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  • Ted Cruz Is the Only Candidate Using Trump to His Advantage

    08/28/2015 11:47:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Esquire Magazine ^ | August 28, 2015 | Charles P. Pierce
    The Texas senator has so far avoided confronting Donald Trump, and now he's trying to get the ear of Trump's audience.​(Optional Video Accompaniment To This Post) OK, credit where it's due. Tailgunner Ted Cruz is the only other candidate in the Republican field who has reacted smartly to the sudden arrival of the Libidinous Visitor. While shoring up his natural base of support from the Bible-banging hayshakers in Iowa, Cruz also has refrained from trying to harsh the mellow of the Summer of Trump. And now he's pulled the shrewdest play of all. The Texas GOP senator's campaign announced Thursday...
  • 'It's just wrong': Walker defends Cruz from Boehner 'jackass' attack

    08/28/2015 11:31:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 28, 2015 | Al Weaver
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came to the aid of Sen. Ted Cruz Friday after reports that Speaker of the House John Boehner called him a "jackass" during a fundraiser. Appearing on "The Hugh Hewitt Show," the Republican presidential hopeful called Boehner's reported Wednesday night statement "just wrong." Boehner made the comments at a Steamboat Springs event for GOP Rep. Scott Tipton, according to the Daily Caller. "I think it's just wrong," Walker said. "Even though I don't know Sen. Cruz as well as I know some of the governors, I've grown to know him and like him and admire him...
  • How Two Candidates Are Handling the Trump Effect

    08/26/2015 9:46:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Patriot Post ^ | August 26, 2015 | Lewis Morris
    No one ever assumed the Republican presidential nomination was going to be smooth sailing, with 17 announced candidates ranging from all walks of public and private life vying for the prize. But the candidacy, and we use that term loosely, of Donald Trump has changed the landscape in a way few could have imagined. Trump’s presence thus far has muted the inevitability of establishment star Jeb Bush — a good thing, in our estimation, despite the insistence of some Trump supporters that our criticism of The Donald automatically means we favor the heir to the Bush Dynasty. Unfortunately, it has...
  • Bob Smith, Who Ran for Senate Twice in Florida, Behind Ted Cruz for President

    08/26/2015 9:05:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | August 26, 2015 | Kevin Derby
    Florida might have its share of Republican presidential candidates but one former presidential candidate who ran twice in the Sunshine State is behind U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith, R-N.H., who ran twice for the U.S. Senate in Florida, was named as a co-chair of Cruz’s veterans outreach team on Wednesday. Smith joins U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., and Texas state Sen. Brian Birdwell as co-chairs of “Vets for Ted” while Bill Connor will be national director. Cruz has also named Smith, a Navy veteran, as part of his team in New Hampshire, home of the...
  • Ted Cruz adds 66 to NH campaign leadership

    08/26/2015 8:07:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz announced additions to his New Hampshire leadership team, which he says now numbers 107. The U.S. senator from Texas previously named former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith, Executive Councilor David Wheeler, R-Milford, and former New Hampshire House Speaker William L. O'Brien, R-Mont Vernon, as his state co-chairmen. The latest roll-out of 66 conservatives comes as Cruz plans a busy weekend of campaigning in New Hampshire. The list features several prominent conservatives, activists, faith leaders and state and local lawmakers. It includes former state Sen. Fenton Groen and Rep. Warren Groen of Rochester, Rep. Rick Christie of...
  • Head-to-Head: Does Marco Rubio have a chance?

    08/26/2015 7:59:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Daily Gamecock ^ | August 26, 2015 | Ben Turner and Griffin Hobson
    Ben Turner: Yes In the Republican Party’s "autopsy" of why they lost the 2012 presidential election, they noted a need for the party to reach out to minorities and younger voters, two groups they had limited support from. Little did they know, they would have not one but two young Hispanic candidates competing for their party’s nomination in 2016. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are not only the same age and Hispanic — their entire biographies are remarkably similar. Both Cruz and Rubio claim Cuban ancestry, both have law degrees and both served in state politics before running for and...
  • Trent Lott rips Ted Cruz for standing his ground, compares to Elizabeth Warren

    12/04/2014 7:49:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Washington Secrets ^ | December 4, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    First Democrats, now a former Senate GOP leader is attacking Sen. Ted Cruz for standing his ground instead of compromising on key issues. Trent Lott, a former Senate majority leader from Mississippi and now a lobbyist, dubbed Cruz one of the “problems” in the Senate and urged incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to quickly “co-opt” new Republican senators before Cruz and others in the “Far Right” deputize them. “There are problems,” said Lott, pushing bipartisanship at a media roundtable hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. “Yes, we’ve got the Ted Cruzes in the Republican Party, and we’ve got Elizabeth...
  • Daily Mail: Trump Operation Eyeing Carson and Cruz as Potential VP’s

    08/22/2015 9:44:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | August 21, 2015 | Staff
    The Daily Mail writes: Leading Republican candidate for the White House Donald Trump hasn’t officially begun scouting running mates – the first primary is still six months away. Two of his 2016 competitors come to mind for the position, however: Ben Carson and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Trump’s campaign said he has ‘cordial’ relationships with both men based on ‘mutual respect.’ An ex-aide to Trump, Roger Stone, was also seen meeting with Carson’s campaign chief Jake Menges yesterday in New York. Stone says he did not set up the meeting at the behest of Trump, however. Stone told DailyMail.com that...
  • Bush works hard to win support from tea party, Koch Brothers, wins polite applause

    08/22/2015 7:16:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | August 21, 2015 | Thomas Beaumont, The Associated Press
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Casting himself as a tax-cutting, passionate government reformer, Jeb Bush drew merely polite applause Friday from thousands of the nation's most-active tea party conservatives gathered at the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers' summit. Only when the Republican presidential candidate wrapped up his 20-minute speech by calling for a military buildup did the more than 3,000 conservatives from around the nation join in a sustained cheer for Bush, a familiar face in American politics but a newcomer in front of the tea party crowd. "I promise you, if I'm elected president of the United States, I will restore the...
  • 5 reasons Bush isn't freaking out about Trump

    08/22/2015 6:42:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 21, 2015 | Marc Caputo and Anna Palmer
    Jeb Bush is sticking with the plan. Despite Donald Trump shooting ahead in the polls and Bush’s debate performance getting bad reviews — and amid signs of frustration on the campaign trail from the former Florida governor himself — his supporters aren’t panicking, multiple sources close to the candidate insist. The Bush camp is projecting confidence that the Summer of Trump will fade to winter, and that Jeb will prevail when it matters. Here are five reasons Jebworld isn’t freaking out: 1. ‘TRUMP V. SOMEBODY’ Trump is the man to beat, the undisputed leader in national and early-state polls. Even...
  • Ted Cruz's plan to win back the anti-establishment vote

    08/21/2015 7:49:18 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/21/15 | Katie Glueck
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Ted Cruz has quietly embarked on a strategy designed to reclaim the mantle of the anti-establishment presidential candidate, methodically scoring endorsements, locking down the support of hardliner activists and creating an extensive grassroots network, even as Donald Trump keeps a firm grip on the title for now. The Texas senator and his wife, Heidi, have spent months courting Iowa activists over dinners, women’s lunches and meet-ups at conservative confabs. He plans to name a pastor to run point on faith engagement in all of Iowa’s 99 counties. His efforts in the South are aided by grassroots...
  • Cruz, Trump: Bromance Of GOP’s Most ‘Extreme’ & ‘Disliked’ Candidates That We Never Saw Coming

    08/20/2015 12:02:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Latin Times ^ | August 20, 2015 | Cedar Attanasio
    Businessman Donald Trump and Texas Senator Ted Cruz donÂ’t have much in common, but theyÂ’re shaping up to be great partners in the political poker game that is the 2016 Republican primary. Seventeen political players currently sit around the green felt table of GOP politics waiting to check, bet, raise or fold every news cycle. On the table lie polling points, caucus vote and donor dollars. Despite their vast ideological differences -- Ted Cruz is arguably the most conservative politician in America while Donald Trump often has trouble explaining why heÂ’s a Republican at all -- theyÂ’re looking across the...
  • One of Iowa’s Most Prominent Conservative Radio Hosts Just Endorsed Ted Cruz for President

    08/19/2015 1:24:00 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 17 replies
    .ijreview.com ^ | 8/19/15 | Joe Perticone
    Senator Ted Cruz just picked up a huge endorsement in Iowa. Iowa-based talk radio host Steve Deace, who has been a fixture for conservatives in the Hawkeye State, spoke highly of Cruz’s record and his belief that only the Texan can clean up Washington. In an advance statement provided to IJReview, Deace said: “Ted Cruz presents exactly what we’ve been waiting for, an end to the Washington Cartel’s false choice between our principles and electability. No one can question Ted’s courage of conviction and his commitment to our principles.” Deace insisted that Cruz has the chops “to actually defeat the...
  • Ted Cruz is Raising Money & Connecting With Voters & More Possible Classified Clinton Emails Surface

    08/19/2015 10:22:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    KFYO-AM ^ | August 18, 2015 | Chad Hasty
    Cruz Picking Up Money and Support According to the Dallas Morning News, Ted Cruz isn’t making things any easier for Rick Perry. Cruz has raised close to $900,000 from some of the same donors who donated to Perry’s 2012 campaign. Those same people have only donated a little over $370,000 to Perry this time. Cruz isn’t just raising money though, he is connecting with a lot of potential voters. With $14 million, Cruz’s campaign has raised more than any other Republican–he was the first candidate to officially declare, which gave him a head start on fundraising–and he’s dominated the market...
  • How Donald Trump may make Ted Cruz president

    08/17/2015 4:08:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 93 replies
    The Examiner ^ | August 17, 2015 | Mark Whittington, Houston Examiner
    While all eyes are on Donald Trump’s latest reality show, also known as the Trump for President Campaign, some in the media are wondering of the ultimate winner of the current media circus will be Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Politico noted on Sunday that while Trump dominated the news since the Republican presidential debate, Cruz soared in the Fox News poll to third place, just behind Trump and Dr. Ben Carson. Cruz has been on a bus tour through the southern states, drawing large crowds at every stop. The Daily Caller suggested that even though Trump supporters would also tend...
  • New York cellphone executive gives $250k to Ted Cruz super PAC

    08/17/2015 3:50:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Trail Blazers Blog ^ | August 17, 2015 | Sylvan Lane
    Ben Nash, chief executive of PCS Wireless, is the man behind a mystery $250,000 donation to a super PAC supporting Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign, according to the New York Times. Nash donated $250,000 to Stand for Principle PAC in January through “V3 231 LLC,” a company registered in New York. Nash donated to Cruz because “he has been a strong supporter of Jewish issues,” company spokesman Robert Barletta told the Times. Nash, a former student of Jewish religious texts at Yeshiva, co-founded PCS Wireless in 2001 as a teenager.The company became a major global distributor of new and used...
  • A Cruz-Trump alliance?

    08/17/2015 10:37:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    RenewAmerica ^ | August 17, 2015 | A.J. Castellitto
    "And I was also in support – if the Republicans stuck together, you could have done it with Obamacare also...But the Republicans decided not to stick together...And they left a few people out there, like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)...You know, they left a lot of the people that really went in, and wanted to do the job. And you know what, if they stuck together, they would have won that battle." – Donald Trump http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/08/04/trump-and-cruz-partner-to-strip-planned-parenthoods-funding/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social Could this be the beginning of a 3rd Party Alliance??? http://www.redstate.com/2015/08/13/dear-media-stop-trying-tie-trump-around-ted-cruzs-neck/ This is just me thinking out loud. But if you are like me you...
  • The Note: The World According To Trump (End Birthright Citizenship)

    08/17/2015 7:07:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 17, 2015 | Various
    --TRUMP UNVEILS HIS IMMIGRATION PLAN, CALLS FOR END TO BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP: Donald Trump released his specific plan for immigration reform yesterday, ABC's JOHN SANTUCCI reports. In the 6-page report titled "Immigration Reform That Will Make America Great Again," Trump is calling for an end to birthright citizenship, saying it "remains the biggest magnet for illegal immigration." Trump again repeated his commitment to build a wall on the United States' southern border. Outlining his plan, Trump's policy seeks to "impound all remittance payments derived from illegal wages; increase fees on all temporary visas issued to Mexican CEOs and diplomats (and if...
  • Trump leads field in Newton County GOP straw poll (Carson & Cruz right behind) [Missouri]

    08/17/2015 1:34:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Joplin Globe ^ | August 16, 2015 | Susan Redden
    Donald Trump was the winner by a wide margin among area Republicans who cast ballots in a presidential preference straw poll held last week as part of the annual Newton County Republican watermelon feed. Trump received 27 percent of the vote, followed by Ben Carson, 14.5 percent; Ted Cruz, 13.7 percent; Mike Huckabee, 9.6 percent; Scott Walker, 9 percent; Jeb Bush, 7.2 percent; Rand Paul, 6 percent; Carly Fiorina, 4.2 percent; Marco Rubio, 2.4 percent; Bobby Jindal, 1.8 percent; and John Kasich, 1.2 percent. Chris Christie, Mark Everson and Rick Perry each received 0.6 percent, and Mitt Romney and Sarah...
  • Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz Sends Representative to Guam

    08/15/2015 5:42:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Pacific News Center ^ | August 14, 2015 | Clynt Ridgell
    Guam Republican party can send 9 delegates to Republican National Convention to participate in selection of Republican presidential candidate Guam - Guam matters in the U.S. presidential election. Although we don't get to vote for president Guam's respective political party's do have a say in the nomination for president and right now Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz has sent a representative to Guam to seek support. Although individuals on Guam can't vote for president our Democratic and Republican party's can and do participate in their national nominations for presidential candidates. In fact Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz has...
  • Ted and Bernie's summer adventure

    08/14/2015 1:48:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Houston Chronicle's Texas Take ^ | August 14, 2015 | Bobby Cervantes
    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spreads his message Sunday at the University of Houston Hofheinz Pavilion.  About the only thing Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders have in common is that they're both senators and they can both draw sustained, massive crowds when it really counts. But their turns in the spotlight this summer, amid news cycles dominated by the Donald Trump parade, have shown that these political outsiders, be they real or perceived, have broken through -- together. As an unlikely duo, Sanders and Cruz have constituted the most-watched threats to the prospect of their parties' mainline candidates winning...
  • Cruz Strategy? Poach Rand Supporters and Defend Trump Supporters

    08/13/2015 10:03:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | August 13, 2015 | Fuzzy Slippers
    Playing a long game . . . The Ted Cruz campaign is holding its own in terms of polls and campaign fundraising; indeed, according to reports, the Cruz campaign raked in $1 million within the first 100 hours following last Thursday’s debate. His #CruzCountry bus tour is also creating a lot of buzz on Twitter, with enthusiastic supporters tweeting that they’ve just met the “next president.” Watch: (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Winning the presidency is clearly Cruz’s goal, and he seems to be playing a long game. While many other GOP candidates are quick to dismiss Rand Paul and his supporters and to disparage...
  • Guam could have a voice in Ted Cruz's presidential run

    08/12/2015 6:07:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    KUAM-TV ^ | August 11, 2015 | Nestor Licanto
    Could Guam play a pivotal role in picking the eventual Republican nominee for president? That's what a staffer for Senator Ted Cruz believes. And he traveled all the way from Washington, DC to let local party members know that the GOP candidate wants their votes come convention time. Dennis Lennox says under Republican Party rules, a candidate must win a majority of delegates from at least eight states to be eligible for nomination. With as many as 17 candidates potentially dividing up those votes, the eight-state threshold may be harder to come by. However, GOP rules recognize Guam and the...
  • Could Ted Cruz gain from Trump controversies?

    08/12/2015 5:05:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    WPTZ-TV ^ | August 12, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer CNN
    CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (CNN) —Each new speedbump that Donald Trump's presidential run hits could bolster the campaign of his competitor, Ted Cruz. Or so Cruz hopes. Since Trump's controversies first erupted, the Texas senator has been the only Republican not to "smack" Trump, in Cruz's words. But Cruz's allies acknowledge he's not just being nice -- he's trying to preemptively collect support should the billionaire businessman's campaign falter. After Trump's latest disparaging comments about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly -- which followed much-criticized rhetoric about immigrants and Sen. John McCain -- Cruz has continued to refuse to take shots at Trump,...
  • Tom Kacich: Area, state donors spread campaign money around (Cruz in control!)

    08/12/2015 6:36:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Champaign News-Gazette ^ | August 12, 2015 | Tom Kacich
    Unlike the last two presidential elections when Barack Obama soaked up most of the local campaign contributions to presidential candidates, donors so far this year are splitting their money among about a half-dozen contenders. And while Hillary Clinton is the runaway leader in Illinois — she's collected $1.76 million statewide out of the $2.73 million going to the 14 presidential candidates who had filed disclosure reports through June — she's not even the leading Democratic recipient in East Central Illinois. In the ZIP codes that begin with the "618" prefix — which include most of Champaign, Vermilion and Piatt counties...
  • Why Trump Is Still Leading And Ted Cruz Rose After The Fox Debate

    08/12/2015 5:06:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    We received an email from Donald Trump that explains in a few short paragraphs why Trump continues to lead Ted Cruzand why Ted Cruz got a big bump after the Fox News debate. In it Trump commits more words to attacking the Republican establishment and career politicians than he does attacking Obama and Hillary – although they get their licks too, as does the mainstream media. The core of Trump’s email – actually a fundraising appeal – is this: In the face of this media onslaught, my poll numbers actually went up. I even pulled well ahead of Jeb Bush,...
  • Cruz declines to say whether he would endorse in primaries if president

    08/12/2015 5:00:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | August 11, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    Tupelo, Mississippi (CNN)—Ted Cruz, who has become one of the conservative movement's most sought-after endorsements, declined to say Tuesday whether he would bestow these nods in Republican primaries if he was elected president. Campaigning here alongside Chris McDaniel, who lost a nasty runoff in one of the tightest tea party-versus-establishment primaries of 2014, Cruz told CNN in an interview that it was premature to say whether he would rule out endorsements from the White House, something President Barack Obama has done only rarely. "We'll cross that bridge when we come to it," Cruz said on his campaign bus in Tennessee....
  • While Trump Whirls and Rages, Cruz Stays the Course

    08/11/2015 6:53:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 106 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | August 11, 2015 | Martin Matishak and Eric Pianin
    As the controversy rages over the fallout from Donald Trump’s outlandish comments about Fox News debate moderator Megyn Kelly and many of his Republican presidential rivals demand his apology, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) looks like the cat who swallowed the canary. No one really thinks that Trump, the real estate tycoon and reality TV showman, has peaked since suggesting that Kelly was having her period when she peppered Trump Thursday night about his numerous past misogynistic quips. A new Reuters poll found him leading among Republican voters after the debate with 24 percent, compared to 12 percent for former Florida...
  • Ted Cruz announces Arkansas leadership team

    08/11/2015 6:07:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Arkansas Times' Arkansas Blog ^ | August 11, 2015 | Max Brantley
    Sen. Ted Cruz has announced leaders in Arkansas of his presidential campaign. From his announcement: Representative Bob Ballinger, State Co-Chair Rep. Bob Ballinger is serving in his second term in the Arkansas House of Representatives. He represents District 97, which includes portions of Madison, Carrol, and Washington counties. Marcela White, Arkansas Political Coordinator Marcela White is a former Campaign Coordinator for Governor Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Federation of Republican Women Board Member. Curtis Coleman, Little Rock Chairman at the Institute for Constitutional Policy, former Republican candidate for Governor of Arkansas. Peggy Jeffries, Fort Smith Former Arkansas State Senator who served...
  • Standing Room Only For Senator Ted Cruz (Tennessee)

    08/11/2015 5:04:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    WGNS-AM & FM ^ | August 10, 2015
    Senator Ted Cruz made his mark on Murfreesboro for an appearance at Patterson Community Center Monday. The event was held in the local gym. Evidently, the event was so packed, that the fire marshal was forced to stop people from entering the large gym. A few hundred were placed in the smaller adjoining gym. Senator Cruz explained why he was running for president . . . (AUDIO-AT-LINK)Comments from Public NewsRadio WGNS asked a random group of persons at the Patterson Community Center what they liked about Senator Cruz . . . (AUDIO-AT-LINK)During his talk he received numerous cheers when mentioning...
  • First on CNN: Ted Cruz to release the names of his bundlers

    08/11/2015 3:59:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | August 11, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    Memphis, Tennessee (CNN)—Ted Cruz said Tuesday that he expects to voluntarily disclose the names of people raising money for his presidential bid, reversing his campaign's previous position. The Texas Republican senator, who boasts in nearly every speech of his campaign's ability to raise cash, told CNN in an interview on his campaign bus that he would release the names of "bundlers" who collect checks from their networks and funnel them to the campaign. "We generally opt toward disclosure," Cruz said when asked why he previously had no plans to release the names. "The names of our bundlers are not terribly...
  • Ted Cruz in Tennessee with Michelle Garcia and Tommy Vallejos

    08/11/2015 3:06:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Hispanic Nashville ^ | August 11, 2015 | John Lamb
    U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz passed through Nashville yesterday, stopping to speak to supporters in nearby Murfreesboro and Franklin. Cruz had previously announced a state Leadership Team that includes Murfreesboro businesswoman Michelle Garcia and Clarksville Mayor Pro-Tem and pastor Tommy Vallejos. While pressing the flesh, Cruz posed for a photo with Garcia and Vallejos. From the Cruz campaign press release on the Tennessee Leadership Team: Michelle Garcia is a wife, a mother of two, and a Tennessee native who strongly supports conservative principles and who eagerly strives to serve her community. Michelle speaks fluent Spanish and is actively...
  • Perry falters as Cruz surges

    08/11/2015 2:54:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | August 11, 2015 | Bobby Cervantes
    The Rick Perry campaign took another blow it absolutely did not need. Late Monday, National Journal reported that the former Texas governor's campaign has stopped paying its South Carolina staff. By Monday night, there were reports that all paid Perry staff had been taken off the payroll, and that the campaign's top brass gave staff the green light to apply for other jobs. "Pay is only one reason people do this," Katon Dawson, the governor's South Carolina state director, told the National Journal. He told The Washington Post that "money is extremely tight" and that everyone "moved to volunteer status,"...
  • Trump Looming, Cruz Seeks to Seize Momentum

    08/10/2015 8:24:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | August 10, 2015 | Patrick Svitek
    JACKSON, Tenn. — Heartened by rising poll numbers, raucous crowds and a fundraising surge, Ted Cruz traversed the most conservative corners of this state Monday with the confidence of a top-tier presidential candidate. His audiences, some numbering several hundred, ate up his well-worn stump speech, lustily applauding lines long familiar to the Republican Texas senator's faithful. Like many of his GOP foes, Cruz is settling into a phase of the 2016 race that, in most other cycles, would bring a measure of stability after the initial whirlwind of campaign announcements and cattle calls. Yet the Republican field continues to grapple...
  • Ted Cruz: ‘Foolish’ for GOP to criticize Trump

    08/10/2015 8:10:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 10, 2015 | Katie Glueck
    He says that it is dangerous to dismiss a candidate with this type of drawing power.FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday warned that the Republican presidential candidates who are slamming Donald Trump do so at their political peril. Cruz’s remarks, which came during an interview with POLITICO as he swings through the South on a bus tour, are among the most detailed comments to date regarding his reluctance to criticize the real estate mogul, who is currently leading the polls in the GOP primary. “I would … note that an awful lot of Republicans, including other Republican...
  • GOP establishment picks Rubio, Fiorina in debates; voters say Trump, Carson, Cruz and also Fiorina

    08/10/2015 2:14:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Fayetteville Observer's Next President Blog ^ | August 10, 2015 | Myron B. Pitts
    Smoke has cleared on the first Republican presidential debate, which was followed by another round of controversy involving Donald Trump, and it appears the billionaire’s support is holding. At 23 percent, he still leads the GOP field, according to a poll by NBC News and Survey Monkey. The poll is consistent with unscientific surveys and a poll by Gravis Marketing that show a plurality of GOP watchers gave the debate to The Donald. (A plurality also thought Trump lost the debate.) A clear division within the GOP post-debate has emerged that in some way perfectly mirrors where the party is...
  • Ted Cruz raises more than $1 million online since debate

    08/10/2015 1:47:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 10, 2015 | David M. Drucker
    Sen. Ted Cruz has raised $1.1 million since Thursday, figures his presidential campaign is pointing to as a surge in support following the first televised presidential debate. The Texas Republican on Monday issued a press release touting the fundraising and social media activity, and also appeared to tweak front-runner Donald Trump's "make America great again" campaign slogan. The Cruz campaign said it had received more than 10,000 contributions online averaging $54.77 each, with campaign web page views at 296,000; impressions from Facebook posts at 20.5 million and impressions from tweets at 12.3 million. "The wave of grassroots support is growing....
  • What’s Behind Ted Cruz’s Southern Campaign Swing

    08/10/2015 1:06:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 10, 2015 | Jessica Hopper
    Following the first Republican presidential debate, many GOP candidates hit the campaign trail in Iowa and New Hampshire, but Ted Cruz stopped south first, going on a bus tour as part of his campaign’s effort to give southern states more play. “We're running a national campaign," said Cruz from his campaign bus. "You know, there are some folks in this race. They're all in in one state and hoping to get lucky. We are putting together a national grassroots campaign." On Sunday, the Cruz campaign bus, emblazoned with the slogan, “This bus makes right turns only,” pulled into Pelham, Alabama...
  • Fiorina [8%], Cruz [13%] Surge in GOP Post-Debate Poll While Trump [23%] Maintains Big Lead

    08/10/2015 12:49:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Towleroad ^ | August 10, 2015 | Kyler Geoffroy
    An overnight poll taken in the wake of Thursday’s bombastic GOP debates on Fox News shows the big winners seem to be Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump. NBC News reports: Donald Trump has the support of 23% of Republican primary voters following the debate, which had the highest viewership ever for a primary debate, with 24 million watchers. The poll was in the field for only a 24-hour period, during which Mr. Trump continued to make more headlines for his comments about Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly, which got him disinvited from speaking at a gathering of conservatives...
  • Power of grassroots: Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz visits Pelham (Standing room only)

    08/09/2015 8:10:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Shelby County Reporter ^ | August 9, 2015 | Jessa Pease, staff writer
    PELHAM— It was standing room only at the Pelham Civic Complex Aug. 9 when Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz addressed citizens in Shelby County. More than 850 people were in attendance for the Shelby County Republican Party’s “Southern Social” to see Cruz, who announced his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election on March 23. “What Ted Cruz is known for today, and the reason so many of you have packed this place, is because you know that Ted Cruz is a man who is going to stand up for what’s right,” said Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill. “Ted...
  • Cruz, Fiorina Are Big Winners In First Post-Debate Poll

    08/09/2015 6:22:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | August 9, 2015 | Kevin Drum
    A new NBC poll has gotten a lot of attention today for suggesting that Donald Trump won the Republican debate on Thursday. And maybe he did! But I'd take the results with a grain of salt. Here's why: â—¾As the chart on the right shows, Trump's support didn't increase. It stayed where it was. The big gainers were Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, and Ben Carson.â—¾It was an overnight poll. So it might reflect what viewers thought of the debate itself, but it doesn't take account of the weekend fallout over Trump's post-debate treatment of Megyn Kelly. Nor does it take...
  • Debate Backfires On Fox News As Crazies Trump, Cruz, and Carson Rise to Top 3 In New Poll

    08/09/2015 11:51:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    Politicus USA - Real liberal politics ^ | August 9, 2015 | Jason Easley
    An NBC News poll taken after the Republican debate revealed some bad news for Fox News. All of their favorite establishment candidates lost support while the lunatic fringe led by Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Ben Carson rose to the top three positions. Video: (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The new Republican top seven are: ian bremmer ✔ ‎@ianbremmer Post-Debate Poll (NBC) Trump 23% Cruz 13% Carson 11% Fiorina 8% Rubio 8% Bush 7% Walker 7% That's quite a 1, 2, 3... 10:07 AM - 9 Aug 2015 Marco Rubio was the only Fox News favored candidate to remain in the top 5, and he...
  • Ted Cruz shows his true colors at presidential debate

    08/07/2015 10:26:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Examiner ^ | August 7, 2015 | Sylvia Van Peebles, San Diego politics examiner
    The first 2016 presidential debate got off to a rocky start last night when Donald Trump was the only candidate to raise his hand, signifying a "no" answer in response to the question of whether they would pledge to support the party candidate and not run a third party campaign. Although he was booed for his response he quickly rebounded. It was a night of bad-bordering on inappropriate-and irrelevant questions directed at Trump, the airing of candidates dirty laundry and the pitting of the candidates against each other. Even though Trump and Bush dominated the debate when it came to...
  • Who won the first Republican debate Thursday night? (Trump 65% Cruz 2nd)

    08/07/2015 8:42:02 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 41 replies
    Newsmax ^ | August 27th, 2016
    Donald Trump 4,370(65%) Dr. Ben Carson 394(5%) Gov. Scott Walker 73(1%) Sen. Ted Cruz 645(9%) Gov. Jeb Bush 80(1%) Sen. Marco Rubio 539(8%)
  • Chattanooga Tea Party Leader Mark West Joins Cruz Camp

    08/07/2015 8:04:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Chattanoogan ^ | August 7, 2015
    Chattanooga Tea Party leader Mark West is among those announced as the Tennessee leadership team for the presidential campaign of Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Senator Cruz has an upcoming trip to Chattanooga. Stephen Siao joins the Cruz campaign as state director, and 24 "top grassroots and faith leaders" join chairman Kevin Kookogey on the state leadership team. Mr. Siao previously led Heritage Action's efforts in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Before joining Heritage Action in January 2014, Siao served on the communications staff of The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and completed a fellowship at the John Jay Institute. A graduate...
  • Steve King's son signs on with Ted Cruz super PAC in Iowa

    08/07/2015 6:18:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | August 7, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer CNN
    Jeff King, a top political aide to his father and Iowa powerbroker, Rep. Steve King, has signed on with the super PAC supporting Ted Cruz, the organization confirmed to CNN Friday. In what could be a signal for who his father -- one of Iowa's most coveted endorsements -- could eventually support, Jeff King is now consulting for one of the four main super PACs supporting Cruz, Keep the Promise I. That group, funded almost entirely by New York hedge-fund magnate Robert Mercer, launched its first advertisements this week and unveiled some of the operatives that will execute the group's...
  • Which 2016 candidate has generated the most Facebook buzz? (Trump, Cruz and Bush)

    08/07/2015 1:21:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 6, 2015 | Jake Miller
    Ahead of Thursday's Republican primary debate - the first of the 2016 cycle - Facebook released data on which candidates and topics are generating the most chatter on its social network. The five most discussed political topics among U.S. Facebook users are, in order: "racial issues," Mexico, the economy, "LGBT issues," and immigration. The social network has previously released data on how many Facebook interactions (posts, comments, likes, and shares) each candidate generated on the day they launched their campaign. The data released Thursday, however, reflected the total number of Facebook interactions each candidate has generated during their time in...
  • GOP DEBATE: Locals endorse Trump, Cruz (Rancho Cucamonga, California)

    08/06/2015 10:01:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Press Enterprise ^ | August 6, 2015 | Jeff Horseman, staff writer
    Jeb Bush was not popular at Gandolfo’s New York Deli on Thursday night, Aug. 6. A Republican presidential debate watch party at the Rancho Cucamonga eatery heartily booed Bush, who is considered an establishment White House candidate. Billionaire Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, both seen more as political outsiders, were warmly received. Both appeared to be the top choices of a straw poll conducted after the debate. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker also fared well. Bush, who received just one vote, was jeered for saying that undocumented immigrants come to this country often because...
  • Presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s wife to appear in Lake Wylie (South Carolina)

    08/06/2015 6:55:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Herald ^ | August 6, 2015 | Bristow Marchant
    As the 2016 presidential primary approaches, another candidate’s campaign is making a stop in York County. Heidi Cruz, wife of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, will be speaking at the Clover-Lake Wylie Republican Women on Monday, Aug. 17. Supporters of the Texas conservative can have coffee with the candidate’s wife at 11 a.m. the River Hills Marina Club at River Hills Plantation. The event is free and open to the public, both men and women. The senator’s spouse has a long public career of her own. Mrs. Cruz worked as a policy aide on George W. Bush's 2000 presidential campaign, then...
  • Ralph Hudgens and Jody Hice to Head Up Ted Cruz Georgia Campaign

    08/06/2015 6:36:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Peach Pundit ^ | August 6, 2015 | Jon Richards
    The Ted Cruz presidential campaign today announced its Georgia leadership team, as the candidate prepares to speak at the Red State Gathering in Atlanta, and to visit Savannah, Newnan and Midland over the weekend. The Peach State campaign will be headed by Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens and 10th District Congressman Jody Hice. From the press release: “Sen. Cruz is the kind of principled conservative we need to stop the Washington Cartel of establishment politicians and special interests who govern to enrich themselves before the American people,” said Georgia Chairman Ralph Hudgens. “I am proud to serve as his Georgia...