In today’s world of increasing anti-Semitism and moral relativism it is rare to find a leader with solid unshakable principles related to Israel that do not vacillate with the capricious tides of...
  • Ted Cruz walks out of Christian event after being booed

    09/11/2014 11:07:58 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 61 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 11, 2014, 11:38 AM | Rebecca Kaplan/
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, walked offstage at an event Wednesday evening after his remarks in support of Israel drew boos from some members of the audience.Cruz was speaking at a dinner for In Defense of Christians (IDC), a group that aims to raise awareness of persecuted minority communities in the Middle East, particularly Christians.According to The Daily Caller, it was Cruz's assertion that "Christians have no greater ally than Israel" which drew the first negative reaction from some in the crowd, who booed and yelled, "stop it!"As Cruz doubled down on his point - "those who hate Israel hate America,"...
  • Cruz: Stop deferred deportations with CR

    09/09/2014 12:44:31 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/09/14 02:04 PM EDT | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Tuesday that legislation to freeze President Obama’s executive order deferring the deportations of illegal immigrants who come to the country at a young age should be attached to a stopgap spending measure.Setting up a possible confrontation over the funding measure that would keep the federal government open beyond September, Cruz declined to rule out opposing the stopgap bill if it allows the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to continue.“I think we should use any and all means necessary to prevent the president from illegally granting amnesty. Certainly I think it would be appropriate to...
  • Ted Cruz’s Simple Plan for the Islamic State: ‘Destroy Terrorists,’ Secure the Border

    09/09/2014 7:23:55 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 7 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Sep. 8, 2014 4:12pm | Pete Kasperowicz
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Monday said destroying the Islamic State and securing the border are the best steps the Obama administration could come up with to protect U.S. security interests.Cruz criticized President Barack Obama for offering a fumbling response over the last few weeks, saying alternatively that there is no plan, then saying the plan is to make the Islamic State a “manageable problem.”U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) says Obama’s plan for dealing with the Islamic State should be simple, and based around destroying the terrorist group. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)“The objective here is not to make ISIS manageable,” Cruz...
  • Ted Cruz Introduces the Expatriate Terrorist Act Daniel Doherty | Sep 08, 2014

    09/09/2014 7:20:35 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 6 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Sep 08, 2014 | Daniel Doherty
    In an effort to prevent traitorous Americans from joining ISIS, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced legislation on Monday that would revoke their U.S. citizenships if they do. Speaking on the Senate floor this afternoon, he explained why such legislation is finally necessary. “ISIS is a study in oppression and brutality that is conducting ethnic cleansing against religious minorities in the region, that is targeting and persecuting Christians, and that is attempting to subject the local population to the strictest forms of Sharia Law,” he said. “And ISIS has gruesomely murdered U.S. civilians and, indeed, journalists on the public stage." Washington...
  • Ravitch: Time for Congress to investigate Bill Gates’ role in Common Core

    09/08/2014 7:45:12 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 9, 2014 | Valerie Strauss
    . . . . . . I have written on various occasions (here and here) that I could not support the Common Core standards because they were developed and imposed without regard to democratic process. The writers of the standards included no early childhood educators, no educators of children with disabilities, no experienced classroom teachers; indeed, the largest contingent of the drafting committee were representatives of the testing industry. No attempt was made to have pilot testing of the standards in real classrooms with real teachers and students.. The standards do not permit any means to challenge, correct, or revise...
  • Stotsky: Bill Gates' Deceptive Drive to Continue Common Core Will Weaken Public Schools

    09/07/2014 9:58:11 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Dr. Sandra Stotsky | Dr. Sandra Stotsky
    The Gates Foundation has been very busy trying to figure out ways for governors, state boards, and commissioners of education to pretend they are giving up Common Core’s standards or tests, while ensuring these states still have warmed-over versions in place to satisfy Bill Gates’ ambitions. We now have many examples of states that have gone through the motions to placate the still-growing army of parents, teachers, state legislators, and other citizens demanding a stronger, not weaker, public school system. But, instead of developing stronger alternative standards in place of Common Core’s misbegotten standards, some elected and appointed officials have deliberately...
  • Should Mitch McConnell Be Next Senate Majority Leader? Cruz Won’t Say

    09/07/2014 1:35:56 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 179 replies ^ | Sep 7, 2014 2:43pm | Benjamin Bell
    In an interview with ABC News, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, predicted his party would reclaim the Democratic-controlled Senate in November, but he declined to endorse current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., as the party leader should there be a transfer of power in the upper chamber of Congress.. . . . .But when asked if he would endorse McConnell — currently embroiled in a tight race for his Kentucky Senate seat — as Senate majority leader, the Texas Republican said that is a decision that would be made “when the time is right.”“Well, that will be a decision for...
  • On ISIS, Ted Cruz Tells Obama to 'Take Them Out'

    09/07/2014 11:11:50 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 12 replies ^ | 10:50AM Sunday
    (WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Ted Cruz accused President Obama of underestimating and misjudging the threat posed by ISIS, but said he should seek congressional approval before deciding whether to escalate the military campaign against the Islamic extremists. “What we ought to have is a directed, concerted, overwhelming campaign to take them out,” Cruz said in an interview on ABC'S This Week. “The focus should be Iraq, but the real focus should be taking out ISIS. Within Syria, it should not be our objective to try and resolve the civil war.” Cruz, a Texas Republican, said the president “has not demonstrated that...
  • Cruz: GOP foreign policy debate could lead to 2016 run

    09/07/2014 11:05:57 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 4 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/7/14 10:33 AM EDT | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    Sen. Ted Cruz hinted in an interview released Sunday that growing instability around the world could help convince him to run for president in 2016 even as he resisted a direct attack on one potential Republican rival.“It increases my interest in doing everything I can to change the direction we’re on," the Texas Republican told ABC News in an interview that aired in part on "This Week."“The American people in 2014 and also November 2016 are going to be looking for leaders who want to work to restore America’s leadership in the world,” Cruz said.(Also on POLITICO: Cruz woos donors,...
  • Rand Paul stands alone against Senate's 'preemptive war' resolution for Iran

    09/06/2014 10:46:01 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 16 replies
    RT.Com ^ | September 22, 2012 19:52
    s a de-facto declaration of war. The measure, which was introduced several months ago by Senators Lindsey Graham, Bob Casey and Joe Lieberman, supports continuing to pressure Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment program. The resolution advocates using methods other than containment to stop Iran, including exerting economic and diplomatic pressure. Senate Joint Resolution 41 “rejects any United States policy that would rely on efforts to contain a nuclear weapons-capable Iran.” Senators expressed their fears regarding Iran’s nuclear capabilities. “We know that Iran would create access for terrorists – access for them – to these nuclear weapons, making the Middle...
  • America Shouldn't Choose Sides in Iraq's Civil War

    09/06/2014 10:32:19 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 42 replies
    Online WSJ ^ | June 19, 2014 7:12 p.m. ET | Rand Paul
    Obama has made mistakes but so did Bush by invading. There's no good case for U.S. military intervention now. Though many claim the mantle of Ronald Reagan on foreign policy, too few look at how he really conducted it. The Iraq war is one of the best examples of where we went wrong because we ignored that.In 1984, Reagan's Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger developed the following criteria for war, primarily to avoid another Vietnam. His speech, "The Uses of Military Power," boils down to this: The United States should not commit forces to combat unless the vital national interests...
  • Will the Real Rand Paul Please Stand Up?

    09/06/2014 10:24:11 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | September 05, 2014 | RICK SANTORUM
    The Kentucky senator is trying to tell us he’s not an isolationist. That dog won’t hunt.Rand Paul insists he’s not an “isolationist.” Writing this week in TIME, he says, “I look at the world, and consider war, realistically and constitutionally.”But in reality, the Kentucky senator has advanced a brand of neo-isolationism and appeasement that is as short-sighted as it mistaken. Despite his recent, and frantic efforts to recast himself as not completely ridiculous on national security issues, the truth is his record often puts him in league with Barack Obama—or even to the president’s left. Anyone who truly cares about...
  • Cruz to Introduce Bill to Stop Americans Who Join ISIS From Returning to United States

    09/06/2014 10:15:56 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 33 replies ^ | September 5, 2014 | Senator Ted Cruz
    WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced today his intent to file the Expatriate Terrorist Act (E.T.A.) of 2014 as soon as the Senate is called back into session on Monday, September 8th. “Americans who choose to go to Syria or Iraq to fight with vicious ISIS terrorists are party to a terrorist organization committing horrific acts of violence, including beheading innocent American journalists who they have captured,” said Sen. Cruz. “There can be no clearer renunciation of their citizenship in the United States, and we need to do everything we can to preempt any attempt on their part to...
  • The News with Sen. Cruz - August 29, 2014

    09/06/2014 8:20:05 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies ^ | August 29, 2014 | Senator Ted Cruz
    It’s back to school time and last week as I dropped my daughter Caroline off at her first day of first grade, I remembered the excitement that a new school year brings.I wanted to give a message to our students: seize the opportunities that come with each academic year. Whether you’re starting kindergarten or finishing college, it’s an opportunity: an opportunity to work hard, attain new skills, and discover talents.While some of you may not enjoy those multiplication tables, others might find the reading assignments to be drudgery, still others may have difficult jobs and obligations after class, or live...
  • Senator Cruz Honors CSPD Officers

    09/06/2014 8:16:24 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 2 replies ^ | Sep 05, 2014 | Kessler McLaughlin
    COLLEGE STATION - The last thing Sergeant Travis Lacox and Investigator Andy Murph would want is to be called heroes.But that's what Senator Ted Cruz called them during a ceremony to honor them for what happened two years ago.Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann was attempting to serve an eviction notice on August 13, 2012.Thomas Caffall came out shooting. He killed Bachmann and a bystander, and injured three others ... before Murph and Lacox took him down, ending a deadly 45 minute standoff."There's no gift we can give that can match that act of valor," Senator Cruz said."We are proud for...
  • Texas Parents Stunned by Common Core Materials Coming Home From School

    09/04/2014 6:16:37 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4 Sep 2014, 5:25 AM PDT | Merrill Hope
    DALLAS, Texas -- It is like a Texas sampler platter of the 2014-15 Common Core offerings served up around the state -- Sadlier "Common Core Enriched Edition" Vocabulary, Springboard and Carnegie Math. There is even a kindergarten handout that defines the importance of the term "Common Core." Parents are up in arms. More so, they are worried. They have heard endlessly that there is no Common Core in Texas. It is the law. Yet, this is what is coming home in the backpacks. To her surprise, a Boerne Independent School District (ISD) parent pulled out the "6 Math Terms to Know...
  • Ted Cruz on illegal aliens: 'Throw Harry Reid out'

    09/04/2014 5:56:59 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 20 replies
    Examiner ^ | September 3, 2014 | Jim Kouri
    President Barack Obama's Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is threatening the Republicans with the prospect of allowing thousands of illegal aliens already deported to come back to the U.S., provided they have visible ties to Southern California, according to news reports on Wednesday. In fact, the White House and the Democrat lawmakers led by the Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, have already planned to spend millions of taxpayers' dollars on a media campaign in Mexico "advertising" the latest illegal alien bonanza. But rather than displaying fear in response a Obama's continued illegal illegal alien whirlwind, during a speech...
  • Libertarianism Is Incoherent Foreign Policy, 'Bush Doctrine" Little Better

    09/03/2014 6:02:22 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 Sep 2014, 2:36 PM PDT | Mike Flynn
    On Wednesday, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul seemed to reverse course on the crisis in the Middle East, calling now for the military destruction of the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist organization. In recent weeks, Paul has vacillated between downplaying the threat of ISIS to ruminating that previous US action was somehow responsible for the group's rise. Christian Whiton rightly takes Paul to task for this, but, in his critique, suggests that more robust intervention by the US in the Syrian civil war would have blocked ISIS. The two arguments are flip sides of the same flawed coin.  Both Paul and Whiton overstate...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Ted Cruz Predicts Impeachment of Top-Level Obama Official by GOP-Controlled Senate

    09/03/2014 2:20:16 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 45 replies
    RightWing News ^ | August 31, 2014 | Greg Campbell
    “The biggest divide that we’ve got in this country is not between Republicans and Democrats; the biggest political divide we have in this country is between career politicians in Washington in both parties and the American people. As you travel the country, what you hear over and over again from men and women on the streets, they say, “What happens? We elect these people, they go to Washington, and they stop listening to us. They are not listening to us.”   “I think the key to turn this country around is not Washington. If you look at Washington, D.C., you’ll...
  • Ted Cruz wants to make the 2014 election a referendum on ‘amnesty’

    09/02/2014 9:14:07 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 2 at 10:48 AM | Chris Cillizza
    In a fiery speech over the weekend to an Americans for Prosperity gathering in Texas, Ted Cruz made one thing absolutely clear: He'd love to have the 2014 midterms be decided on the issue of immigration."President Obama has made a decision to make this election in 2014 a national referendum on amnesty," Cruz said in reference to an expected executive order on immigration from the White House. "If you support amnesty, vote Democrat. If you oppose amnesty, throw Harry Reid out."Cruz went on: And every Democrat in the Senate who stood with Harry Reid blocking legislation to stop the amnesty,...
  • Ky. voters oppose dual Paul campaigns

    09/02/2014 7:40:19 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 02, 2014, 08:54 am | Mario Trujillo
    Sixty-six percent of Kentucky voters oppose changing a state law to allow Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to run for president and reelection to the Senate at the same time, according to a new poll. The Survey USA poll released Monday night found only 27 percent of voters believe the law should be changed to give Paul the opportunity to run for both offices simultaneously. Majorities of each party are opposed to the change, including 54 percent of Republicans, 57 percent of independents and 78 percent of Democrats. The current law, which says a candidate’s name cannot appear on the ballot more than once,...
  • Ted Cruz wants U.S. citizens fighting with Islamic State banished from country

    09/01/2014 3:08:17 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 62 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Kellan Howell
    Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, told a crowd of 3,000 at a conservative summit in Dallas that Americans fighting with Islamic State militants should be exiled from the country saying, “we need to not let into this country any American who is fighting with ISIS.”But some conservative politicians say that banishing American jihadists doesn’t go far enough, and that those who leave the country to fight for militant groups like the Islamic State, Hamas, or al Qaeda should be stripped of their citizenship.On Friday, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, who is running for a U.S. Senate seat in neighboring New...
  • Cruz’s 2014 GOP Victory Plan

    09/01/2014 9:23:21 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 31 Aug 2014 | SARAH RUMPF
    DALLAS, Texas — Texas Senator Ted Cruz recently spoke at the Defending the American Dream Summit organized by Americans for Prosperity. The eighth annual Summit was the largest in the event’s history, with over three thousand attendees, and Cruz’s popularity with the conservative crowd was obvious. Like Governor Rick Perry’s speech at the Summit, Cruz’s speech was enthusiastically received by the audience and received multiple standing ovations. AFP President Tim Phillips introduced Cruz as “one of our favorite United States Senators,” praising him as someone who “doesn’t just take the fight to the left… when it’s required, he stands up...
  • Karl Rove's PAC Trying to Win Arkansas, North Carolina by Running Left of Pryor, Hagan

    09/01/2014 9:14:04 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Aug 2014 | C. EDMUND WRIGHT
    Karl Rove and his Crossroads GPS PAC are about to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in the senate -- by campaigning to the left of incumbents Mark Pryor and Kay Hagan on behalf of Republican challengers Tom Cotton and Thom Tills. So blatant is this attempt in the latest round of TV ads that the Washington Post teased Rove with a headline that taunted him as a "bleeding heart liberal." Reporter/blogger Greg Sargent said in the story that the two ad campaigns "show Republicans once again hitting Dems from the left on entitlements." Salon ridiculed the North Carolina...
  • First on CNN: Cruz returning to New Hampshire next weekend

    09/01/2014 8:58:28 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | August 29th, 2014 | Paul Steinhauser
    (CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is heading back to New Hampshire next weekend. It will be the third visit this year by the freshman Republican senator and potential 2016 presidential contender to the state that holds the first primary in the race for the White House.According to a source close to the senator, Cruz will speak at the Hillsborough County Republican Committee Primary Dinner on September 6. Another potential 2016 contender, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, will also give remarks at the dinner. Follow @politicaltickerFollow @psteinhausercnnThe next day, Cruz will hold events in the southern part of the state.
  • Cruz: Federal judge’s abortion decision a ‘real war on women’

    09/01/2014 8:52:59 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 9 replies
    washington Times ^ | August 30, 2014 | Kellan Howell
    Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, called a federal judge’s Friday decision to strike down stricter medical regulations on abortion and the clinics a “real war on women.”The bill, which was signed by Gov. Rick Perry last July, would place limits on abortions after 20 weeks and set tighter safety standards on abortion clinics in the state.“Today’s decision is a setback and would allow abortion facilities to continue operating under substandard conditions — that is a real war on women,” Mr. Cruz, who is considering a bid for president in 2016, wrote on his Facebook page.The new standards, set to begin...
  • 'The Russian bear is encountering the Obama kitty cat': Ted Cruz slams Obama for refusing to

    09/01/2014 8:35:22 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Francesca Chambers | Francesca Chambers
    Republican Sen. Ted Cruz unloaded on President Barack Obama at a conservative conference on Saturday afternoon over the U.S. leader's refusal to directly confront Russia over it's invasion of Ukraine last week.After claiming that 'all across this world America has receded from leadership' Cruz told attendees of Americans for Prosperity's annual Defending the American Dream Summit, held this year in the Texas lawmaker's home state, Cruz zeroed in on Obama's handling of the situation in Ukraine.'Look at Russia right now,' Cruz said, according to Business Insider. 'Sadly, the state of the world is the Russian bear is encountering the Obama...
  • In Texas, Ted Cruz sounds like he's running in 2016

    09/01/2014 8:19:58 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 51 replies
    AP ^ | Published August 30, 2014
    DALLAS –  Republican Sen. Ted Cruz sounds increasingly like he's made up his mind to run for president in 2016, telling an influential gathering of conservative activists Saturday that "we are part of a grassroots fire that is sweeping this country." "I'm convinced we're going to win in 2014, and 2016 is going to be even better," the Texas Republican said during a summit of Americans for Prosperity, the political arm of the billionaire GOP donors Charles and David Koch. "And in the year 2017, a Republican president in the Rose Garden is going to sign a bill repealing every...
  • Prosperity-Alarmists to Protest Ted Cruz Summit

    08/29/2014 7:33:25 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 9 replies ^ | Thu, Aug 28, 2014, 08:44 PM | Tom McGregor
    Voters seeking to abolish American prosperity, otherwise known as Democrats, plan to demonstrate against economic growth at a Sen. Ted Cruz (R.-Tx.) Summit to be held in Dallas on Friday morning.According to a Prosperity-Alarmist press release, "Area retirees with the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans (TARA) will be outside the Dallas Omni Hotel protesting the Americans For Prosperity “Defending the American Dream Summit” in Dallas on Friday, August 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM. TARA members will be joined by members of the Texas Organizing Project (TOP)." Sen. Ted Cruz is scheduled to tout the virtues of American Prosperity at the summit.As...
  • Ted Cruz feeds 2016 buzz with hires

    08/29/2014 7:24:39 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/28/14 8:57 PM EDT | BURGESS EVERETT and JOHN BRESNAHAN
    Ted Cruz is beefing up his political staff as speculation heats up that the Texas senator may run for president in 2016.The Republican firebrand is adding muscle to his campaign and political operations to help Cruz and his staff keep up with the growing political demands on Cruz since he arrived in the Senate in 2013 and achieved fame — or notoriety, depending on one’s view.Joel Mowbray, a consultant for a foreign policy think tank, has been volunteering for the political operation and “will end up playing a role” on the paid political staff, the adviser said. Nick Muzin, a...
  • Cruz, Huckabee to headline 'Star Spangled Sunday' at CLT's First Baptist

    08/27/2014 7:34:08 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 4 replies
    Two possible contenders for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination – Senator Ted Cruz and former Gov. Mike Huckabee – are scheduled to be in Charlotte on Sept. 14 to headline “Star Spangled Sunday,” a live national webcast from First Baptist Church of Charlotte.The Rev. Mark Harris, who pastors First Baptist, said the event celebrating the 200th anniversary of the National Anthem, a.k.a. “The Star Spangled Banner,” is also set to include some other speakers popular with conservative Christians. Namely Steve Green, president of Hobby Lobby, the national chain of craft stores, and the Benham brothers – David and Jason –...
  • Ted Cruz supports ALS research that 'respects human life'

    08/27/2014 7:27:53 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 26, 2014, 07:06 pm | Mario Trujillo
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge last week in support of a research institution that does not use embryonic stem cells. Cruz posted on his Facebook page Tuesday that he and his wife personally support the John Paul II Medical Research Institute, which conducts groundbreaking research into a cure for the disease "without using embryonic stem cells" and that "respects human life." The ALS Association, however, is the nonprofit most linked with the viral challenge that urges those nominated to pour a bucket of ice water on their head or donate money to fight ALS, more...
  • It’s Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin versus Jan Brewer in Arizona today

    08/26/2014 12:51:12 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 26 at 11:45 AM | Sean Sullivan
    A victory-starved national tea party movement has a final opportunity to claim a statewide win ahead of the general election campaign, pinning its hopes on Doug Ducey in Tuesday's Republican primary for governor of Arizona.Ducey, Arizona's state treasurer and the former chief executive of Cold Stone Creamery, is backed by national tea party leaders like Sarah Palin and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Mike Lee (R-Tex.). His main rival is Scott Smith, the former mayor of Mesa and a more moderate Republican. A third candidate, Christine Jones, is a wildcard."I think this Republican race here is the epitome of the infighting...
  • Protest and Counter-Protest: Opposing Groups Protest at Sen. Cruz Office

    08/16/2014 12:40:18 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Aug 2014 | Bob Price
    HOUSTON, Texas -- Opposing views on the issue of border security and open borders engaged in a standoff of words outside the Houston office of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). The groups were as opposite on the issues as they were the side of the street where they stood. Pro-Amnesty groups supporting an expansion of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) stood on the side opposite Senator Cruz's Houston district office while border security activists stood on the side closest to his office. Houston Police patrol officers, almost outnumbering the protesters, were on hand to make sure both groups remained separated. After...
  • Pro and anti illegal immigrant protestors demonstrate outside Ted Cruz offices

    08/16/2014 11:17:10 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 7 replies
    Examiner ^ | August 15, 2014 | Mark Whittington
    A Thursday story in Breitbart News reported that pro illegal immigration demonstrators and anti-illegal demonstrators, numbering about 20 a piece, protested outside the Houston offices of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. It has been previously announced that a group claiming to represent young illegal immigrants would attempt to forcibly occupy Cruz’s offices. Instead a delegation of six of the protestors were invited to meet with Cruz’s staff to air their grievances.Cruz has taken something of a hard line against the surge of illegal immigrants, many of them unaccompanied children, which has inundated the southern border in recent months. In a recent...
  • Ted Cruz rallies to the support of his friend and political rival Rick Perry

    08/16/2014 8:25:24 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 80 replies
    Examiner ^ | August 16, 2014 | Mark Whittington
    In a sign that the indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry for abuse of office and coercion may not be having the political effects some have hoped for, Sen. Ted Cruz, the Republican junior senator from Texas, has taken to his Facebook page to express support for the governor. Cruz is considered a possible rival to Perry for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. However differences are being set aside, at least for the time being, to rally around Perry.“Unfortunately, there has been a sad history of the Travis County District Attorney's Office engaging in politically-motivated prosecutions, and this...
  • Senator Cruz: Secure the Border, End the Amnesty, and Celebrate Legal Immigration

    08/15/2014 11:16:55 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 10 replies
    CFIF ^ | August 14 2014 | Senator Ted Cruz
    This op-ed originally appeared in The Texas Tribune on August 13, 2014.We should welcome a debate over how to secure our borders and reform the legal immigration system. That’s not a debate, however, that President Obama and his supporters are willing to have.Instead, they are devoted to amnesty — and they’re holding the safety and security of our nation hostage to get it.Although polling shows that 68 percent of Americans disapprove of Obama’s immigration policies, the president and his allies remain committed to an agenda that has created an unprecedented humanitarian crisis at our southern border.As the son of a refugee...
  • Rand Paul: If you don't realize race skews the justice system, you're not paying attention

    08/14/2014 7:11:06 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 70 replies
    UPI ^ | Aug. 14, 2014 at 3:37 PM | Matt Bradwell
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- In an op-ed for Time magazine, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul spoke to concerns about the role big government is playing in over-policing protestors in Ferguson, Mo., in the aftermath of Michael Brown's death at the hands of local police.Paul, who has recently emerged as a vocal critic of the role race plays in the criminal justice system, continued to speak to his concerns about "big government" through the lens of police, writing, "There is a legitimate role for the police to keep the peace, but there should be a difference between a police response and...
  • Perry’s National Guard Deployment Order Sparks Debate Between Border Area Sheriffs

    08/14/2014 6:13:58 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Jul 2014 | Bob Price
    ROCKPORT, Texas—Texas Governor Rick Perry’s decision to activate the Texas National Guard and deploy them along a relatively small sector of the Texas-Mexico border has brought criticism from one border county’s sheriff’s office and praise from another. While some leaders along the border appear to be concerned about a “militarization” of the border region, others see it as an opportunity to stop the senseless deaths that have been occurring South Texas. At least one sheriff questioned the wisdom of Perry’s decision to send military people into the area who are not authorized to stop anyone, according to the Dallas Morning News...
  • Cruz Spokesman: Protesters Outside My Office Could Just Ask for a Meeting

    08/14/2014 6:05:50 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 15 replies
    National Review Online ^ | August 12, 2014 4:01 PM | Joel Gehrke
    Illegal immigration activists who plan to protest outside of the office of Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) could get inside the office if they would only ask, a Cruz aide says.“Of course, it’s this group’s First Amendment right to say what they want to say and we are happy to talk, if they are willing, but we have not received such a request,” Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier told National Review Online when asked about United We Dream’s plan to protest at the senator’s Houston office on Thursday.Maria Fernanda Cabello, an organizer at youth-immigrant advocacy group United We Dream, said that they...
  • Cruz: 2016 candidates should "stand up and lead"

    08/11/2014 6:47:41 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 12 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | Aman Batheja
    FORT WORTH — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said Friday evening that Republicans thinking of running for president should lead by example, and he suggested that some of the names being thrown around by political pundits are of politicians who are not currently doing so.“By all accounts, there are 10, 12, 15 people who seem to be thinking about running,” Cruz told reporters after delivering a speech at the RedState Gathering, an annual conference hosted by the conservative blog. “What I would encourage each of them to do is stand up and lead. I think it would be fantastic if, a...
  • Ted Cruz: Obama Must Seek Congressional Authorization For Iraq Strikes

    08/10/2014 7:28:44 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 19 replies
    Time ^ | Aug. 9, 2014 | Zeke J Miller
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said Saturday that President Barack Obama must seek congressional authorization for U.S. strikes on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) if they continue.Speaking to reporters following a speech to Iowa conservatives, Cruz declared the rise of the islamist militant group “the latest manifestation of the failures of the Obama-Clinton foreign policies.”While Obama has said the strikes are “limited” to protect American forces and personnel, as well as vulnerable Iraqi refugees, Cruz said Obama had yet to articulate a “clear military objective” for the strikes, calling on the president to focus on U.S. national security...
  • Ted Cruz: President Obama Should Spend Less Time Golfing, More Time Leading

    08/10/2014 7:22:57 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9 Aug 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    Speaking to reporters after his speech at the Iowa state fair, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) criticized President Obama for failing to demonstrate leadership -- even though he had begun airstrikes in Iraq. “Airstrikes could well make sense, to degrade the lethality of ISIS if they are directed towards accomplishing a concrete defined military objective that furthers U.S. national security interests,” Cruz said. “What is missing right now is the Commander-in-Chief laying out a strategic vision.” Cruz called for a vision and moral leadership that he explained could only come from the president. “The president unfortunately is an absentee president,” Cruz...
  • Ted Cruz: ISIS is the Face of Evil

    08/10/2014 7:20:09 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9 Aug 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    Sen. Ted Cruz responded to President Obama’s statement on Iraq on Saturday, criticizing him for failing to properly address the threat posed by ISIS. “Sadly what’s happening in Iraq is the latest manifestation of the failures of the Obama/Clinton foreign policy,” Cruz said, pointing out that since Obama took power, America’s leadership has receded. Cruz spoke at length about the crisis in Iraq with reporters following his appearance at the Faith Leadership Summit in Iowa. “What ISIS is doing in Iraq is unspeakable; ISIS is the face of evil,” Cruz said. “ISIS right now is crucifying Christians in Iraq. Crucifixion...
  • Ted Cruz's "Five Conservative Victories"

    08/10/2014 6:40:43 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 20 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Aug 10, 2014 | Kevin Glass
    Sen. Ted Cruz spoke at the 2014 Red State Gathering in Ft. Worth on Friday, telling the hundreds of gathered conservative activists not to believe the media's rhetoric on the lagging conservative movement - that, in his time in Washington, there are distinct and powerful victories that conservatives can be proud of. He named five victories, and two that, in his words, "are fixin' to be completed." 1. The defeat of President Obama and congressional Democrats' proposed gun control measures Conventional wisdom last year was that the President's gun control proposals were unstoppable... I was proud to stand with my...
  • WaPo: Romney 2016 idea gaining steam among his supporters [Ebola-Level BARF]

    08/04/2014 9:49:02 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 41 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 11:21 am on August 4, 2014
    You didn’t think I was going to let this tasty morsel from Saturday go undevoured, did you?Pay attention to the timeline. Asked whether he and other Republican officials are coalescing around Romney as a 2016 favorite, [Wyoming Gov. Matt] Mead said: “There is a movement afoot. . . . I’d tell him, ‘Governor Romney, people here in Wyoming and around the country would encourage you to take another look at it.’ ”…In June, Romney’s donor retreat in Park City, Utah, had the feel of a revival. Although Christie and Paul spoke at the elite confab, the buzz was about drafting Romney…Still, the Chamber’s...