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  • The difference between Rand Paul and Ted Cruz

    03/27/2015 5:12:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | March 27, 2015 | Doug Wead, former Ron Paul & Bush advisor
    Exclusive: Doug Wead says 1 candidate represents the past, the other the future. So what’s the difference between Republican presidential candidates Rand Paul and Ted Cruz? Ted Cruz is running against Barack Obama. Rand Paul is running against Hillary Clinton. One represents the past. The other represents the future. Both men are U.S. senators running for president in 2016. Rand Paul is from Kentucky, Ted Cruz from Texas. (Rand Paul is expected to announce his candidacy April 9.) Both men are conservatives whose careers were launched during rise of the tea party. Both are born-again Christians. And both signed the...
  • BuzzFeed Assigns 3 Staffers to Collect Oppo on Ted Cruz’s Dad (Opposition research)

    03/27/2015 4:43:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | March 24, 2015 | Dan Riehl
    As Ted Cruz announced his 2016 presidential campaign Monday, BuzzFeed had three reporters scour the records for everything and anything they could find to throw at Cruz—that is, Rafael Cruz, Ted’s father. BuzzFeed reporters Ilan Ben-Meir, Andrew Kaczynski, and Megan Apper just can’t seem to get enough of the Texas senator’s dad. Let’s just skip this bit of actual history, although they felt compelled to at least give it a passing nod: “The story of Rafael Cruz — growing up in Cuba, joining a revolution to overthrow Batista at age 17, jailed and tortured, and fleeing to the United States...
  • GOP congressman: Ted Cruz backers are making boorish phone calls to my office (Guess who?)

    03/27/2015 10:19:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | March 27, 2015 | Mike DeBonis
    Rep. Peter D. King (R-N.Y.) is not a fan of Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas senator, newly announced presidential candidate, and fellow Republican. "To me, he's just a guy with a big mouth and no results," he told CNN this week. Well, Cruz supporters aren't much fans of King, a moderate representing Long Island who has long been critical of hard-line conservatives in his own party. And, King said Friday, they have called his congressional office to let him know how they felt, prompting him to issue a statement slamming those Cruz backers as suffering "from severe cases of arrested...
  • A Texas take on Ted Cruz's presidential bid

    03/27/2015 9:49:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 27, 2015 | Mark P. Jones
    When Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) launched his U.S. Senate bid, he was the preferred choice of a mere 3 percent of Texas Republican primary voters in a field of a half-dozen credible candidates. Chief among his rivals was a powerful three-term lieutenant governor, David Dewhurst, who possessed a net worth of $200 million, enjoyed the near-unanimous support of the Texas GOP establishment and began the 2012 election cycle with a commanding lead in the polls. A year-and-a-half later, Cruz soundly defeated Dewhurst in a primary runoff with 57 percent of the vote and was on his way to the U.S....
  • Ted Cruz and the Media

    03/27/2015 9:22:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The New York Times' The Upshot ^ | March 27, 2015 | David Leonhardt
    Ted Cruz received almost 4.5 million votes in the 2012 Texas Senate election, which he won in a landslide. Millions more Americans, outside Texas, agree with his aggressive brand of conservatism. He has been one of the most influential figures in Congress lately, and this week he became the first major candidate to announce an official 2016 presidential campaign. He also has virtually no chance of winning the Republican nomination, let alone of becoming president. So what are we in the media supposed to do about Mr. Cruz’s candidacy? He is, on the one hand, a major figure in American...
  • Ted Cruz in the Adelson Primary Tea Leaves

    03/27/2015 9:12:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward's Thinking Blog ^ | March 27, 2015 | Josh Nathan-Kazis
    Shmuley Boteach may have just dropped a major clue in one of the biggest mysteries of the 2016 Republican primary: Who does Sheldon Adelson like? In an email yesterday, Boteach’s charity, This World Values Network, announced that Texas senator and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz would be a guest of honor at its May 28 gala. Also being honored? Sheldon Adelson… and Newt Gingrich. The winner of the Jewish Las Vegas casino mogul’s political favor will profit mightily from his blessing. Adelson spent nearly $100 million in the 2012 election, singlehandedly buoying Gingrich in his doomed primary run and throwing...
  • Let’s Be Serious About Ted Cruz From The Start: He’s Too Extreme And Too Disliked To Win

    03/26/2015 10:49:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | March 23, 2015 | Harry Enten
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s newly minted presidential campaign is the media equivalent of a juicy rib-eye that robbers use to distract a guard dog during a heist. He’ll get a ton of media attention, and he’ll get to spread his message — which may be all that Cruz is after — but Cruz almost certainly has no shot of winning the nomination, according to every indicator that predicts success in presidential primaries. First, Cruz doesn’t have enough support from party bigwigs. To win the Republican or Democratic nomination, you need the backing of at least some of the party apparatus....
  • GOP Rep: ‘Cruz Would Be An Equally Great President’ As Reagan

    03/26/2015 10:05:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    A Republican congressman believes Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, would be as great of a president as Ronald Reagan. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., made the comparison while talking to Yellowhammer Radio with Cliff Sims. “I believe Ted Cruz would be an excellent president. The parallels between Ted Cruz and the way he conducts himself, his belief system, and Ronald Reagan are uncanny,” Brooks said....
  • Walker’s Flip-Flop-Flip on Amnesty?

    03/26/2015 5:06:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | March 26, 2015 | Eliana Johnson
    The Wall Street Journal’s Reid Epstein is up with a report that, if true — and it is well sourced — will prove very troubling for Scott Walker on the campaign trail. Epstein writes that Walker “told a private dinner of New Hampshire Republicans this month that he backed the idea of allowing undocumented immigrants to stay in the country and to eventually become eligible for citizenship.” That conflicts with statements the governor made as recently as three weeks ago that, in a reversal of his previously held position, he no longer supports comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path...
  • Ted Cruz Has Zero Chance of Winning

    03/26/2015 3:14:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 93 replies
    Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s Ring of Fire ^ | March 26, 2015 | Justin Lane
    “To me, he’s just a guy with a big mouth and no results…” By now, you’ve heard that Ted Cruz thinks he’s running for president in 2016. Ted Cruz’s entire political career has been marked by opposing progress. He has no significant legislative or leadership record to speak of. But let’s be clear: Ted Cruz is not a serious candidate. He is not a serious politician. He is a serious pain in the ass. His own party rejects him, and that rejection highlights the schism inside the Republican party. In an interview with CNN, Rep. Peter King said that Senator...
  • Jeffrey Toobin Says Ted Cruz Is Smart -- and Then Ben Affleck Shows Us What Smart Sounds Like

    03/26/2015 2:48:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | March 26, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Just a couple of more sound bites here related to Ted Cruz. Now, this is interesting, too. Two sound bites here from Jeffrey Toobin, who is the legal analyst at CNN. He was on Fresh Air, a program on NPR yesterday, the host Terry Gross, and said to Toobin, "For your New Yorker profile of Ted Cruz, you interviewed him several times. Tell us more about your conversations with Ted Cruz and what you learned about him through these conversations."TOOBIN: He's just a very smart guy. He is a very polished speaker. I think people who watched...
  • Ted Cruz's 2016 Bid Is Good for Democrats (Unless He Wins)

    03/26/2015 2:07:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Earlier this week, a friend of mine told me that if Republican Ted Cruz became president of the United States, she’d have to move to Canada. In case you haven’t heard, the conservative Senator from Texas recently decided to make a run for the highest office in the country. When he made his announcement, Cruz said, “I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to re-ignite the promise of America.” He also talked to his audience about repealing the Affordable Care Act and getting rid of the IRS. But while his run for president may give...
  • Terrifying the Republican Establishment From Within

    03/26/2015 8:30:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Ammoland ^ | March 26, 2015 | Alan Caruba
    Would you vote for a man who openly says he would repeal ObamaCare? Would you vote for a man who openly says he favors a fair tax and wants to abolish the Internal Revenue Service? Would you vote for a man who opposes Obama’s efforts to offer illegal aliens amnesty and promises to secure the borders? Would you vote for a man who decries a federal government “that wages an assault on our religious liberty”? Would you vote for a man who wants a federal government that “works to defend the sanctity of human life” and would “uphold the sacrament...
  • Jeffrey Toobin: Ted Cruz ‘Could Not Be Farther’ from Sarah Palin

    03/25/2015 7:39:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Mediaite ^ | March 25, 2015 | Matt Wilstein
    Last June, CNN’s senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin profiled Ted Cruz for The New Yorker under the headline “The Absolutist.” Now that Cruz has made his 2016 presidential campaign official, Toobin discussed the senator/candidate at length with Fresh Air’s Terry Gross on Wednesday’s show. Towards the end of their conversation, Toobin discussed what it was like to spend time with Cruz last year for a series of interviews. “Well, first of all, he’s just a very smart guy,” Toobin said, calling the former Supreme Court clerk a “law nerd” at heart. Toobin also called Cruz a “very polished speaker,” noting,...
  • What Ted Cruz knows about the battle for 2016

    03/25/2015 6:08:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 25, 2015 | E.J. Dionne Jr.
    Sen. Ted Cruz is a decided underdog for the Republican presidential nomination, but he understands where his opening lies. And this, in turn, tells us a lot about the shape of the contest and the fight the GOP is about to have. It is no accident that Cruz began his campaign at Liberty University — founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell — by asking evangelical conservatives to consolidate their support behind him. The most important sentence in his speech was this one: “Today, roughly half of born-again Christians aren’t voting,” Cruz said. “They’re staying home. Imagine instead millions of...
  • Can Ted Cruz persuade GOP to nominate him? Your Say

    03/25/2015 5:42:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    USA Today | March 25, 2015 | Various
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/03/25/ted-cruz-gop-presidential-hopeful-your-say/70461558/
  • Could a President Cruz Work With Congress?

    03/25/2015 5:34:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 25, 2015 | Jay Cost
    Charles Krauthammer articulated a major hurdle that Ted Cruz will face as he runs for the presidency: First term Senators, we already tried a first-term Senator. … Cruz talks about you have to walk the walk rather than just talk the talk. You have to have done something but that's not his record in the Senate. He's a good rhetorician, but when Walker says I ran the state, I took on the unions, I took on liberals and I won I think it is going to be a strong argument. The same applies to Marco Rubio and Rand Paul. Erick...
  • Humiliating Home State Poll Numbers For Jeb Bush As He Trails Hillary Clinton in Florida

    03/25/2015 2:51:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | March 25, 2015 | Keith Brekhus
    A Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey released on March 24, 2015, shows Hillary Clinton leading all Republican 2016 presidential contenders in the state of Florida. Her lead ranges from 2 percentage points over Florida Senator Marcio Rubio (48-46), to an 8 point margin over both Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (49/41) and Texas Governor Rick Perry (50/42). Notably, neither Marco Rubio, nor former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, have a lead over Hillary Clinton in their home state. Clinton holds a 47-44 lead over Jeb Bush in the Sunshine State. Florida is the most populous competitive state in presidential elections. George W....
  • Mark Halperin: Ted Cruz ‘Can Be The Republican Nominee’ [VIDEO]

    03/25/2015 2:12:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 25, 2015 | Al Weaver
    (VIDEO-ABOVE-THE HEADLINE-AT-LINK)Appearing on “Morning Joe” Wednesday morning, Bloomberg Politics’ Mark Halperin talked up the chances of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz winning the upcoming 2016 GOP primary. Halperin told host Mika Brzezinski and panelist Mike Barnicle that Cruz “can be the Republican nominee,” breaking with many who have dismissed the first announced GOP candidate’s chances to represent the party in the general election. “[T]his time it’s going to be different. The rules are going to have the window,” Halperin said. “So if Ted Cruz does well in Iowa and South Carolina, he can be the Republican nominee. He’s not a frontrunner,...
  • Ted Cruz's Rollout Breaks the Rules, Scores a Quick Million

    03/25/2015 1:35:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    US News & World Report's The Run 2016 ^ | March 25, 2015 | David Catanese
    Donations to Ted Cruz's campaign, during his presidential announcement.Ted Cruz's entire decision of whether to jump-start his presidential candidacy at the end of a fundraising quarter hinged on the ability to raise $1 million in the first week. The Texas senator ended up hitting that milestone in just over a day. Fueled by a team of 10 data scientists who are tasked with conducting real-time analysis of prospective supporters, the reach of and return on Cruz's rollout has already exceeded the initial expectations of even the campaign's top advisers. While initial media reports detailed Cruz raising $500,000 on the first...
  • Does Ted Cruz Really Want to Be President?

    03/25/2015 12:32:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Wall Street OTC ^ | March 25, 2015 | Alvin Barnes
    Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has announced on Monday he is going to run for president in 2016. One of the prominent leaders of the ultra-conservative wing of the Republicans, Cruz is the first politician to officially announce his candidacy. But the Tea Party controversial figure is still a question mark for the American public opinion. Ted Cruz claimed on Tuesday that his fund-raising campaign had a promising start, as the first 36 hours passed since he became a runner already brought $1 million in support of his bid. But most analysts regard the Texas senator as a marginal contender,...
  • Cruz told Megyn Kelly that his 2012 race proves he can win 2016. It’s impossible to prove him wrong.

    03/25/2015 11:31:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix Blog ^ | March 25, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) had a simple response to Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly when she asked him whether he could win the presidency: Look at 2012. That was the year in which Cruz, then Texas's solicitor general, was elected to the Senate. “We brought together conservatives and libertarians and evangelicals and women and young people and Hispanics and Reagan Democrats,” Cruz said of that race. To which I say: Who knows? The reason for the uncertainty is that there was no exit poll in 2012 in Texas. It was one of 19 states where the broadcast networks and the...
  • Ted Cruz Vs The Liberal Elitists

    03/25/2015 10:51:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | March 25, 2015 | Kevin Boyd
    Scott McCay had a short, but good post about the sneering from the anti-Cuban bigots liberal elitists at the New Yorker calling Ted Cruz “uppity.” It’s just the latest in a series of attacks on Cruz by his “betters” in the liberal elite and the RINO establishment (okay, I’m being redundant). The elitists are also attacking Ted Cruz’s music choices. He said that he became a country music fan after 9/11 because he didn’t like how rock musicians responded to it and he feels more emotionally connected to it. Instead of just leaving those remarks for what they are, his...
  • Is Ted Cruz too conservative for Republican primary voters?

    03/25/2015 9:30:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    The Washington Post's Monkey Cage Blog ^ | March 25, 2015 | Robert Lupton and Christopher Hare
    On Monday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) became the first major contender to announce his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Dan Balz has written that Cruz’s candidacy “tests the limits of conservatism,” and based on his congressional roll call voting record, Cruz is the fourth-most-conservative member of the Senate. But how does his ideological position compare to those of Republican primary voters, especially in early states such as Iowa and New Hampshire? Very favorably, as we will see. We use data from the 2014 Cooperative Congressional Election Study (CCES). The 2014 CCES asked respondents to place themselves and several...
  • Conservative columnist handicaps 2016 presidential race

    03/24/2015 7:15:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Palm Beach Daily News ^ | March 24, 2015 | William Kelly
    Peggy Noonan says Clinton is Democrats presumed nominee, while Bush, Cruz, Walker and Paul will battle for GOP nod.Peggy Noonan is an author of several books on politics, religion and culture, and a conservative-leaning weekly columnist for The Wall Street Journal. She is perhaps best known as the primary speech writer for President Ronald Reagan, for whom she had kind words while addressing a full house Tuesday at The Society of the Four Arts’ 700-seat Gubelmann Auditorium. “Mr. Reagan was the last great gentleman of American politics, in terms of personal grace and a lovely public dignity and warmth,” Noonan...
  • It Will Never Happen (Ted Cruz nomination and/or presidency)

    03/24/2015 7:06:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | March 24, 2015 | Josh Marshall, editor and publisher
    There are few people I do not take seriously in politics. Or to put it more specifically, there are few people I fully discount in the context of national elections. Ted Cruz is one of those people. By contrast, I think it is highly unlikely that Rand Paul can make it in the GOP primaries, let alone a national election. There are so many intra-party disputes, so many iffy stories lurking in the background for him and his father and a lot more. But there are enough unexpected and cross cutting aspects to Paul that I can't be sure. Always...
  • Ted Cruz going on Obamacare

    03/24/2015 5:13:24 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | March 24, 2015 | Dana Bash
    (CNN)Ted Cruz is going on Obamacare. The newly announced Republican presidential candidate told CNN's Dana Bash on Tuesday that he will sign up for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act -- a law he has been on a crusade to kill. "We'll be getting new health insurance and we'll presumably do it through my job with the Senate, and so we'll be on the federal exchange with millions of others on the federal exchange," Cruz said. Asked whether he would accept the government contribution available to lawmakers and congressional staffers for their health care coverage through the ACA,...
  • Rush Limbaugh: As Predicted, Conservatives Attack Cruz

    03/24/2015 2:25:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | March 24, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, yesterday Ted Cruz makes his speech at Liberty University, and I shared with you the fact that I had spoken with Mr. Cruz on Friday. And I shared with you additionally that I had told him one thing after he asked. It's important for you to know that he asked. I did not sit there and tell him how to do his business. I warned him, I told him that something I have noticed in the last probably three or four presidential primaries, certainly the last two or three, what happens is that conservatives...
  • Rand Paul on Ted Cruz: We need a conservative nominee with “winnability” (Not satire)

    03/24/2015 1:03:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 24, 2015 | Allahpundit
    I did … not think we’d be seeing Rand, of all people, making electability arguments at the expense of other candidates, but if there’s any guy in the field whom Democrats would demagogue more gleefully than they would him, I suppose it’s Cruz. The money line here comes when he talks about “not just throwing out red meat, but throwing out something intellectually enticing to people who haven’t been listening to our message before.” That’ll be his core attack on Cruz throughout the primaries, partly of necessity since there’s not much that divides them on policy (by Paul’s own admission)....
  • Ted Cruz: Hillary Clinton’s wrecking ball

    03/24/2015 12:56:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Politico ^ | March 24, 2015 | Gabriel Debenedetti and Glenn Thrush
    Cruz's announcement signals the start of a messy primary contest that will let Clinton appear to be the adult in the room. Hillary Clinton’s embattled pre-campaign team breathed a sigh of relief Monday as a central player in their grand strategy to win the White House strode boldly onto the 2016 battlefield. His name? Rafael Edward Cruz, the Republican junior senator from Texas. Democrats from both inside and outside the Clinton camp have groused for months that the all-but-certain candidate was moving too slowly in formulating and projecting a rationale for running for the White House outside of her gender...
  • John Feehery: Can Ted Cruz win?

    03/24/2015 3:59:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    MSN / The Hill ^ | March 23, 2015 | John Feehery, GOPe functionary/spokesweasel
    I was listening to Rush Limbaugh when I heard the advertisement. The voice blaring over the radio belonged to the junior senator from Texas, and he was calling for the Congress to defund ObamaCare. He was also urging listeners to donate to the Senate Conservatives Fund, an organization that’s spent millions of dollars attacking fellow Republicans for being what it deems insufficiently conservative. Ted Cruz, having burned his bridges in the Senate, now thinks his destiny lies in a race for the White House. Perhaps it does, but his assault on almost every one of his fellow Republicans during his...
  • Democrats cheer: Run, Ted, run

    03/24/2015 2:05:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | March 23, 2015 | Niall Stanage
    The launch of Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential bid Monday has prompted an outpouring of excitement and delight — from Democrats. To liberal activists, the firebrand Texan is much too far to the right for the nation at large and too extreme to even win the Republican nomination. But they want nothing more than for him to run strongly throughout the primary season. The more momentum he develops, they argue, the more likely he is to push the eventual GOP nominee further to the right than that person will want to go. “I can’t believe Christmas has come so early,” Chris...
  • Cruz: Calling all conservatives (Ass. Press already imagining problems he'll have as president)

    03/24/2015 12:55:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    LYNCHBURG, Va. - Launching his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas asked Christian conservative voters to imagine a United States without the IRS, Obamacare or abortion rights - and to imagine they can make that happen by supporting him. His aspirational appeal on Monday, aimed at America's most conservative voters, could quickly run into challenges in winning over moderate voters - and eventually deep difficulties in governing should Cruz win the White House. But it's a message that Cruz, the first major 2016 contender to declare himself a candidate, is expected to forcefully emphasize in...
  • Ted Cruz Made Me Cry (Lloyd all but endorses Ted Cruz)

    03/24/2015 12:46:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 24, 2015 | Lloyd Marcus
    At Liberty University Sen Ted Cruz officially threw his hat into the ring as a contender for president in 2016. Cruz's speech brought tears to my eyes; inspiring, boldly Christian, and unapologetic conservative – vowing to stand for liberty. Cruz touting the greatness of our legacy as Americans gave me the same goosebumps I felt as a young voter hearing the same pride, optimism, and high expectations from Ronald Reagan. But folks, we have heard it all before; promised to repeal Obamacare, stop Obama's illegal amnesty for illegals, and all of Obama's other assaults on our freedoms and trashing of...
  • Cruz Makes Inroads in the Most Important Primary of All

    03/24/2015 12:26:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 24, 2015 | C. Edmund Wright
    You can talk about the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire and South Carolina all you want – and those all are important – yet none of them is the most important primary on the Republican side. No, the most critical Republican primary, at least for non-establishment candidates, is the Rush Limbaugh-Drudge Report-Breitbart-Mark Levin-Sean Hannity-Glenn Beck internet message board primary. For a conservative base candidate to win the nomination, he or she must carry most of the above precincts. Now, this is not to say that all or any of the above will endorse a candidate by name during the primary...
  • What to make of Ted Cruz?

    03/23/2015 10:23:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | March 23, 2015 | Peter St. Onge
    The horse race for 2016 is several months old now, so it might surprise you that no presidential candidate left the gate before today. That changes with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas declaring for the presidency later today in a speech at Liberty University. He made it official this morning...
  • Ted Cruz Is Unelectable, So Why Is He Running For President?

    03/23/2015 9:50:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | March 23, 2015 | Becky Sarwate
    Well gang, it’s officially here. It’s Presidential primary season! The festivities got off to a real bang early Monday morning with the first hat thrown conclusively into the ring. That Stetson belongs to Texas’ junior Senator and government shutdown advocator Ted Cruz. Ending months of very little suspense, Cruz tweeted “I’m running for President and I hope to earn your support!” to his 370,000 followers. In a piece entitled Ted Cruz Hopes Early Campaign Entry Will Focus Voters’ Attention, writers Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman of The New York Times quote longtime Republican strategist Dave Carney as saying, “It’s the...
  • Does Cruz have a path to the nomination?

    03/23/2015 5:09:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 23, 2015 | Allahpundit
    He sure does, says Team Cruz. But the key to victory, Cruz advisers believe, is to be the second choice of enough voters in the party’s libertarian and social conservative wings to cobble together a coalition to defeat the chosen candidate of the Republican establishment… To them, the Republican primaries are a series of single-elimination brackets where the four GOP leaders who best represent the party’s libertarian, establishment, social conservative and tea party wings will survive as the field winnows. Cruz will vie for the support of the tea party electorate, his advisers say, but will fare well enough with...
  • Conservative Survey:How Would You Describe A "Ted Cruz VS Elizabeth Warren Debate"?

    03/23/2015 4:11:48 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 82 replies
    By far, a Cruz VS Warren debate would likely be "The One" Conservatives would even pay to watch. Cruz VS Hillary would probably be the second choice. If it were to come down to Ted Cruz VS Elizabeth Warren come the fall of 2016, we all know Warren will be in a state of panic. Warren may even need to take a little extra medication before the three debates. So how would we interpret these debates? King Kong VS Ronald McDonald? Predator VS Joy Behar? or how about Mike Tyson VS James Carville? So many possibilities!
  • Here's whom Ted Cruz is really running against in 2016

    03/23/2015 12:08:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Yahoo! Finance / Business Insider ^ | March 23, 2015 | Colin Campbell and Hunter Walker
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is framing his presidential campaign as part of a conservative crusade against the "mushy middle" of Republican politics. However, his more immediate foes are also on the right. While former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) has increasingly been dubbed the frontrunner in the race, he's not Cruz's main concern in the GOP primary. While Bush and another top GOP contender, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, are clearly appealing to relatively moderate Republicans, Cruz is hoping to grab staunchly conservative voters who may be inclined to back a hardline candidate as an alternative. However, Cruz isn't the...
  • Why Ted Cruz Is Such a Long Shot

    03/23/2015 10:06:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The New York Times' The Upshot ^ | March 23, 2015 | Nate Cohn
    In nearly every presidential primary, a few candidates attract a lot of news media attention even though they have almost no chance to win the nomination. Sometimes they even lead national polls or win states, but invariably their appeal is too narrow to allow them to build the broad coalition necessary to unite a diverse party. Ted Cruz, the Texas senator and Tea Party favorite, who on Monday became the first major candidate to formally enter the race, has seemingly been on track for this role since he first ran for the Senate in 2012. He is the darling of...
  • GOP Rep. Peter King dismisses Ted Cruz as 'carnival barker'

    03/23/2015 9:48:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    CNN ^ | March 23, 2015 | Deirdre Walsh, Senior Congressional Producer
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)New York Republican Rep. Peter King, who is considering his own bid for the White House, mocked Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz's announcement that he was running in 2016 and said the Texas Republican isn't qualified to serve as president. "Shutting down the federal government and reading Dr. Seuss on the Senate floor are the marks of a carnival barker not the leader of the free world," King said in a written statement on Monday. King's statement references a Cruz speech on the Senate floor that last more than 20 hours, railing against Obamacare in 2013. The New York Republican...
  • Cruz’s Speech: Presidential Hopeful Plays ‘Jesus’ Card – Text ‘Imagine’ Or ‘Constitution’ To 33733

    03/23/2015 9:21:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | March 23, 2015 | Paula Mooney
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Senator Ted Cruz has made his presidential wishes official, with Cruz’s speech streaming live on ABC News and other news outlets as of this writing, with Senator Ted reaching deep into the belief system that he says changed his life and included his parents’ belief in Christ. During the speech, Cruz related how his father and mother were drinking way too much alcohol when he was a young boy, and at one point, his dad decided he would leave the family — deserting his young son and wife. However, being invited to a Bible study changed Cruz’s father’s life,...
  • Cruz Just Announced That He's Running for President: hopes to be the top 2nd choice for libertarians

    03/22/2015 11:09:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | March 23, 2015 | Peter Suderman
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz just made it official: He's running for president. He made the announcement in a tweet, accompanied by a video, shortly after midnight, eastern time. Ted Cruz âś” @tedcruz I'm running for President and I hope to earn your support! (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Cruz believes he has a path to the GOP presidential nomination by winning the Tea Party vote, and doing well enough with both social conservatives and libertarians to knock out potential rivals, according to a Houston Chronicle report published over the weekend: Cruz's senior advisers, however, see a path to victory that all but ignores [the GOP...
  • Why We Should Ignore Ted Cruz as Much as Possible (Boy, that was quick!)

    03/22/2015 9:57:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Atlantic Sentinel ^ | March 23, 2015 | Nick Ottens
    If Ted Cruz announces he is running for president on Monday, you won’t read much about it here. Even if he is serious and not, as The Daily Beast believes, only interested in drawing attention to himself, the first-term senator from Texas is not going to win the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, much less the 2016 election. He is a political lightweight whose has managed to alienate just about everyone except the most reactionary of Republican activists with his bluster and sabotage. Cruz’ McCarthy-esque denunciations of his political opponents don’t suggest he’ll be able to persuade many Democrats to switch...
  • How Ted Cruz Will Pull the GOP Presidential Primary Right

    03/22/2015 9:07:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 22, 2015 | Scott Bland
    The Texan spent the last months before his presidential campaign showing off his knack for articulating the most conservative position on numerous issues.Sen. Ted Cruz will reportedly launch his 2016 presidential campaign during a speech Monday, the Houston Chronicle wrote Saturday night. The Texas Republican has been laying the groundwork for a run for months—visiting early primary states, meeting with Republican activists, and hiring political strategists to manage his campaign—and has chosen the evangelical Liberty University in Virginia as the site of his official announcement. Though Cruz is not considered a favorite to win the GOP nomination, he will undoubtedly...
  • Cruz Trolls Rand in Campaign Kickoff

    03/22/2015 8:36:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | March 22, 2015 | Tim Mak
    With the formal announcement of his presidential run on Monday, Sen. Ted Cruz officially kicks off his 2016 rivalry with fellow Republican Sen. Rand Paul.Sen. Ted Cruz will not only become the first person to officially enter the 2016 race to the White House on Monday—he will also formally kick off a new rivalry: Cruz v. Paul. When the Texas Republican launches his campaign for president at Liberty University, he will do so ahead of an upcoming electoral confrontation with Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul. Cruz and Paul are vying for the same post—the insurgent Republican frontrunner—who will eventually face...
  • Yes, it’s time for Ted Cruz to start his run on the Death Star thermal exhaust port

    03/22/2015 7:09:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 22, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    It’s the worst kept secret in politics this weekend. Of course, when you’ve been in the eye of the media for more than a year as a possible POTUS candidate and you suddenly summon the Beltway paparazzi to your secret fortress at Liberty University on a Monday, it was going to be a tough cat to keep in the bag. Unless this is a stunt and the media elite have entirely missed the boat, Ted Cruz will skip the exploratory committee process entirely and announce his run for the White House tomorrow. Sen. Ted Cruz plans to announce Monday that...
  • Brown: Cruz is 'absolutely unfit' for office [Gov. Moonbeam, because "climate change"]

    03/22/2015 6:41:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | March 22, 2015 | Eric Bradner
    Sen. Ted Cruz has "rendered himself absolutely unfit to be running for office" -- let alone president -- by insisting that humans aren't to blame for global warming, California Gov. Jerry Brown says. Brown, a Democrat, took aim at Cruz during a Sunday appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," the day before Cruz is expected to announce his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during a speech at Liberty University in Virginia. He blasted Cruz's comment during a late-night television appearance that climate change "alarmists" have a problem. "The science doesn't back them up," Cruz had said on NBC's...
  • Ted Cruz's Planning to Take the White House—and He’s About to Leapfrog the Competition

    03/22/2015 6:22:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 22, 2015 | Zach Noble
    He’s going to skip the exploratory committee and go straight for the jugular. Ted Cruz plans to run for president. The Houston Chronicle broke the news just before midnight Saturday evening, citing senior advisers speaking on the condition of anonymity who said that Cruz, the Texas Tea Party Republican elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012, would pursue the presidency. The announcement would make Cruz the first Republican to officially declare his candidacy. Cruz will announced his candidacy at a convocation ceremony at Liberty University in Virginia, the Chronicle reported. The senior advisers cited by the Chronicle said Cruz aims...