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  • Cruz: Drafting women is 'nuts'

    02/07/2016 2:23:04 PM PST · by Isara · 159 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/07/16 | Katie Glueck
    PETERBOROUGH, N.H.-Ted Cruz on Sunday said he opposes requiring women to register for a potential draft, breaking with Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie, all of whom indicated support for opening up the Selective Service to women during Saturday night's debate. "I have to admit, as I was sitting there listening to that conversation, my reaction was, 'Are you guys nuts?'" Cruz said Sunday, speaking at a town hall here. "Listen, we have had enough with political correctness, especially in the military. Political correctness is dangerous. And the idea that we would draft our daughters to forcibly bring them...
  • How Ted Cruz Could Deliver the Coup de Grace to Donald Trump

    02/07/2016 1:49:19 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 118 replies
    Intellectual Conservative ^ | February 7, 2015 | Ralph Benko
    Presidential elections are about, above all, just two things: our security and our prosperity. Promises of prosperity have all but faded into the background... except by Donald Trump. In the last debate in which he participated Donald Trump hit the voters' target bull's eye in stating "I want to use that same up here, whatever it may be, to make America rich again." None of the other candidates came close to featuring The Message we voters wish to hear. Prosperity. If the other candidates - most notably #2 Ted Cruz - wished to gain the voters' hearts, or at least...
  • Ted Cruz Shuts Down Martha Raddatz’s Cheap Gotcha on North Korea

    02/06/2016 8:15:19 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 57 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 6, 2016 | JOHN NOLTE
    During Saturday night's ABC News debate, co-moderator Martha Raddatz, a personal friend of Barack Obama's, asked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) an incredibly dumb gotcha question premised on the idea that Cruz is some kind of war-monger, but only when he wants to be. Cruz was first about the news that, in violation of treaty, North Korea launched fired a long-range rocket Saturday. Cruz gave an impressive and detailed answer about North Korean threat that included legitimate criticism of President Clinton's mishandling of his failed nuclear deal. Raddatz then attacked: ...
  • Can Cruz legally be president? Ivy League scholars debate

    02/06/2016 1:47:14 AM PST · by RC one · 239 replies
    Virgina Pilot online ^ | 2/5/16 | COLLIN BINKLEY
    <p>BOSTON (AP) — Two legal scholars squared off in a public debate on Friday to settle whether Republican Ted Cruz is eligible to become president. Spoiler alert: They didn't settle it.</p> <p>But the debate at Harvard Law School underscored that conflicting interpretations of the U.S. Constitution can produce different answers. The question has been in the national spotlight since Republican rival Donald Trump suggested that Cruz, who was born in Canada to an American mother, isn't legally qualified to be president.</p>
  • Ted Cruz Positions on “Anchor Babies” and “Birthright Citizenship”…

    02/04/2016 7:52:23 PM PST · by 867V309 · 167 replies
    theconservativetreehouse.com ^ | February 4, 2016 | sundance
    Senator Ted Cruz entire campaign, much like the credibility of Mark Levin, is built around his claim as “the most consistent conservative”.The topic is “birthright citizenship”:
  • Ted Cruz, fighter pilot(Up in the air, in the midst of battle, true character is revealed)

    02/04/2016 7:27:30 AM PST · by doldrumsforgop · 35 replies
    am thinker ^ | 2/4/16 | r wilcox
    There's a truism amongst fighter pilots: you can't fake it at 500 knots and enemy fire all around. One's real character emerges. That's what's happening as the presidential race has begun. Real results – not polls – are now being felt, and Donald Trump, who beat his chest as the inevitable victor in the polls, is revealing his true character – as is Ted Cruz, who surprisingly bested him in the first live battle, the Iowa caucuses. As the caucuses commenced, Cruz was accused of maliciously reporting that candidate Ben Carson was dropping out of the race. That would help...
  • Carson calls for Cruz camp dismissals after cheating allegations

    02/02/2016 7:52:31 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 150 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/02/2016 | Nolan McCaskill
    Ben Carson is calling on Ted Cruz to fire anybody on his campaign allegedly involved in spreading the misinformation that the retired neurosurgeon had suspended his campaign before the Iowa caucuses. "If Ted Cruz doesn't know about this, then he clearly needs to very quickly get rid of some people in his organization," Carson told "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday. "And if he does know about it, isn't this the exact kind of thing that the American people are tired of? Why would we want to continue that kind of, you know, shenanigans?"
  • Iowa Caucus Live Thread

    02/01/2016 3:07:17 PM PST · by markomalley · 3,913 replies
    2/1/16
    A search shows that nobody's opened up a live thread for tonight's caucuses. So here goes. Predictions? For both the GOP and Dem nominations? Eyewitness Accounts? See any funny business going on?
  • Don't Count Ted Cruz Out in Iowa

    02/01/2016 11:10:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 31, 2016 | Dante Chinni
    As the first 2016 nominating votes near, Donald Trump's strength as GOP frontrunner seems only to grow - nationally and in Iowa, where he's led in five of the last six state polls. But before the Trump freight train gets too far down the tracks, here's a word to the wise: Don't count out Ted Cruz, especially in the Hawkeye State. The Texas senator has one big advantage over Trump, he occupies the social conservative lane in the GOP primary field, and that lane tends to over perform in Iowa. (VIDEO-AT-LINKConsider the 2008 and 2012 Iowa Republican caucuses. In both...
  • Ted Cruz Has a Thoughtful Conversation With An Iowa Ethanol Farmer

    02/01/2016 12:34:41 PM PST · by don-o · 74 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/1/16 | John Hayward
    Fans of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 97% are buzzing about his encounter with an angry farmer worried that the Senator's stance against ethanol would ruin his livelihood. It might be a bit of a stretch to say that Cruz completely won the man over, or converted him into a supporter - much is made of the gentleman's wish that Cruz find the votes he needs among Iowa farmers, but that might have just been polite best wishes, or even a dash of cynical humor. Still, Cruz acquitted himself well during the encounter, spending some five minutes in patient, thoughtful conversation...
  • Ted Cruz hits 99th county on eve of Iowa caucuses

    02/01/2016 12:41:25 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | February 1, 2016 | Todd J. Gillman
    ".....Larry Teeples, 74, a longtime member of the Jefferson city council, sat in the front row. He'd seen Chris Christie about a month ago and remained undecided, just six hours before the caucuses. "I like what I've heard," he said as he waited for Cruz to arrive. But "I had a friend from Dallas who called and told me to vote for Trump; don't vote for Cruz." Doris Hugg, 70, from nearby Crawford County, said she appreciated Cruz's effort to meet small town Iowans. "It's because they care about what Iowans have to say. You can't get to know people...
  • When Ted Cruz Said John Roberts Is Undoubtedly A Principled Conservative

    02/01/2016 2:27:43 AM PST · by Sontagged · 136 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/17/2015 | Alex Pappas
    When Ted Cruz Said John Roberts Is *Undoubtedly A Principled Conservative* During Wednesday*s debate, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said his past support for the confirmation of Chief Justice John Roberts *was a mistake and I regret that*. Cruz argued during CNN*s Reagan library debate that former President George W. Bush nominated Roberts *because it was the easier choice* and he wasn*t *willing to spend political capital to put a strong judicial conservative on the court.* But as critics are pointing out, Cruz, who worked on the Bush campaign and later in the administration as a lawyer, was effusive in...
  • Sheldon and Miriam Adelson write checks to Ted Cruz

    02/01/2016 4:09:36 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 1, 2016 | Matea Gold
    Billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam have not yet made public contributions to any of the super PACs flanking the 2016 presidential candidates. But they offered one indication of one White House hopeful who intrigues them: each gave the $2,700 maximum to Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential campaign in mid-November. In an email, Adelson adviser Andy Abboud said the donations should not viewed as a sign that the Adelsons had settled on a single contender to get behind, adding they had given to "several" candidates. In March, they maxed out to Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina,...
  • Cruz Bus Stuck in Mud, Towed

    02/01/2016 5:01:01 AM PST · by Helicondelta · 62 replies
    The Ted Cruz campaign bus got stuck in Iowa mud and needed to be towed. Time magazine's Phil Elliott caught a picture of the bus and noted, "Paging the Department of Metaphor? Ted Cruz campaign bus stuck in mud, needs towed."
  • Ted Cruz Makes Last Appeal For Iowa Evangelicals

    02/01/2016 3:49:31 AM PST · by Biggirl · 43 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 1, 2016 | Michelle Fields
    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is citing the Bible in his final push for votes before Monday’s Iowa caucus. Cruz’s stump speech is by far the most religious one of all the Republican candidates, in which he tells his supporters to pray “each and every day” until the November election.
  • Opinion Savvy Poll: Trump, Cruz, Rubio in Iowa Dead Heat Trump 20 Cruz 19 Rubio 19

    01/31/2016 7:24:23 PM PST · by springwater13 · 171 replies
    Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are in a statistical dead heat in the latest poll of likely Republican caucus-goers by Opinion Savvy, which shows less than 2 points separating first from third — well within the margin of error. Here's how the candidates line up in the poll: • Donald Trump: 20.1 percent • Ted Cruz: 19.4 • Marco Rubio: 18.6 • Ben Carson: 9.0 • Rand Paul: 8.6 • Jeb Bush: 4.9 • Mike Huckabee: 4.4 • John Kasich: 4.0 • Carly Fiorina: 3.8 • Chris Christie: 3.0 • Rick Santorum: 2.1 • Undecided: 2.2
  • Pre-Iowa DRUDGE Headlines...

    01/31/2016 7:05:58 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 77 replies
    Drudge ^ | 1/31/2016
    CRUZ: 'AWAKEN THE BODY OF CHRIST!' 'VOTING VIOLATION' MAILERS RAISE EYEBROWS... DEM ESTABLISHMENT NERVOUS... Soros gives $6 million to pro-Clinton super-PAC... MOOK GOES DOOR TO DOOR... Hillary goes populist in final pitch... ACCUSED OF 'INFILTRATING' CAUCUSES WITH OUT-OF-STATE SUPPORTERS... Dread in Iowa... Advancing blizzard may deter voters... Race comes down to TURNOUT... Chris Matthews: 'I Feel Butterflies'... MICROSOFT APP TO COUNT IOWA
  • Why the Fourth Most Popular Candidate in Iowa Is in First Place

    01/31/2016 6:24:22 PM PST · by Isara · 148 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | John McCormack | Jan 31, 2016
    Des Moines - In the final Des Moines Register/Bloomberg poll, Donald Trump leads the field at 28 percent with Ted Cruz in second place at 23 percent and Marco Rubio in third at 15 percent.What's remarkable is that Trump is leading despite fact that's he's a deeply polarizing figure among Republicans: Nearly half of likely caucusgoers (47 percent) view him unfavorably, while 50 percent view him favorably. Trump's +3 favorability rating is well behind the favorability ratings of Ben Carson (+50), Marco Rubio (+49), and Ted Cruz (+37). Polling analysts note this is highly unusual:..."It makes you scratch your head,"...
  • Oh Dear – Ted Cruz Sent “Voter Shaming Letter” To Iowa Professor of Political Sciene

    01/31/2016 7:00:13 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 131 replies
    theconservativetreehouse.com ^ | January 30 | Sundance
    Ted Cruz Sent "Voter Shaming Letter" To Iowa Professor of Political Science and the recipient eviscerates Cruz's campaign claim in an article via the New Yorker: One of the targeted voters of Ted Cruz's campaign shaming letters is a political scientist in Iowa. He was none to happy with the message, or the data of himself and his neighbors. In Iowa, although voter registration information is free and available to the public, voter history is not. That information is maintained by the secretary of state, which licenses it to campaigns, super PACs, polling firms, and any other entity that might...
  • Vanity: Cruz raised $20.5M in 4th Quarter; Had $18.7M Cash on Hand, $862K in Debts

    01/31/2016 5:01:07 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    Influence Explorer ^ | 1/31/16 | Influence Explorer
    CRUZ FOR PRESIDENT: DETAILS OF FILING #1046977 COVERS OCT. 1, 2015 THROUGH DEC. 31, 2015 TOTAL RECEIPTS: $20,519,558 TOTAL SPENDING: $15,563,668 ENDING CASH: $18,734,794 OUTSTANDING DEBTS: $862,620 ORIGINALLY FILED JAN. 31, 2016, 7:13 P.M.
  • Ted Cruz's Closest Counselors Are Neocons

    01/31/2016 5:26:31 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 83 replies
    The New American ^ | 15 October 2015 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    There's a lot about Ted Cruz that should worry constitutionalists considering voting for the senator in the presidential election of 2016.Recently, Infogram published brief but illuminating biographies of several of Cruz's key foreign policy advisors. The information disclosed in these revelations could trouble many constitutionalists otherwise keen on the senator and who rely on him to restore the rule of law to the White House.The first person highlighted in the article is the chairman of Cruz's foreign policy team, Chad Sweet.Sweet's professional and political background betrays Cruz's claims of being someone who promises "not to continue going in the same...
  • Trust Ted? Cruz Facing Growing Attacks on Credibility

    01/31/2016 5:39:47 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 151 replies
    ABC ^ | 1/31/2016 | STEVE PEOPLES AND SCOTT BAUER
    Ted Cruz needs you to trust him. Trust is the cornerstone of this fiery conservative's campaign, which may live or die with his ability to convince voters in Iowa and across the nation that he's the most consistent and trustworthy among the pack of White House hopefuls. Yet as he strives for victory in Iowa's Monday caucuses, a chorus of Republican critics led by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is tearing at the fabric of Cruz's message. His GOP opponents cite a history of political opportunism they say is more in line with a used car salesman than the "consistent conservative"...
  • A crowd led by ‘Duck Dynasty’ star blows duck calls for Trump at a Cruz rally in Iowa

    01/31/2016 11:03:03 AM PST · by kingattax · 49 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1-30-16 | Katie Zezima
    SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- Phil Robertson, the star of television's "Duck Dynasty," wanted to summon Donald Trump to the stage for a debate that Ted Cruz proposed here: by asking a crowd to blow into duck calls. "Let's call old Donald .. and see if he will do the debate," the reality television star, clad in camouflage pants and a dark T-shirt, said as the bleat of duck calls rang out. "Men and women and children all blowing a duck call in unison." Cruz had challenged Trump to a 'mano a mano' debate here after Trump decided not to attend...
  • Iowa Voter Confronts Cruz on Farm Subsidies

    01/31/2016 11:19:49 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 85 replies
    NBC News ^ | Sun, Jan 31
    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz explains why he opposes farm subsidies as well as biofuel mandates.
  • Cruz says he won't apologize to anyone for the mailers - encouraging people to caucus

    Cruz says he won't apologize to anyone for the mailers -- suggesting he's "encouraging" people to turn out to caucus.
  • The Best Pollster In Iowa Just Released Its Final Survey - How Accurate Has It Been?

    01/31/2016 12:04:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 149 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | January 30, 2016 | Harry Enten
    The final Des Moines Register poll was just released, showing Donald Trump leading the Republican field in Iowa with 28 percent, Ted Cruz with 23 percent and Marco Rubio with 15 percent. Hillary Clinton was ahead of Bernie Sanders, 45 percent to 42 percent, on the Democratic side. The political world - us included - was eagerly awaiting this survey, as Ann Selzer, who has conducted the Register's polls since the 1988 caucuses, has a very good track record. But just how predictive of the final results have Selzer's polls been? History suggests they're a good indicator of what will...
  • Trumpees [my opus]

    01/30/2016 6:58:36 PM PST · by libbylu · 867 replies
    You are all freaking low class jerks. The Heidi thread has been pulled multiple times. Free Republic has become trump derangement central. I HAVE NEVER SEEN A BUNCH OF CONSERVATIVES SO PICKY, PETTY AND STUPID - STUPID FREAKING LOSERS YOU DAMN DEFEND TRUMP AS IF HE WERE A FREAKING BABY BECAUSE HE IS! DAMN YOU ALL TO HELL.
  • Gallup: Trump Highest Unfavorable Rating Ever Recorded

    01/30/2016 7:09:59 PM PST · by Isara · 76 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | January 30th, 2016 | Chris Pandolfo
    A Gallup poll found that Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is the most unpopular candidate of either major U.S. political party when the entire American population is taken into account. Take a look at the numbers: “At this point (two-week average through Jan. 27), 33% of Americans view Trump favorably and 60% unfavorably. It's that 60% unfavorable figure that I can focus on here.Hillary Clinton currently has a 52% unfavorable rating among all Americans, while Jeb Bush is at 45%, Chris Christie 38%, Ted Cruz 37%, Marco Rubio 33%, Bernie Sanders 31% and Ben Carson 30%. Trump's 60% is clearly...
  • Largest Tea Party Group In America Endorses Ted Cruz

    01/30/2016 8:30:28 PM PST · by Isara · 55 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | January 31st, 2016 | Chris Pandolfo
    Senator Ted Cruz has earned the endorsement of the largest Tea Party group in America. The Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund announced today they are backing the senator from Texas for President. “We seek a candidate who shares our values: personal freedom, economic freedom, and a debt-free future,” said Chairman Jenny Beth Martin in a press release. “I am proud to announce our endorsement for president of the United States: Senator Ted Cruz!”There were a number of steps for each candidate to be considered for the endorsement. Candidates filled out a questionnaire, were interviewed, underwent vetting by opposition research, and...
  • TPP Citizens Fund Proudly Endorses Ted Cruz For President

    01/30/2016 8:11:01 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 28 replies
    Tea Party Patriots ^ | Jan 30, 2016 | TPP Staff
    WHY WE ENDORSED Endorsing a candidate for President is a serious thing, and, done properly, should be the result of extensive research and reflection. Making an endorsement on behalf of a large national organization that represents millions of supporters is an even more sensitive endeavor. Consequently, Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, as a result of extensive polling and discussions with our Coordinators and supporters across the nation, enthusiastically endorses Senator Ted Cruz for President of the United States. WHY WE ENDORSED Endorsing a candidate for President is a serious thing, and, done properly, should be the result of extensive research...
  • He Said He Was An Undecided Iowan Until He He Received This Controversial Mailer From Ted Cruz.

    01/30/2016 2:55:27 AM PST · by springwater13 · 189 replies
    As Iowans prepare to head to the caucuses on Monday for the nation's first votes in the presidential primaries, the campaigns are pulling out all the stops. The mailer sent out by one Republican campaign, however, might end up backfiring. Tom Hinkeldey, a resident of Alta, Iowa, tweeted a photo (which was later deleted because it included his personal address) on Friday evening of a mailer Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign sent addressed to his wife, Steffany. The mailer was a large card printed to look like a manila envelope on one side and was labeled in all capital letters, "ELECTION...
  • Iowa Official Criticizes Cruz Campaign Over Mailer

    01/30/2016 4:38:30 PM PST · by McGruff · 62 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 30, 2016 | Matt Flegenheimer
    Iowa's secretary of state chastised the presidential campaign of Senator Ted Cruz on Saturday for sending a mailer that he said violated "the spirit of the Iowa caucuses" and misrepresented state election law. The secretary of state, Paul D. Pate, called the effort "misleading." "Accusing citizens of Iowa of a 'voting violation' based on Iowa caucus participation, or lack thereof, is false representation of an official act," Mr. Pate said. "There is no such thing as an election violation related to frequency of voting. Any insinuation or statement to the contrary is wrong and I believe it is not in...
  • Cruz Scores Most Coveted SC Congressional Endorsement

    01/30/2016 4:14:33 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 98 replies
    Ted Cruz has scored what is perhaps the most coveted endorsement in South Carolina, that of 3rd District Congressman Jeff Duncan. Duncan, who was elected to Congress in 2010 on a wave of tea party support, has become one of the biggest heroes of conservatives not only in South Carolina, but nationally as well. Duncan is a champion of Second Amendment rights and is a member of the House Liberty Caucus. Duncan became a true rock star among conservatives when he voted against John Boehner for reelection as Speaker of the House in January 2015...
  • Ted Cruz Rally In Ames, IA

    01/30/2016 1:51:04 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 130 replies
    Ban.jo ^ | January 30, 2016 | Alex Pappas
    ... Another huge crowd here in Ames today!
  • DMR: Trump 28 Cruz 23

    01/30/2016 3:47:09 PM PST · by usafa92 · 138 replies
    Des Moines Register ^ | 1/30/2016 | Des Moines Register
    No article just the Twitter Link
  • Cruz campaign manager prebutting DM Register

    01/30/2016 1:57:36 PM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 48 replies
    Twitter ^ | 01/30/2016 | Reid J. Epstein of the WSJ
    Cruz campaign manager prebutting DM Register Iowa Poll - Cruz doing presser at 615 right after it is released --Last @DMRegister Poll calculated caucus turnout as 14.7% of active voters: 284,665. 2012 turnout: 121,053; 2008: 119,200: impt # to notice -Ted Cruz Campaign Manager Jeff Roe
  • Cruz counters Trump’s overtures with targeted approach in Iowa

    01/30/2016 2:50:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    The Belleville News Democrat ^ | January 30, 2016 | Jonathan Martin and Matt Flegenheimer, NYT News Service and the Assoc. Press
    Cruz's campaign reps in state's 99 counties are using behavioral data to make personal calls to voters Trump's camp is counting on a surge of new caucus participants with little experience Sen. Ted Cruz's leading Iowa supporters say his get-out-the-vote operation is the best they have seen for a presidential campaign here. He had better hope they are right. With his monthlong lead in the polls erased, Cruz's hopes for pulling out a much-needed victory over Donald Trump in the Iowa caucuses on Monday now rest in the hands of thousands of campaign workers and supporters who are spending this...
  • Donald Trump Starts to Consider an Iowa Loss

    01/30/2016 2:25:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 144 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | January 30, 2016 | Philip Elliot
    'Unless I win, I would consider this a big, fat, beautiful--and, by the way, a very expensive--waste of time' Heading into the final days before Iowa's caucuses, Republican front-runner Donald Trump warned supporters that his months of headline-grabbing antics could be for naught if they do not show up Monday night. "You have to get out there and caucus, or we've all wasted our time," Trump said on a tarmac, speaking to supporters who stood in a cold airplane hangar for hours to see the former Apprentice star. It was a rare suggestion from the billionaire that he might not...
  • Cruz, Trump, Rubio? Who gets the 'Iowa bump'?

    01/30/2016 1:27:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | January 30, 2016 | Timothy Stanley
    (CNN)--Iowa is upon us. After all the ads, the debates and the insults, a campaign that feels like it started in 1776 is finally going to count some votes. For the Republicans, the choice seems to be between two rebels: Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. The polls favor the former, history looks more favorably on the latter, though Cruz is now thought to be fighting for his survival. This has been a peculiar electoral season. Neither party is merely thinking about how to win in November -- both are debating the kind of party that they want to be. Mobilizing...
  • Cruz Limps Toward the Finish Line in Iowa

    01/30/2016 11:27:50 AM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 64 replies
    Time ^ | 01/29/2016 | Alex Altman
    Ted Cruz helps his daughter with her math homework. He makes time for tea with his elderly mother. He remembers birthdays, brings his wife flowers, packs her suitcase even when he‘s tired. Humanizing the candidate is supposed to be a campaign‘s building block, not its closing argument. But with just days until voting begins in the presidential race, Cruz is suddenly under siege. So the Texas Senator trotted out a special surrogate Friday to squash the storylines that may be blunting his momentum. Without Trump onstage Thursday night, Cruz had his worst debate of the cycle. On Friday, he awoke...
  • Cruz's TV ads judged most effective

    01/30/2016 12:17:45 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 70 replies
    Politico ^ | January 30, 2016 | www.politico.com/story/2016/01/ted-cruz-tv-ads-218436
    Ted Cruz has a powerful tool as he tries to close the deal with Iowa voters: He has aired the most effective TV ads in the Republican presidential race, according to independent research by a private company. The ratings come from Ace Metrix, a television analytics company that uses large online panels to rate the effectiveness of TV commercials. The company's political unit found that Cruz's campaign produced five of the 11 top-scoring ads among Republican voters this election, including the single most effective ad of the GOP primary so far...
  • Ted Cruz is No Anchor Baby, Donald Trump

    01/30/2016 11:10:12 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 227 replies
    Redstate ^ | January 30, 2016
    ... The first thought that comes to mind is that Trump keeps coming back to this attack against Cruz for a couple of reasons. The first is that he cannot make attacks on Cruz's record of standing up for conservative principles the centerpiece of his strategy because that leaves him open to greater scrutiny of his own liberal record...
  • Ted Cruz Counts on Army of Volunteers

    01/30/2016 7:30:59 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 59 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 29, 2016 | MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY
    The latest polls show GOP frontrunner Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in a virtual dead heat less than 72 hours before Monday's Iowa GOP caucuses begin. But Cruz has one key advantage none of the other candidates, not even Trump, can claim...
  • Why I'm Endorsing Ted Cruz For President

    01/30/2016 5:19:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 84 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30, 2016 | John Hawkins
    Conservatives have been hoping that "another Reagan" will come along for decades and we finally have one: Ted Cruz. Like Reagan, Ted Cruz is not popular with the establishment wing of the Republican Party. In fact, you'll often hear it said that, "Some people don’t like Ted." There is truth to that and I would encourage you to judge Ted Cruz by his enemies. Liberal Democrats fear Ted Cruz because they know he's a strong, principled conservative that can’t be browbeaten, pushed around or bought off. While many other Republicans insisted that we wave the white flag to Harry Reid,...
  • Ted Cruz Endures More Hits From Rivals After Tough Debate

    01/30/2016 5:45:16 AM PST · by detective · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | JAN. 29, 2016 | JEREMY W. PETERS and JONATHAN MARTIN
    The Republican presidential field banded together on Friday against the man they now see as their common enemy, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, whose perceived front-runner status before the Iowa caucuses appeared to grow even more uncertain just three days before the voting begins. As candidates spent the day attacking the senator - some of them clearly giddy over being free to unleash on a rival they have never had much affection for - Mr. Cruz responded by sharpening his own attack strategy. He shifted nearly all his negative advertising here from going after Donald J. Trump, who has overtaken...
  • He Was An Undecided Iowan Until He He Received This Controversial Mailer From Ted Cruz

    01/30/2016 6:42:11 AM PST · by 20yearsofinternet · 97 replies
    IJ Review ^ | 1/30/2016 | Sarah Rumpf
    As Iowans prepare to head to the caucuses on Monday for the nation's first votes in the presidential primaries, the campaigns are pulling out all the stops. The mailer sent out by one Republican campaign, however, might end up backfiring. Tom Hinkeldey, a resident of Alta, Iowa, tweeted a photo (which was later deleted because it included his personal address) on Friday evening of a mailer Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign sent addressed to his wife, Steffany. The mailer was a large card printed to look like a manila envelope on one side and was labeled in all capital letters, "ELECTION...
  • Cruz Right, Trump Wrong On Ethanol

    01/30/2016 6:42:35 AM PST · by raptor22 · 80 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 30, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    It has been said that if we were getting so-called “alternative” energy from potatoes instead of corn, the first primary/caucus would be held in Idaho instead of Iowa. As it is, ethanol from corn in the first state where votes are actually cast in a presidential election has led to endless political pandering in support of a fuel that consumes more energy than it provides, is difficult to transport, reduces car mileage, can damage auto enegines, and damages the environment.
  • Ted Cruz Is Losing His Mojo at the Worst Possible Moment

    01/29/2016 10:43:08 PM PST · by drewh · 64 replies
    New York Mag,com ^ | 8 hours ago | Ed Kilgore
    Even before Thursday night's Fox News debate, there was talk that Cruz might have "peaked too early" in Iowa. Cruz narrowly led the Donald in the typically very accurate and influential Des Moines Register/Bloomberg poll released on January 13. But since then the polling has shown slippage for Cruz, generally attributed to a combo attack from Trump on Cruz's Canadian birth and from the Branstad family (Terry, the six-term governor, and son Eric, the ethanol lobbyist) on his opposition to special treatment of the corn-based alternative fuel by the federal government. Even more ominously, third-place candidate Marco Rubio, the favorite...
  • Unbelievable – Ted Cruz Campaign Sends Out Personal “Shaming Letters” To Iowa Voters…

    01/29/2016 10:28:45 PM PST · by 20yearsofinternet · 1,218 replies
    conservativetreehouse ^ | 1/30/2016 | sundance
    The personalized letters target individual Iowa voters and identifies them as having failed to vote in prior elections. They are admonished and then encouraged to vote this year. In addition the letters identify the neighbors of the voter, and provides their voting history. The text reads: "You are receiving this election notice because of low expected voter turnout in your area. Your individual voting history as well as your neighbors' are public record. Their scores are published below, and many of them will see your score as well. CAUCUS ON MONDAY TO IMPROVE YOUR SCORE and please encourage your neighbors...
  • Clint Howard Endorses Ted Cruz for President

    01/29/2016 8:03:09 PM PST · by Isara · 72 replies
    Cruz News ^ | January 29, 2016
    HOUSTON, Texas - Today the Cruz for President campaign announced the endorsement of actor Clint Howard. Howard is an actor who has starred in over 200 films over the past 50 years including How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Apollo 13."Clint Howard is an excellent actor and a true patriot," Cruz said. "It is encouraging to see members of Hollywood stand up for principle. Our country is in desperate need of leaders who will guide us toward what is moral and right and Clint is one of those leaders. He understands where our country is headed and what needs to...