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  • ARG POLL- NH (Tr 25 Kas 14 Rub 14 Cruz 9)

    01/11/2016 2:47:37 PM PST · by VinL · 55 replies
    Survey Sponsor: American Research Group, Inc. The American Research Group has been conducting surveys of voters since 1985. Sample Size: 600 completed telephone interviews among a random sample of likely Republican primary voters living in New Hampshire (340 Republicans and 260 undeclared voters (independents)). Sample Dates: January 7-10, 2016 Margin of Error: ± 4 percentage points, 95% of the time, on questions where opinion is evenly split. Question Wording: If the 2016 Republican presidential preference primary were being held today between (names rotated) Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Jim Gilmore, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, Rand...
  • Judge Nap: Cruz's American Citizenship Is Settled and Established

    01/11/2016 8:53:37 AM PST · by VinL · 296 replies
    Fox ^ | 1/11/15 | Staff
    Donald Trump continues to raise the issue of Sen.Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) American citizenship. In a Fox News Sunday interview (below), Trump argued that the Canadian-born senator must "get this problem solved" before potentially running against a Democrat in the fall and facing a lawsuit. "Does 'natural-born' mean born to the land, meaning born on the land? In that case, he's not. But nobody knows what it means because it hasn't been adjudicated and it hasn't gone to the Supreme Court," said Trump. On America's Newsroom this morning, Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said that Cruz's American citizenship...
  • Iowa Voters Dismiss Trump’s Questions on Cruz Citizenship

    01/10/2016 6:42:48 PM PST · by VinL · 45 replies
    ABC ^ | 1/10/16 | Staff
    Donald Trump's questions about Ted Cruz's citizenship may not be helping him in Iowa. In fact, they may be boosting his rival according to one group of Hawkeye State voters. In his latest focus group, pollster Frank Luntz asked if the fact that Cruz was born in Canada, to an American mother, raised legitimate concerns about his eligibility for president, as Trump has suggested. Only six of 27 participants raised their hands, even though seven identified Trump as their first-choice candidate. One participant said the issue exposes Trump as "unserious," while another called it a "joke." "Just a few months...
  • Donald Trump asks a Reno audience to weigh in on Ted Cruz’s eligibility

    01/10/2016 5:29:53 PM PST · by VinL · 527 replies
    WashPo ^ | Jenna Johnson
    After days of coyly raising questions about Ted Cruz's eligibility to be president, given that he was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father, Donald Trump let his audience weigh in at a rally Sunday afternoon. "Is he a natural-born citizen?" the Republican White House hopeful asked several thousand gathered in a Reno ballroom. Members of the crowd shouted back, "No!" "I don't know," Trump said. "Honestly, we don't know. Who the hell knows." Cruz was Trump's No. 1 target during the 65-minute event, revealing just how much of a threat the Republican senator from Texas...
  • Trump escalates attacks on Ted Cruz’s eligibility to run

    01/09/2016 6:07:50 PM PST · by VinL · 62 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 1/9/16 | Scott Bauer
    Donald Trump taunted fellow Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz over his eligibility to be president on Saturday, offering the following response to Cruz's instance that he's a natural born citizen: "You're not." "You can't have a person running for office, even though Ted is very glib and he goes out and he says, 'Oh, well, I'm a natural born citizen.' The point is, you're not," Trump said during a rally in Clear Lake, Iowa. "I mean, you've got to get a declaratory judgement, you have to have the courts come up with a ruling or you have a candidate who...
  • In Iowa, Trump intensifies ‘birther’ attack against Cruz

    01/09/2016 4:16:21 PM PST · by VinL · 345 replies
    ABC ^ | 1/9/16 | Staff
    Donald Trump intensified his criticism of Ted Cruz at two Iowa campaign rallies on Saturday, urging voters to reject the Texas senator by saying his Canadian birth raises serious questions about his eligibility to become president. "He was born in Canada. I guess his parents voted in Canada," Trump said at an afternoon rally in Clear Lake. "So if you were born in Canada, immediately it's a little bit of a problem." Trump added: "You cannot put somebody there that's gonna go in ... he's going to be immediately sued." Earlier Saturday, Trump said at a rally in Ottumwa that...
  • Gallup: The candidate with the highest favorable rating among Republicans is … Ted Cruz?

    01/08/2016 4:58:10 PM PST · by VinL · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | 1/8/16 | staf
    Is it unfair to put a question mark in that headline? Cruz fans will say, "What's so surprising about it?!" But look, it is surprising. A politician's favorable rating is typically treated as a measure of his personal likability, and Cruz is not known as a guy to whom people easily take a shine the way they do to, say, Ben Carson or Marco Rubio. Cruz is aware of this too, cleverly joking at the CNBC debate on October 29th that he might not be the candidate you'd most like to have a beer with but he'll get you home...
  • FOX Poll: Ted Cruz Still On Top in Iowa Over Donald Trump

    01/08/2016 4:11:12 PM PST · by VinL · 100 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/9/16 | Jeff Halpern
    Donald Trump is still the top pick for Republicans nationwide, but in Iowa, the billionaire is playing catch up. More than a third of Republicans nationwide tell a FOX News survey they support Donald Trump's bid for the nomination, but that 35% figure is actually down from last month. Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio follow at 20 and 13%. Trump dominates the field in New Hampshire as well, leading with 33%. Rubio is second, but well behind at 15%. But in Iowa, it's Cruz still in control. The Texas Senator led Trump in last month's poll and has increased...
  • Romney: Cruz is a 'natural born citizen'

    01/08/2016 12:13:22 PM PST · by VinL · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/9/16 | Jesse Byrne
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Friday defended Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) from those questioning the GOP candidate's eligibility to be president. Romney tweeted that Cruz "is a 'natural born citizen.' Obama too. Even George Romney," he said, referencing his father who was born to American parents in Mexico and ran for president. "This isn't the issue you're looking for," Romney added of the Cruz citizenship debate. Romney has weighed in on other controversies during the 2016 GOP primary in his effort to help shape dialogue in the race and become a mentor in the party. The 2012 Republican presidential...
  • Ted Cruz on Trump: I'll never have 'a plane with my name on it'

    01/08/2016 12:06:41 PM PST · by VinL · 179 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/9/16 | Theodore Schliefer
    Under assault from Donald Trump, Ted Cruz offered something of a thinly veiled contrast Friday.... Cruz, in the middle of an intense 28-county bus tour, has been arguing that he is out working the GOP field on the ground as they rely on "slick Hollywood TV ads." Asked by reporters if he had much faith in the ground game of a Trump, Cruz mocked his opulence. "I feel confident that I'm never going to have a plane with my name on it," he said at a church. "How do you run a grassroots campaign? It's very time intensive. It's labor...
  • Chuck Todd: ‘I Think One Guy that Can Stop Trump Is Cruz’

    01/08/2016 7:37:37 AM PST · by VinL · 65 replies
    Gambian (via MSNBC) ^ | 1/9/16 | Staff
    SCARBOROUGH:... So what's your scenario for an outside scenario for how trump gets stopped at this point? TODD: I think it's Cruz. I think it's Cruz winning Iowa and somehow, the establishment never coalescing in new Hampshire and allowing maybe Cruz or Trump to be basically neck and neck in New Hampshire but especially if Cruz, I think it's very possible Cruz over-performs in New Hampshire than what people expect because of the fact there's so many candidates fighting for the moderate wing of that electorate it's going to leave Cruz by himself with the Liberals and the smaller group...
  • Trump’s Attacks Aren’t Fooling Ted Cruz’s Supporters

    01/07/2016 9:32:46 PM PST · by VinL · 109 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 1/8/16 | Rosie Gray
    Ted Cruz is doing his best to avoid Donald Trump's birtherstyle attacks, but it's not easy when you're on a bus tour with a pack of reporters questioning you about it every chance they get. And when another rival candidate echoes the questions about whether Cruz is really eligible to be president, given his Canadian birth. And when a nemesis of yours in the Senate lends credence to the question, too. So far, Cruz has dismissed the growing miasma the same way he has done in the past. (Trump has also raised questions about Cruz's evangelical Christianity and claimed Cruz.)...
  • Is Canadian-born Ted Cruz eligible to be president? ‘No question’ says Senator Orrin Hatch

    01/07/2016 5:57:26 PM PST · by VinL · 84 replies
    Fox ^ | 1/8/16 | Matt Roth
    <p>Texas Senator Ted Cruz doesn't have the endorsement of Utah's senior Republican Senator, but he just got an important legal opinion that could be more valuable.</p> <p>Senator Orrin Hatch is the senior Republican and President Pro-Tem of the Senate. He's also a long-time member and former chair of the Judiciary Committee, putting him as close to the federal judiciary as any legislator in Washington.</p>
  • Watch Ted Cruz Take on a DREAMer in Iowa (Video)

    01/07/2016 12:57:04 PM PST · by VinL · 27 replies
    RedState ^ | 1/8/16 | L. Wolfe
    Yesterday the DNC sent a plant to a Ted Cruz campaign event in Storm Lake, Iowa. The woman, Ofelia Valdez, is an illegal immigrant who is here under Obama's DACA program. She asked, in a quavering voice, what was clearly intended to be a gotcha question of Cruz that was designed to make him look bad. I think Cruz knocked his response out of the park:... A couple of points about this particular story. First, this woman's video was uploaded to the DNCC's YouTube channel, which you can see if you open the video in YouTube itself. This story was...
  • Pelosi leaves door open on question over Cruz's eligibility

    01/07/2016 12:17:43 PM PST · by VinL · 44 replies
    ... Nancy Pelosi wouldn't say Thursday whether she thought Cruz was a "naturally-born" citizen when asked about it... She waved off weighing in, saying it was "inside baseball" and a constitutional issue. But she also made a point of pointing out that ...McCain -- who was born outside the U.S. mainland in the Panama Canal Zone at a military base -- was born in U.S. territory versus Cruz, who was born in Canada, saying "perhaps there is a distinction." ...Donald Trump escalated his attack against Cruz on Wednesday while the Texas senator sought to move past the hits and maintain...
  • Dreamer Says She Fears Deportation After Exchange with Ted Cruz

    01/07/2016 11:50:23 AM PST · by VinL · 93 replies
    NBC ^ | 1/8/16 | S.Gamboa
    GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz told a young woman who expressed fears that the next president might deport people like her that there are consequences for law breakers. Cruz's response to Ofelia Valdez, who works for a non-profit that assists children with special needs, drew applause from those attending the Storm Lake, Iowa, event Wednesday. The exchange was captured on video by the Democratic Party, which provided a copy of the video to NBC News Latino. To see the video, click here. Valdez, 30, identified herself as one of the approximately 700,000 immigrants who arrived or stayed in the country...
  • Megadonor Uihlein gives $1M to Cruz PAC

    01/07/2016 11:43:54 AM PST · by VinL · 27 replies
    WPTZ ^ | 1/8/16 | T.Schleifler
    Dick Uilhlein, one of the top Republican megadonors nationwide, has decided to back Ted Cruz's presidential campaign and has donated $1 million to his super PAC. Uilhlein committed on Wednesday evening, according to Drew Ryun, a super PAC official with Keep The Promise PAC. "He is one of the top five courted GOP donors," Ryun told CNN. "For us to land him is a good shot in the arm for Ted, and it really sets the stage going into Iowa." Uilhlein previously backed Scott Walker's campaign and gave $2.5 million to his super PAC. Uilhlein, of Illinois, started the shipping...
  • John McCain’s cold-blooded revenge on Ted Cruz

    01/07/2016 7:24:39 AM PST · by VinL · 80 replies
    WashPo ^ | 1/7/16 | C. Cilizza
    A great man once said: The arc of the moral universe is long, and it bends toward revenge. John McCain proved the power of revenge on Wednesday night when asked about his longtime nemesis Ted Cruz's eligibility to be president, despite being born in Canada. "I don't know the answer to that," McCain said on the "Chris Merrill Show" on Wednesday. "I know it came up in my race because I was born in Panama, but I was born in the Canal Zone, which is a territory.... Boom goes the dynamite. It's no secret that Cruz is hated by McCain...
  • John McCain: Ted Cruz's citizenship is "worth looking into"

    01/06/2016 6:23:17 PM PST · by VinL · 130 replies
    CBS ^ | 1/6/16 | Staff
    Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, who faced questions as the 2008 GOP presidential nominee about his birth abroad, is now posing the same question to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. In an interview Wednesday on Phoenix radio station 550 KFYI's Chris Merill Show, McCain said he "doesn't know" whether Cruz's birth in Canada makes him eligible to be president. Cruz, whose father was born in Cuba, asserts that he is a U.S. citizen because his mother was an American. "I know that came up in my race because I was born in Panama, but I was born in the Canal Zone which...
  • Trump to scrap UK investments if barred from Britain

    01/06/2016 6:12:09 PM PST · by VinL · 87 replies
    YAHOO ^ | 1/6/16 | STAFF
    Donald Trump will scrap $1 billion of planned investments in Britain if he is banned from entering the country, a spokesman for the US politician's business empire said on Wednesday. British lawmakers are expected to debate whether the Republican presidential candidate should be barred from Britain for an alleged "hate speech", a move the Trump Organization said would set a "dangerous precedent". The organisation said the US tycoon had planned to invest a total of £700 million pounds (950 million euros, $1 billion) in two golf courses he owns in Scotland. "Any action to restrict travel would force The Trump...
  • Ted Cruz promises conservative Iowa something it’s never had: a nominee

    01/06/2016 5:02:15 PM PST · by VinL · 10 replies
    WashPo ^ | 1/6/16 | Dave Weigal
    The crowd to see Sen. Ted Cruz (RTex.) spilled across the Dordt College student center, filling every inch of floor space and crawling up two stairways. A little more than 7,000 people lived in the city; at least 700 had crammed into the building. Grinning and thanking God, Rep. Steve King (RIowa) imagined what caucus night could be like if they and their neighbors turned out, really, really turned out. "I want to build an America that looks like Sioux County looks," said King. "Do what Sioux County does, and direct the destiny of the caucuses. You know you offset...
  • Ted Cruz’s Iowa Bus Tour: Loaded Pizza, and Loaded Guns (LOL)

    01/06/2016 3:19:19 PM PST · by VinL · 3 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 1/6/16 | M.Flegenheimer
    Mr. Cruz, asked about gun rights, offered a tale of a Texas woman he said he knew who had been pulled over by a police officer. Woman: "Officer, I need to tell you, I've got a Glock here strapped on my hip. And I've got a .38-revolver in my boot over here. And I've got a double barrel shotgun under the seat over here. And I've actually got a single shot derringer in my other boot." Officer: "Goodness gracious, what on earth are you afraid of?" Woman: "Not a dang thing."
  • The Machiavellian Brilliance of Ted Cruz

    01/06/2016 3:00:56 PM PST · by VinL · 22 replies
    Redstate ^ | 1/6/16 | Leon Wolf
    Throughout the course of Ted Cruz's brief Senate career, he made a name for himself primarily by mounting losing campaigns. In so doing, he built up an enormous cache of goodwill with a growing bloc of disaffected Republican voters. Now, to the consternation of the many enemies he made along the way, Ted Cruz is cashing in that goodwill during the course of running the most ruthlessly effective Presidential campaign we have seen in at least a generation. Ted Cruz's introduction to America at large was during the course of a shutdown over Obamacare that he was primarily responsible for...
  • NO NO NO: Ted Cruz is NOT flip-flopping on ethanol

    01/06/2016 1:27:58 PM PST · by VinL · 52 replies
    Right Scoop ^ | 1/6/16 | Staff
    Ted Cruz's critics are doing everything they can to try and hurt him among voters in Iowa, even if it means accusing him of flip flopping when that's absolutely not the case. America's Renewable Future has a new post titled "Senator Ted Cruz Listens to Iowa Farmers, Supports Renewable Fuel Standard Through 2022". In that post they play audio of Ted Cruz answering a question about ending ethanol subsidies, where he said he supports a 5 year phase out of the subsidy. People have done the math starting at 2017 and concluded that the subsidy would remain until 2022. Heres...
  • Donald Trump Keeps Dwelling on Ted Cruz Citizenship Issue

    01/06/2016 6:23:39 AM PST · by VinL · 362 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 1/6/16 | A.Rappaport
    Donald Trump continued to fan the flames of doubt over Senator Ted Cruz's citizenship on Wednesday, suggesting that his Canadian roots might be a problem if he won the Republican presidential nomination. "It's a problem for him, and it's a problem obviously for the Republicans," Mr. Trump said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "Let's assume he got a nomination and the Democrats bring suit, the suit takes two to three years to solve, so how do you run?" Mr. Trump addressed the issue in interviews on Tuesday and the concern comes less than a month before voters begin caucusing in...
  • Trump: Cruz "didn't give me credit" for border wall idea

    01/06/2016 6:01:35 AM PST · by VinL · 102 replies
    CBS ^ | 1/6/16 | Staff
    Donald Trump, who credits himself for bringing the issue of illegal immigration to the complaining that... Ted Cruz hasn't given him due credit for his proposal to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. "The other day I heard Ted Cruz say we're going to have a border, we're going to have a wall," Trump told MSNBC on Wednesday. "It's the first one I've heard!" "Finally, somebody's coming around," he said. "I give him credit for that. But he didn't give me credit." It was a grievance Trump has been airing since Sunday, ...{Cruz is] "trying to step up...
  • Donald Trump and Ted Cruz Are Poised to Seize the GOP Nomination

    01/05/2016 8:49:02 PM PST · by VinL · 58 replies
    Observer ^ | 1/5/16 | Brent Budowsky
    If Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz join forces during the primary season, running as a potential ticket with either one taking the position at the top, the civil war that now plagues the Republican Party would almost certainly end as a rout of the GOP establishment and a sweeping victory for the anti-establishment rebellion that would choose the nominee. The mathematics of the hostile takeover of the GOP by the anti-establishment wing of the party are so obvious that the idea of a Trump-Cruz ticket, or a Cruz-Trump ticket, must have occurred to both candidates. Messrs. Trump and Cruz,...
  • Trump says Cruz’s Canadian birth could be ‘very precarious’ for GOP

    01/05/2016 3:33:13 PM PST · by VinL · 396 replies
    WashPo ^ | 1/5/16 | R. Costa
    <p>Donald Trump said in an interview that rival Ted Cruz's Canadian birthplace was a"very precarious" issue that could make the senator from Texas vulnerable if he became the Republican presidential nominee.</p> <p>Trump added: "I'd hate to see something like that get in his way. But a lot of people are talking about it and I know that even some states are looking at it very strongly, the fact that he was born in Canada and he has had a double passport."</p>
  • Ted Cruz’s campaign: ‘Obama wants your guns’

    01/05/2016 2:09:20 PM PST · by VinL · 12 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/5/16 | M.Walsh
    Ted Cruz's opinion of President Obama's stance on gun violence was abundantly clear on his website Tuesday. The Ted Cruz for President campaign pulled the trigger on an Internet fundraiser Tuesday that capitalizes on President Obama's push for tighter gun control mere hours earlier. "Obama wants your guns," reads an ominous headline. "Support the protection of your Second Amendment rights!" The appeal for campaign cash on Cruz's official website features a large Photoshopped picture of the president in what appears to be SWAT gear. On Twitter, the Republican presidential candidate and Texas senator urged his supporters to fight back against...
  • Ted Cruz’s Iowa Bus Tour: A Blind Man Walks Into a Library …

    01/05/2016 1:41:21 PM PST · by VinL · 12 replies
    NYtimes ^ | 1/5/16 | MFlegheimer
    ....After his speech, Mr. Cruz was approached by a blind man, who quietly told the senator a joke before praising him as the most promising conservative since Ronald Reagan. Mr. Cruz summoned a reporter to quote the voter. The man repeated the Reagan line. "Tell the first line,"Mr. Cruz instructed. His guest obliged. "I'm blind," he began, "but I can still see through Hillary Clinton."
  • Donald Trump is ignorant. What’s Ted Cruz’s excuse?

    01/05/2016 11:33:23 AM PST · by VinL · 73 replies
    Wash Po ^ | 1/5/16 | J,Ruben
    <p>Donald Trump says lots of ridiculous and offensive things. One suspects, however, he is sincere but has not bothered to educate himself on matters of public policy and is not much of a deep thinker. (Being an aggressive businessman who inherited enormous wealth does not take much brains.) Sen. Ted Cruz (RTex.), however, has no such excuse, and he's starting to sound even more ridiculous than the man whom is he chasing for the nomination.</p>
  • Ted Cruz: Trump Will Let Deported Immigrants Back In, I Won’t

    01/05/2016 8:28:11 AM PST · by VinL · 231 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 1/5/16 | S/Kacynski
    Ted Cruz said during an appearance in Iowa on Monday that there’s a difference between him and Donald Trump on immigration. The Texas senator, who is leading the field of Republican presidential candidates in Iowa according to the latest polls, was asked by a man in the state if, like Trump, he believed that all undocumented immigrants should be deported. Cruz replied, “Absolutely yes.” “And in fact, look, there’s a difference,” said Cruz. “He’s advocated allowing folks to come back in and become citizens. I oppose that.” Cruz is on a six-day trip around the state to shore up support...
  • Ted Cruz expands horizons beyond Iowa

    01/04/2016 8:04:42 PM PST · by VinL · 7 replies
    CBS ^ | Alemany
    Ted Cruz is hitting a well-timed stride, topping several Republican polls in Iowa and basking in media attention about his popularity in the state where the first voting contest will be held, in the first week of February. Now, with less than a month until the first votes of the 2016 race, Cruz is looking beyond Iowa to a state that might be a harder sell for him: New Hampshire. The Texas Senator has not been to New Hampshire since November, but he is planning an all-out blitz of the state later this month, pegged to a Jan. 17 bus...
  • Cruz surges to top in California GOP poll

    01/04/2016 7:48:55 PM PST · by VinL · 102 replies
    SFChronicle ^ | 1/4/16 | John Wildermuth
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's growing support among California's hard-core conservatives and evangelical voters has pushed him out in front of Donald Trump among likely voters in the state’s June 7 Republican presidential primary, a new Field Poll shows. While Cruz's 25 to 23 percent lead over the billionaire businessman is a statistical tie, the freshman senator's position is stronger since plenty of California Republicans are scared to death of seeing Trump as their party's nominee. In a state where 28 percent of likely Republican voters say they'd be "upset" if Trump was on the ballot come November, "Trump doesn't have...
  • Trump is so scared of losing Iowa to Cruz, he’s wetting his pants

    01/03/2016 3:15:09 PM PST · by VinL · 4 replies
    RedState ^ | 1/4/16 | Neil Stevens
    Donald Trump was on Face the Nation, and had an epic tantrum. Right now he's so scared of losing to Ted Cruz, he's having to lash out in ridiculous ways. It's interesting seeing what Trump looks like when he's behind, he knows he's behind, and he's wetting his pants scared of being the big, fat loser. Here's the key transcript: DICKERSON: When you say about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100%, "Not too many evangelicals come out of Cuba,” what does that mean? TRUMP: Well, it just means that Cuba generally speaking is a Catholic country. And you don’t equate evangelicals...
  • 'Outsider' Cruz has rocketed his way in

    01/03/2016 1:35:10 PM PST · by VinL · 43 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 1/4/15 | Kevin Diaz
    A year ago, Ted Cruz was branded a "wacko bird" among Senate Republicans, a quarrelsome figure with few friends beyond tea party voters in Texas who sent him to Washington. Jeb Bush, a mainstream conservative with deep family ties to the Lone Star State, seemed like the party's prohibitive favorite. Donald Trump was hardly a glimmer in voters' eyes. Now, at the start of 2016, Cruz has rocketed to the lead in critical Iowa GOP caucuses, while Bush seems to be having trouble getting out of park. Drafting in Trump's aerodynamic slipstream, Cruz has spent much of 2015 methodically calibrating...
  • Now that he’s predicted a win in Iowa, Ted Cruz needs to be right

    01/02/2016 9:24:11 PM PST · by VinL · 121 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 1/4/15 | Todd Gilman
    Ted Cruz has to win the Iowa caucuses. Not because there's something magical about Iowa or its predictive powers. No, Cruz can't afford to lose in Iowa because he's already predicted, unequivocally and without reservation, that he will win Iowa. And while Cruz is in so many ways an unconventional politician, there are certain immutable rules in politics. One is that falling short of expectations in Iowa or New Hampshire is bad. "He will win Iowa. We're very confident he will win Iowa," Cruz campaign co chairman Chad Sweet declared last month. It's a bold prediction, though not outside the...
  • Sen. Jim Inhofe: GOP candidate Marco Rubio is 'one that I really do like'

    01/01/2016 6:14:56 PM PST · by VinL · 56 replies
    TulsaWorld ^ | 1/1/16 | R.Brankiel
    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe said this week he isn't ready to endorse anyone for the Republican presidential nomination, but he described Florida’s Marco Rubio as "one that I really do like." "The reason I say that is he's so knowledgeable," Inhofe said. "I'd love to see him in a debate with Hillary (Clinton) just for my own personal entertainment." Rubio is running third to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz in most national polling, but he is favored by many traditional Republicans. In Oklahoma, he has the endorsements of several legislators as well as Oklahoma City energy tycoon Larry Nichols and...
  • Pro-Cruz Super PAC Plans $4M TV Buy in Iowa, South Carolina (NEW Cruz PAC)

    01/01/2016 6:00:23 PM PST · by VinL · 16 replies
    Texas Trib ^ | 1/1/16 | P.Svitek
    A relatively new super PAC is coming to the aid of Ted Cruz with a multimillion-dollar plan for TV advertising in Iowa and South Carolina. The group, Stand for Truth, announced Friday evening it has reserved over $4 million worth of TV time in the two early voting states, with roughly half that sum devoted to each place. The advertising begins Jan. 13 in Iowa and Jan. 27 in South Carolina, and runs until the election date in each state. "As one of the two frontrunners heading into the final weeks before voting begins, Senator Cruz is under attack from...
  • Dean: ‘Donald Trump Has Finally Met More Than His Match’ in Bill Clinton

    01/01/2016 5:35:11 PM PST · by VinL · 136 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/1/16 | Pam Key
    Friday on MSNBC while discussing Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s strategy to attack former President Bill Clinton to weaken his potential general election opponent Hillary Clinton, former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean echoed his sentiments from yesterday when he said that strategy was ill-advised. Dean said, "I would say that Donald Trump has finally met more than his match. Bill Clinton’s the best politician in this country, probably the best we've seen in this country since Franklin Roosevelt. And he's not going to respond to Donald Trump. Donald Trump is really good at what he does. His skills don't...
  • Fiorina: I'm rooting for Iowa to beat my alma mater

    01/01/2016 4:37:44 PM PST · by VinL · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/1/16 | C.Yilek
    Carly Fiorina really wants Iowa residents to like her. The Republican presidential candidate says she’s willing to cheer for the University of Iowa’s football team — against Stanford, her own alma mater. "Love my alma mater, but rooting for a Hawkeyes win today," Fiorina tweeted Friday before Iowa played Stanford. Love my alma mater, but rooting for a Hawkeyes win today. #RoseBowl Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina) January 1, 2016 Fiorina graduated Stanford in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and medieval history. She also underwent surgery at the school’s hospital in 2009 after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Republican...
  • Ted Cruz New Year Message 2016! (2 min video)

    01/01/2016 1:31:33 PM PST · by VinL · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1/1/16 | Ted Cruz
    Ted Cruz New Year Message 2016! Via Fox News. Two minute YouTube video.
  • Someone is skywriting anti-Donald Trump messages above the Rose Parade

    01/01/2016 11:20:53 AM PST · by VinL · 154 replies
    SBnation ^ | 1/1/16 | I.Diaz
    The Rose Bowl is well underway. Already, we have seen great floats like the Lakers' (featuring the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), as well as the best anthropomorphic wildlife animal float thanks to La Canada. But someone is trying to upstage the entire Rose Bowl parade! Who would hijack a public sphere and turn a spectacle into an outlandish political platform. Donald Trump—'s opponents. Above all the Pasadena floats are planes writing anti-Trump slogans. Although the image is cut off, the writing says "Donald Trump Parade workers even stopped to read all the anti-Trump slogans above them. One other sign read, "IOWANS...
  • Trump slams New Year's Eve dump of Clinton emails

    12/31/2015 3:39:46 PM PST · by VinL · 83 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/31/15 | Jesse Byrne
    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Thursday evening slammed the State Department for releasing its latest batch of emails from Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton on New Year's Eve. "Do you believe that The State Department, on NEW YEAR'S EVE, just released more of Hillary's e-mails. They just want it all to end. BAD!" the GOP presidential candidate tweeted. The State Department has for months been releasing the Clinton emails, which were generated during her tenure as secretary of State ending in 2013 but have garnered interest since the revelation of her private email server. A judge ruled earlier this...
  • ‘Super PACs’ Supporting Ted Cruz Plan a $1 Million Advertising Buy

    12/31/2015 3:26:41 PM PST · by VinL · 73 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 12/31/15 | Maggie Hagerman
    A string of allied "super PACs" supporting the presidential campaign of Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is planning a $1 million television, digital and radio advertising buy in the early voting states, with the heaviest spending in Iowa, a spokeswoman for the group said. The super PACs, both collectively and individually called Keep the Promise, are flush with cash, and this spending is the biggest investment in television advertising that any of them have made this year. The ad buy includes television advertising in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. By midday Thursday, $700,000 was reserved for television time...
  • Cruz: I'll win, but attacks are coming

    12/31/2015 12:13:13 PM PST · by VinL · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/31/15 | T. Scheifler
    Senator encourages campaign volunteers to 'strap on the full armor of God'.....Ted Cruz on Thursday told campaign volunteers that he believed it is likely that he would win the Republican primary by the end of March, predicting a "90-day sprint" to begin on the first day of the New Year that will boost him to the nomination --- and to be ready for attacks from all sides. It was a bold declaration from a candidate who despite his fundraising advantages and favorable early-state polling, trails Donald Trump solidly in the national horserace. Senior GOP officials have begun pondering aloud about...
  • Cruz: The GOP race will be over by March

    12/31/2015 9:55:28 AM PST · by VinL · 320 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/31/15 | K.Gluek
    Ted Cruz took a victory lap Thursday following a strong fundraising report, repeatedly telling supporters on a phone call that he expects the race to be over by March, but only after getting through an increasingly nasty run-up to the Iowa caucuses. The political attacks, he warned, will get "uglier and uglier and uglier." "Come the month of January," he said, “we ain’t seen nothing yet." Cruz observed at several points during the call that he expects that the race will finish well before the end of the primary season in June, saying "there’s a very good possibility that the...
  • Rebel and Designated Driver: Ted Cruz and A Time for Truth

    12/31/2015 6:19:03 AM PST · by VinL · 53 replies
    americanthinker ^ | 12/31/15 | Fritz Pettyjohn
    A Time for Truth doesn't tell us a lot about Ted Cruz that we didn't know or suspect. But the bare outline he gives of his personal story is enough to get a read on him. As a man, and a politician, he doesn't appear to be that complicated. As a young man, Felito Cruz had the same problem he has today. He had no social grace. He was geeky, a bit of a dork; awkward, contrived. He gave himself a new name -- Ted -- but it didn't help. He stands in awe of his father Rafael, an altogether...
  • A Republican Establishment Divided ( Horse race: Cruz and Trump)

    12/30/2015 9:14:51 PM PST · by VinL · 16 replies
    US NEWS ^ | 120/15/3 | D.catonese
    After months of obstinate denial and simmering dismay, Republican elites are soberly coming to the conclusion that 2016 may be the year the raucous insurgent faction of the party finally topples the usually sturdy mainstream contingent in the presidential race. The twin renegade candidacies of real estate mogul Donald Trump and junior Texas Sen. Ted Cruz are packing the potency and endurance to be plausible ultimate victors of the primary – an outcome deemed doubtful by wide swaths of GOP leadership just a few months ago. [READ: Countdown to Election 2016: The State of Play] The success of their campaigns...
  • Carson campaign says it has outraised Cruz

    12/30/2015 6:51:25 PM PST · by VinL · 43 replies
    WDSU ^ | 12/30/15 | E. lLanders
    Ben Carson's campaign said Wednesday that it expects to raise "several million more" than Ted Cruz's fourth-quarter fundraising total of nearly $20 million, which would likely place it at or near the top of the GOP fundraising race. Dean Parker, Carson's finance chairman, declined to provide a specific figure to CNN, and the exact amount won't become public until late next month, when the next round of Federal Election Commission reports are filed. As of Wednesday night, Carson and Cruz were the only GOP candidates to disclose how much they hauled in over 2015's final three months. The campaign also...