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  • Why did Trump underperform in Iowa?

    02/02/2016 11:36:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 103 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | February 2, 2016 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Conventional wisdom is congealing around two key factors in Trump’s loss this morning, so let me offer them to you as I think there’s merit to both. The main factor: Evangelicals came through for Cruz in the crunch. Political sites have been filled with news over the past few weeks about Trump’s surprising strength with born-again Christians, particularly given how intensely Cruz was courting those same voters. A guy who doesn’t know if he’s ever asked God’s forgiveness and who’s regularly demonstrated his unfamiliarity with Christian practices during this campaign shouldn’t be competitive with an evangelical candidate with dozens of...
  • 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.
  • If Evangelical Voters Take Their Religion Seriously, Ted Cruz Will Be The Republican Nominee

    01/25/2016 3:04:15 PM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 136 replies
    PJ Media ^ | Michael van der Galien
    Gary Bauer, one of America's leading pro-life and pro-family activists, endorsed Ted Cruz on Friday. In doing so, Bauer became one of many evangelical Christian leaders who have thrown their support behind the senator from Texas. Bauer explained: "Ted Cruz is a courageous conservative who has built a consistent record on the issues that matter most. He has fought for religious liberty at home and abroad. He believes all of our children should be welcomed into the world and protected by the law. Ted knows that government is too big and that taxes and regulations are too high. He will...
  • Why the March for Life is becoming a destination for more evangelicals

    01/22/2016 6:42:55 AM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    washingtonpost.com/ ^ | January 21, 2016 | Michelle Boorstein
    Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family, one of the country’s biggest and best-known evangelical organizations, a group that considers opposing abortion one of its very top values. Yet Friday will be the first time Daly has come to Washington for the huge March for Life, the country’s biggest antiabortion event each year. March attendees are always overwhelmingly Catholic, but this year an influx of evangelicals will be joining them on the Mall. Daly co-sponsored the brand-new Evangelicals for Life event, held Thursday and Friday, part of an effort to refocus a generation of young Christian conservatives who...
  • The Religion of Trump - Will evangelicals balk at pulling the lever for him?

    01/19/2016 10:48:03 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 128 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | January 25, 2016 | TERRY EASTLAND
    The Constitution provides that "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States." But, as Gary Scott Smith of Grove City College writes in his new book, Religion in the Oval Office, "Throughout American history many citizens have viewed strong faith as an asset, if not a requirement, for politicians, especially presidents." The biography of faith, such as it is, of the Republican presidential candidate who has led the polls for six months starts with First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica, Queens. That is the church Donald Trump's parents attended...
  • Evangelicals See Donald Trump as Man of Conviction, if Not Faith

    01/18/2016 4:12:06 PM PST · by mandaladon · 17 replies
    Buford Arning, a retired building-supply executive in Statesville, N.C., went to church each week until a pinched nerve made it hard for him to leave his house. He believes in living a faith-filled life. But he does not demand piety of his preferred presidential candidate, Donald J. Trump. “Am I a Bible toter that gets out and preaches on the side of the street and tries to convert everybody? No,” said Mr. Arning, 62, who calls himself an evangelical voter. He said he believed that Mr. Trump was “a Christian man,” and that was good enough. Mr. Trump may not...
  • Donald Trump Receives Hero’s Welcome at Liberty University

    01/18/2016 2:15:34 PM PST · by Red Steel · 54 replies
    Time ^ | January 18, 2016, 12:31pm ET | Tessa Berenson
    It's become a truism this election season that whatever you expect to happen with Donald Trump, you're probably wrong. So add this to the list of surprises: On Monday, the thrice-married Republican frontrunner, who described himself as pro-choice as recently as 2000, traveled to the heart of conservative evangelism only to be greeted as a conquering hero. Trump spoke at the Liberty University convocation on Martin Luther King Day. Liberty is the largest Christian university in the world... So one might have expected that Trump, who declined to name his favorite Bible verse on the campaign trail, would have received...
  • Evangelical leader blasts Falwell for hosting Trump

    01/18/2016 11:48:10 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 234 replies
    Politico | January 18, 2016 | Blake Hounshell
    One of the United States' most influential evangelical leaders blasted Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. on Monday for hosting Donald Trump to give a campaign speech. Russell Moore, who heads the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, let fly a series of tweets after Falwell gave a glowing introduction to Trump, calling him "one of the greatest visionaries of our time" and saying Trump "lives a life of helping others ... as Jesus taught in the New Testament." Moore appeared incredulous at Falwell's language, which was more effusive than he had...
  • Cruz for President Announces Endorsement of Pastor Paul Blair

    01/14/2016 8:12:35 AM PST · by Isara · 22 replies
    Cruz News ^ | January 13, 2016
    Evangelical Influencer Supports Cruz for PresidentHOUSTON, Texas – Presidential candidate Ted Cruz today announced the endorsement of Paul Blair, President of Reclaiming America for Christ and the pastor of Fairview Baptist Church.Blair was raised in Edmond, Oklahoma, and spent five years in the NFL. Since 2001, he has served as the Senior Pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Edmond, Oklahoma. Pastor Blair speaks around the United States on the topics of Christian apologetics, a biblical worldview, Islam, and the nation's Christian heritage. He is also a member of the Council for National Policy.Pastor Blair was named Oklahoma's Pastor of the...
  • Ted Cruz Has Evangelicals Locked Up, and Rubio Is Betting Everything That It Won’t Matter

    01/12/2016 2:59:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/12/2016 | Eliana Johnson
    Marco Rubio is widely considered one of the most talented communicators in the Republican party, but he hasn't won the hearts of the Evangelical voters who dominate the Iowa caucuses and the South Carolina primary. Ironically, many say it's in part his relative restraint when it comes to talking about matters of faith -- a contrast with the loud, proud declarations more typical of the country's Evangelical denominations -- that has prevented him from making greater inroads with one of the party's most important constituencies. That, of course, is a stark contrast with Rubio's biggest rival, Ted Cruz, the son...
  • Donald Trump’s transparent, misguided questioning of Ted Cruz’s religion

    01/02/2016 7:30:04 AM PST · by Isara · 190 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 2, 2016 | Janell Ross
    ...This is precisely what Donald Trump, national GOP front-runner but second place in Iowa, told an Iowa crowd this week while stumping for votes. Just remember this -- you gotta remember, in all fairness, to the best of my knowledge, not too many evangelicals come out of Cuba, okay? Just remember that ... just remember. ...We will not dedicate time, space or energy to parsing those words in ways that might offer some alternative meaning than the one most evident and likely, which would be this: Donald Trump thought it would advance his political aims if voters in Iowa were...
  • Ted Cruz to His Supporters: 'Strap on the Full Armor of God, Attacks Are Coming'

    01/02/2016 2:39:19 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 264 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 01-01-2016 | Michael van der Galien
    Ted Cruz isn't only surging in the polls -- he's now in second place nationally and leads in Iowa -- he is also raising a truckload of money. In the last quarter of 2015 alone the Republican presidential candidate received almost $20 million from his supporters. Not bad for a grassroots candidate who's despised and hated by his own party's leadership team. Small wonder then that Cruz bragged about these results during a phone call with supporters, adding that he's confident he'll be the Republican nominee -- soon: "There’s a very good possibility that the Republican primary will be decided...
  • Ted Cruz Gets Biblical as He Rallies Campaign for 2016: ‘We’re Winning and It Terrifies Them’

    01/01/2016 8:32:30 AM PST · by Isara · 70 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | January 1, 2016 | Justin Green
    Sen. Ted Cruz enjoyed a banner end to 2015, building a strong argument for being the top movement conservative in the Republican presidential race.But on New Year’s Eve, he was looking ahead to future battles. The Texas Republican told a conference call for 56,817 of his volunteers, according to The Blaze: We're winning right now. And as a result, I want to tell everyone: Get ready. Strap on the full armor of God. Get ready for the attacks that are coming." He added a warning: "We ain't seen nothing yet. ... In the month of January, we are going to...
  • Mike Huckabee's Selfish Evangelical Campaign

    01/01/2016 10:17:18 AM PST · by conservativejoy · 36 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 1/1/2016 | Amanda Carpenter
    Back in 2008 on the day of the Iowa caucus, when I was reporting on my first election for Townhall.com, I happened to be grabbing lunch in the same hole-in-the-wall restaurant as then-Huckabee National Campaign Advisor Ed Rollins. He sat in the cafe loudly trash talking the Romney campaign to any reporter he could call on his cell phone. Expletives and insults flew. Anyone sitting in the eatery could hear him. I, stunned any known operative would be so foolish to speak in such a way in a public place, wrote it up as an item. These are the same...
  • Candidate Ted Cruz Backed by Prominent Black Pastor E.W. Jackson: 'His Faith is Authentic'

    12/31/2015 5:46:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Gospel Herald Society ^ | December 31, 2015 | Leah Marieann Klett
    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has received the endorsement of another prominent evangelical leader: Bishop E.W. Jackson, one of Virginia's most well-known African-American pastors, has backed the Texas Senator, citing his "authentic faith in Jesus Christ." According to a report from Conservative HQ Jackson, who is the senior pastor of Fall Church in Chesapeake, Virginia, explained his decision in a statement: "It is absolutely essential and urgent that we elect a Godly President who reveres our Constitution, honors our Judeo-Christian values and respects the freedom of the American people. After eight years of 'fundamental transformation,' we need a leader who...
  • 'Super Pacs' Supporting Ted Cruz Plan $1 Million Advertising Buy

    12/31/2015 3:32:12 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 100 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12/31/2015 | Maggie Haberman and Jonathan Martin
    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...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Tells Volunteers: We Can Win ‘If We Awaken And Energize The Body Of Christ”

    12/31/2015 2:23:34 PM PST · by springwater13 · 131 replies
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tells his volunteers about the need to energize and mobilize Christians. "If we awaken and energize the body of Christ - if Christians and people of faith come out and vote our values - we will win and we will turn the country around," Cruz told volunteers on a conference call Tuesday. Cruz also said that he is organizing a coalition of pastors in early states including Iowa and South Carolina. "We're working to have a lead pastor in each of the 99 counties in Iowa, 99 pastors are organizing other pastors," Cruz said. "We're doing...
  • Ted Cruz Tells Supporters to ‘Strap on the Full Armor of God’ for Expected Campaign Attacks:...

    12/31/2015 12:10:12 PM PST · by Isara · 49 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Dec. 31, 2015 | Leigh Munsil
    Ted Cruz Tells Supporters to 'Strap on the Full Armor of God' for Expected Campaign Attacks: 'We Ain't Seen Nothing Yet' Ted Cruz told presidential campaign supporters on a New Year's Eve phone call that the next 90 days could decide the election - and he warned them to prepare for an onslaught of attacks due to his recent surge in the polls."We're now in the final sprint," the Texas Republican senator said. "We're winning right now. And as a result, I want to tell everyone: Get ready. Strap on the full armor of God. Get ready for the attacks...
  • Iowa Intrigue: Huckabee and Santorum Backers Reportedly Plotting to Help Rubio Against Cruz

    12/30/2015 9:28:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    New York Magazine's Daily Intelligencer ^ | December 30, 2015 | Ed Kilgore
    Do supporters of the Christian right candidates Ted Cruz has eclipsed hate him so much they'd sabotage their own heroes? The late stages of the invisible primary would not be complete without reports of intrigue and skullduggery in Iowa, with campaigns forming tactical alliances against common enemies. We have one today from National Review's Tim Alberta and Eliana Johnson, who report that supporters of the last two caucus winners, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, are so bitter at being eclipsed by Ted Cruz that they are conspiring to block the Texan and instead elevate Marco Rubio. There's only one problem...
  • Trump, Cruz, and Evangelical Authenticity

    12/30/2015 5:13:45 PM PST · by VinL · 171 replies
    Recently, Donald Trump turned his guns on Ted Cruz (and by extension, on Marco Rubio) by questioning the authenticity of Cruz's Evangelical faith. He urged Iowa caucus goers to consider, when they cast their votes, that "not a lot of Evangelicals come out of Cuba" (see video at http://youtu.be/kFAQ3t2vbyw). On the face of the matter, Trump's comment was incredibly disrespectful and unmannerly. But just as importantly, it demonstrated his total ignorance (or intentional twisting) of the facts of Cruz's history and of Evangelical faith itself. First, Cruz never "came out of Cuba," having been born in Canada to an American...
  • Southern Baptists present at private Cruz rally

    12/30/2015 9:57:31 AM PST · by Isara · 54 replies
    Baptist News ^ | Wednesday, December 30, 2015 | Bob Allen
    Current and former leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention were reportedly in attendance for a two-day meeting in Texas to galvanize the Religious Right behind Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the 2016 presidential election.A Southern Baptist Convention official gave positive reviews to a private gathering of roughly 300 pastors and faith leaders aimed at consolidating religious conservatives to support Sen. Ted Cruz in the upcoming Republican presidential primaries. Paige Patterson Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, described remarks by Cruz to the two-day gathering at the Cisco, Texas, ranch of fracking billionaire Farris Wilks...
  • Another Key Evangelical Faith Leader Endorses Ted Cruz

    12/30/2015 8:14:57 AM PST · by Isara · 28 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 12/30/2015 | CHQ Staff
    Bishop E.W. Jackson, one of Virginia's most well-known African-American pastors, and the Republican Party's 2013 nominee for Lt. Governor has endorsed Senator Ted Cruz for President.In making the endorsement Bishop Jackson said,"It is absolutely essential and urgent that we elect a Godly President who reveres our Constitution, honors our Judeo-Christian values and respects the freedom of the American people. After eight years of'fundamental transformation,'we need a leader who will dedicate himself to restoring the fundamentals of America. I urge every American, but especially Christians, to elect Ted Cruz as the next President of the United States."Bishop Jacksonwent on to note...
  • Ted Cruz Salvation

    12/30/2015 3:58:46 AM PST · by theoldmarine · 141 replies
    It bothered me to hear my favorite candidate, Donald Trump, seem to seek to question Ted Cruz evangelical bona fides by saying, not too many evangelicals come out of Cuba. I was going to tweet and advise him not to go there. Then I thought 'Donald Trump is a smart guy' maybe he knows something I don't know.. So I began looking for 'evidence' that Ted Cruz is a 'born again' Christian. You know a person can 'identify' as anything now days. Just because you go to church and mentally agree with Christianity doesn't mean you have come to know...
  • Why the Establishment Fears Cruz More Than Trump

    12/28/2015 2:33:48 PM PST · by Isara · 300 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | December 28th, 2015 | Robert Eno
    Read these two quotes carefully: The first: “Cruz cannot win because the Washington elites despise him.” The second goes: “[T]here are a lot of good candidates – I like nearly all of them… …except Cruz.” Which one of the similar quotes is from a pro-Cruz Super PAC and which is from a former Republican nominee for president?  The first quote is from an ad from Keep the Promise I, a Cruz Super PAC.  The second is from Bob Dole, the 1996 Republican nominee and war hero, who got trounced by Bill Clinton. Both purport to highlight a negative of Senator...
  • Cruz in control in Iowa

    12/27/2015 4:05:50 PM PST · by VinL · 55 replies
    The Gazette ^ | 12/27/15 | Erin Murphy
    Ted Cruz has assembled an impressive presidential campaign structure in Iowa, veteran political observers here say, with one going so far as to describe Cruz’s campaign as perhaps "the most sophisticated" the first in the nation caucus state has ever witnessed. Because of that grass roots organization, Cruz is primed to maintain his recent surge in the polls and win the Iowa Republican caucuses in five weeks, those observers say. Cruz, the Tea Party firebrand and first term U.S. Sen. from Texas, was the first Republican candidate to enter the presidential race, on March 23. Nine months later, he has...
  • Observers say Cruz in control in Iowa

    12/27/2015 8:41:05 AM PST · by Isara · 56 replies
    Sioux City Journal ^ | December 27, 2015 | Erin Murphy
    DES MOINES | Ted Cruz has assembled an impressive presidential campaign structure in Iowa, veteran political observers here say, with one going so far as to describe Cruz's campaign as perhaps "the most sophisticated" the first-in-the-nation caucus state has ever witnessed.Because of that grassroots organization, Cruz is primed to maintain his recent surge in the polls and win the Iowa Republican caucuses in five weeks, those observers say.Cruz, a tea party firebrand and first-term U.S. senator from Texas, was the first Republican candidate to enter the presidential race, on March 23. Nine months later, he has overtaken longtime front-runner Donald...
  • Graham leaving GOP puts key evangelical vote at risk...

    12/27/2015 7:31:37 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12-27-15 | Joseph Weber
    The Rev. Franklin Graham quitting the Republican Party poses a significant blow to the GOP's 2016 White House aspirations, especially if other evangelical pastors follow suit and their millions-plus congregations stay away from the polls. Graham suggested earlier this week that the last straw was congressional Republicans funding Planned Parenthood in the recently passed, $1.8 trillion tax-and-spending package, despite revelations about the group harvesting fetal tissue. However, he made clear Wednesday night that the funding was only part of the reason he left the GOP to become an independent. "It's not just that," Graham said on Fox News' "On the...
  • Could evangelicals be GOP kingmakers in 2016?

    12/24/2015 12:25:49 PM PST · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 30 replies
    Dallas News ^ | December 23, 2015 | Josh Voorhees
    Leaders of the Christian right have found their man: Ted Cruz. In the past two weeks, the Texas senator has wracked up a string of high-profile endorsements from influential evangelical leaders, including Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown, and Family Leader chief Bob Vander Plaats. According to the National Review, many more are on the way.
  • Why are evangelicals supporting Ted Cruz and Donald Trump?

    12/24/2015 12:23:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Washington Post's The Plum Line ^ | December 23, 2015 | Greg Sargent
    It’s one of the most intriguing sub-plots of the 2016 election: Why are evangelicals, who historically have supported immigration reform and a path to citizenship for deeply felt religious and moral reasons, gravitating towards the two candidates who are most hostile to policy changes that would accommodate and integrate undocumented immigrants into American life? Cruz has been working behind the scenes to line up the support of influential evangelical leaders around the country, and it has been paying off: he has already rolled out some big endorsements, and many more are set to come. Meanwhile, Cruz and Donald Trump have...
  • Is Ted Cruz like Goldwater or Reagan?

    12/18/2015 12:49:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/18/2015 | Jerry Newcombe
    Ted Cruz is beginning to surge significantly in the polls in Iowa. Surely the evangelicals in Iowa are the key factor. Already, some of the political pundits are writing him off, likening him to Barry Goldwater, the libertarian-leaning firebrand, who was soundly defeated by Lyndon Johnson in 1964. Goldwater lost by a landslide. But, by the same token, Ronald Reagan won by landslides in 1980 and in 1984. And Reagan was perhaps more conservative than Goldwater. The question many are asking about Ted Cruz and his conservative values is: Will he be the new Goldwater or the new Reagan? Reagan...
  • Huckabee: 'Disappointing' that Evangelicals like Tony Perkins and Co. Are Backing Ted Cruz

    12/17/2015 8:15:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/16/2015 | Tim Alberta
    Las Vegas -- Mike Huckabee, a longtime ally of Evangelical leader Tony Perkins and other conservative leaders who last week secretly voted to endorse Ted Cruz for president, says it's "disappointing" the group decided to back a relative newcomer like Cruz. In a brief interview here following Tuesday's Republican presidential debate, Huckabee says he was made aware of the group's decision, but wasn't given any explanation. "For reasons I don't fully understand, years and years of actually doing something and getting things done didn't matter," Huckabee said of the group's deliberations. "And I don't understand that." Perkins said in an...
  • Senator Cruz Talks Faith on the 700 Club (Video)

    12/15/2015 3:01:45 PM PST · by conservativejoy · 23 replies
    Trail Blazer ^ | 2/20/2013 | Alexandria Baca
    WASHINGTON : Sen. Ted Cruz says he doesn't pay much attention to labels of "GOP rock star," despite a flattering interview with the evangelical Christian Broadcasting Network portraying him as a rising force with faith and family at heart. Cruz, a Southern Baptist, discussed the central role faith plays in his life. "Life, liberty, and property, the fundamental natural rights of man are given to every one of us by God, and the role of government fundamentally is to protect those rights," he said. Cruz described faith not as organized religion, but as "a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as...
  • Who’s winning Iowa’s conservatives, and who’s got the moderates?

    12/15/2015 3:51:09 AM PST · by iowamark · 46 replies
    RedState ^ | Dec. 14 2015 | Neil Stevens
    So we have got a new poll out from Quinnipiac University looking at Iowa. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% has just taken over the Real Clear Politics lead in Iowa by a hair, a finding of Donald Trump 28, Cruz 27 is not surprising at all. What is interesting though is to see who is winning Iowa’s conservatives, and who is winning the moderates.It turns out it is not even close. Cruz wins TEA Party Republicans 45-26 and Very Conservative Republicans 34-24. It is among the center and left wings of the party that Trump takes over: Somewhat Conservatives are...
  • Iowa pollster says Evangelicals the KEY to Ted Cruz’s ‘SPECTACULAR’ ‘UNPRECEDENTED’...

    12/14/2015 8:18:48 PM PST · by Isara · 30 replies
    soopermexican ^ | Dec 14, 2015 | soopermexican
    Iowa pollster says Evangelicals the KEY to Ted Cruz's 'SPECTACULAR' 'UNPRECEDENTED' rise! J. Ann Selzer of the polling firm that reported Ted Cruz’s “spectacular and unprecedented” surge in Iowa this weekend tried to explain just how they did it.Watch below:Iowa Pollster Responds To Donald Trump's Claims | MSNBC (Video)Selzer says the real key to his surge is that he’s been targeting Evangelicals, and they have a strong record of showing up disproportionately to vote in the Iowa caucus. Clearly el Trumpo sees him as a threat and understands this Christian dimension because he tried to undermine his faith on Friday,...
  • Donald Trump Criticized Ted Cruz for Opposition to Crony Capitalism, Evangelical Beliefs

    12/12/2015 5:19:32 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 95 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-12-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    Yesterday we reported that Donald Trump and Ted Cruz seemed to be preparing to go to war with each other. A few hours later, however, Cruz himself responded on Twitter by saying that, although the media would love to see a cage match between himself and the billionaire businessman, he won't play along. That could -- and by all means should -- have been the end of it. Sadly it is not. Trump can also read polls and understands that Cruz poses a serious threat to him in Iowa. And so the cage match has started, whether Cruz likes it...
  • Trump: Oil companies dictate Cruz’s policies

    12/11/2015 6:27:01 PM PST · by GIdget2004 · 78 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/11/2015 | Caitlin Yilek
    After a week of tension between the two Republican presidential candidates, front-runner Donald Trump took a shot at Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Friday, saying that “oil companies pay him a lot of money.” “With ethanol [Cruz has] gotta come a long way,” Trump said in Des Moines, Iowa. "He’s right now for the oil. But I understand if oil pays him a lot of money, he’s gotta be for oil. Right?”  “But I’m with you,” Trump told his supporters, noting he toured ethanol plants in Iowa last month. "If Ted Cruz is against ethanol, how does he win...
  • Cruz emerges as Iowa's new favorite

    12/10/2015 7:20:04 PM PST · by Isara · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/10/15 | Katie Glueck
    The Texas senator's campaign is beginning to see returns after months of methodically courting evangelical leaders.Ted Cruz increasingly looks like the man to beat in Iowa. He's rising in the polls, building on an already extensive field organization and locking down critical conservative endorsements.Among the biggest yet came Thursday, when Bob Vander Plaats, the head of the conservative group Family Leader, came out for Cruz, citing what he sees as electability in Iowa and nationally. "This is a guy that's been very consistent in principles, in communications, and his campaign has shown ability to slowly gain ground and build momentum,...
  • How Cruz wins Iowa, and the nomination

    12/10/2015 5:57:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 10, 2015 | Fritz Pettyjohn
    At Nate Silver's 538.com, they describe the Republican electorate as a five-ring circus, composed of Libertarian, Tea Party, Evangelical, Establishment, and Moderate voters. A candidate who can bring three of the rings together will be the winner. Ted Cruz is the one who's doing it. With his pastor/father Rafael leading the way, Cruz has taken the lead among Iowa religious voters away from Ben Carson. Their affection for the fervently Christian Carson is not enough to overcome his obvious weakness as a commander in chief. Santorum and Huckabee are his other competitors in this ring, and neither has Cruz's money...
  • Why Bob Vander Plaats chose Cruz over Trump, Rubio, Carson

    12/10/2015 4:45:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Des Moines Register | December 10, 2015 | Jennifer Jacobs
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/presidential/caucus/2015/12/10/why-bob-vander-plaats-chose-ted-cruz-over-donald-trump-marco-rubio-ben-carson/77087998/
  • South Carolina evangelicals coalescing around Cruz

    12/09/2015 7:48:15 AM PST · by Isara · 47 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/09/15 | Katie Glueck
    Following his Iowa script, Texas senator reaps support as Carson appears to fade. GREENVILLE, S.C. - He's locking down pastors in every county, held a rally to celebrate religious liberty and is methodically courting Christian grassroots leaders.Ted Cruz has taken his evangelicals-focused Iowa playbook to South Carolina - and conservative leaders in the state say that it's starting to work."Ted Cruz has done perhaps the best job in the state, frankly," said unaligned South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott of the Texas senator's organization, going on to add, "It's not going to help my friends who are serving with me, but...
  • Why Evangelical Christians Should Not Support Donald Trump

    11/29/2015 6:12:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 283 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2015 | Michael Brown
    I understand the tremendous popularity of Donald Trump in America in 2015. He is a larger than life reality TV star; he is incredibly rich and not beholden to anyone; he is fearless and speaks his mind; he articulates the frustrations and anger of millions of his countrymen; he gives the impression that he can fix our economy and will put an end to illegal immigration; he is not a Washington insider; he could be a strong leader who could face down our global enemies; he can even be winsome and self-effacing at times. Yes, I do understand all this...
  • Ted Cruz makes his move

    11/25/2015 9:32:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | November 25, 2015 | Professor Mark Silk
    The religious right may be yesterday’s news, but its signal accomplishment, the white evangelical voting bloc, remains the Republican Party’s most important constituency. And it’s moving toward Ted Cruz. The latest numbers from Iowa show Cruz neck and neck with Donald Trump thanks to evangelical support. According to Quinnipiac, it’s now Trump at 25 percent, Cruz at 23 percent, and Ben Carson slipping to 18 percent among all likely Republican caucus-goers. White evangelicals, who make up 60 percent of them, now favor Cruz over Carson, 27 percent to 24 percent, with Trump at 20 percent. And as white evangelicals in...
  • Cruz Makes Wide-Ranging Pitch to Iowa Evangelicals

    11/21/2015 12:35:12 PM PST · by Isara · 3 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | Nov. 20, 2015 | Patrick Svitek
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz takes questions after The Family Leader's Presidential Family Forum on Nov. 20, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Patrick Svitek) DES MOINES, Iowa — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Friday night offered a wide-ranging appeal to evangelicals in this key presidential proving ground, opting for humor, solemnity — and an unambiguous pitch for his viability as the GOP's presidential nominee. "If the body of Christ rises up as one and votes our values, we can turn this country around," Cruz said as he drive home his mantra that more Christians need to show up the polls...
  • President Trump? Part 2: What if he's the nominee?

    11/20/2015 8:40:20 AM PST · by JediJones · 47 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 11/18/2015 | Steve Deace
    ...Trump could absolutely win the nomination...the traditional coalition it takes for a Republican to win the White House may have to be reconfigured with Trump as standard-bearer. ...alliance of pro-life Catholics and evangelicals...became the dominant force in the GOP's grassroots... Since Roe...every Republican presidential election victory except one has one thing in common-the GOP won the Catholic vote. The lone exception was in 2000... If Republicans do not run a strong pro-life candidate for president, they don't have enough else in common with Catholic voters to win the Catholic vote. And Trump is not a strong pro-life candidate. Just a...
  • Ted Cruz Continues His Outreach to Evangelicals With Two Rallies

    11/13/2015 7:19:13 AM PST · by Isara · 1 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 13, 2015 | Matt Flegenheimer
    It is no secret that Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is serious about wooing evangelical voters.Remarks on the stump are laced with references to religious liberty - and what Mr. Cruz sees as attacks against it. His team has assembled a master list of 411 national evangelicals whose support has been deemed most critical, according to a campaign official. The campaign said Mr. Cruz had secured the support of 191.And over the next two days, Mr. Cruz will make his case at a pair of rallies aimed at the class of voters who will be central to his fortunes. He...
  • Baptist free-for-all: Cruz over Huckabee

    10/18/2015 6:47:18 PM PDT · by VinL · 32 replies
    Star Telegram ^ | 10/18/15 | Bud Kennedy
    The Southern Baptist primary is over, and the preachers kid won. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, son of a Baptist evangelist and capable of bringing his own fire and brimstone in the Republican campaign, collected both a thunderous ovation and a subtle blessing Sunday at the North Texas Presidential Forum at Prestonwood Baptist Church. Eight years ago, Prestonwood Pastor Jack Graham told worshipers how God is lifting up presidential candidates and his favor is upon Mike Huckabee... This time around, Huckabee has plenty of words. Just no campaign money. He chatted breezily with Graham Sunday, and drew cheers when he brought...
  • Praying for Trump

    10/02/2015 2:10:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | October 2, 2015 | Professor Mark Silk, Trinity College
    I miss Donald Trump. There, I said it. Mea maxima culpa. Ever since Pope Francis blew into town, nobody seems to care about him. Yes, he’s still leading in the polls. But somehow, no one seems to care. He’s just kind of sitting there, mired in the low 20s, waiting for someone, anyone, to take his place. Ben Carson made a run at him, but has subsided. Carly Fiorina likewise. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz the same. The whole damn race seems stuck in neutral. O Francis, what hast thou wrought? Apparently a need for some churching up, as Curtis once...
  • 'I believe in the Bible': Trump courts Christian right

    09/25/2015 1:57:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | September 25, 2015 | Jill Colvin
    Donald Trump recently showed up at a gathering of Iowa conservative Christian voters with a copy of the Bible in hand. "See, I'm better than you thought," he said. Then came a black-and-white photograph from his confirmation to further prove his Christian cred. "Nobody believes this," he said to laughs. "What went wrong?" As the Republican presidential front-runner and billionaire businessman tries to maintain his lead in early polls with rivals gaining, Trump is increasingly courting a wing of the Republican Party that might seem antithetical to his brand: evangelical Christians....
  • Washington Post/ABC News poll question on Kim Davis, results by religion

    09/15/2015 5:24:26 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 33 replies
    Washington Post/ABC News poll, September 7-10 Q: As you may know, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that gay and lesbian couples have the right to marry. Nonetheless a county clerk in Kentucky has refused to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, saying she objects on religious grounds. Do you think this county clerk should or should not be required to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples? All adults: 63% 33 By religion: White evangelical Protestant 37 61 White non-evangelical Protestant 77 21 White Catholic 70 28 No religion 79 16 By race: White 66 31...
  • Top radio host vows to quit job if Trump wins Iowas evangelicals

    09/11/2015 7:11:32 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 119 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 10, 2015 | By Bradford Richardson
    Influential radio show host Steve Deace says he will quit his job if Donald Trump carries the evangelical vote in the Iowa Caucus. "If Donald Trump gets 32% of the evangelical vote in Iowa on Feb. 1 I will quit my job," Deace tweeted on Thursday, responding to someone who referenced a poll. "Not happening." Deace, a prominent Iowan conservative, has previously endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in the GOP primary. In my view, hes what weve been waiting for, Deace said. Hes an end to the false choice between principles and electability. A Monmouth University poll released Aug. 31...