Skip to comments.As Negative Ads Pile Up In Iowa, Ted Cruz Plots A Bigger Footprint
Posted on 12/25/2015 1:13:00 PM PST by Helicondelta
Ted Cruz, staring at hundreds of thousands of dollars in negative advertisements against him in Iowa that show only signs of growing, is battling to keep pace there with his most aggressive push yet to maintain his momentum in the Hawkeye State.
On Wednesday, the day that a fourth and fifth independent group launched paid media campaigns attacking Cruz as out of touch with Iowa Republicans, Cruz's campaign sent word that he will launch a 36-county, six-day tour right after the new year, his most extensive trip of the state so far. Cruz is expected to spend much of January solidifying his lead in Iowa, where he has risen from the middle of the pack to front-runner status over the course of two months.
But that surge is also inviting scrutiny. Cruz returns to Iowa as five independent groups, most run by backers of Marco Rubio and Mike Huckabee, are stirring voters' doubts by spending about $600,000 against the Texas senator in direct mail, digital and radio advertisements and on television. On Wednesday, two of those groups tied to a prominent Iowa GOP operative released new advertisements that paint Cruz as being less consistent than he makes himself out to be in Iowa town halls and churches.
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Believing the media about conservatives is like believing the devil about God.
No Trump money in advertising. Isn’t it great!!
The anti-conservative establishment has obvious reasons for running the ads for Rubio, and Huck has a paycheck to defend.
I don’t think an Iowa win is that significant for a conservative like Cruz, though he certainly has to do well.
This is how it always goes. When you become a threat, the attacks begin and continue until you win or fade out.
If you aren’t being attacked you aren’t a factor.
Mike Huckabee needs to shut his envious, sour grapes pie hole and go back to Arkansas. He is like a hemorrhoid that gets inflamed every four years.
The Media already declared Cruz the winner in Iowa. I even heard Carl Rove say it.
If Cruz doesn’t win, he’s done. If Trump wins, he will be unstoppable.
It’s also possible that someone polling in the single digits will have a late surge and win. It happened 4 years ago.
Who is running the ads against Cruz?
The article says Rubio and Huckabee.
Huck, Paul, Rubio, special interest group(s).
And Santorum is hitting Cruz on the Iowa campaign trail.
I was amazed, about a week ago, to hear a Santorum ad on the radio here in Iowa. It was a good ad hitting on his strong stance and record against radical Islam. Most, if not all, here dismiss Santorum overall, as do I. But I’ve only heard praise on the rare occasions he comes up on this subject. Still with Cruz and Trump also arguably ‘good enough’ on this subject and both thought better on many others, Santorum being ‘good enough’ here will at best win him a position in someone else’s next administration. Still, surprising to find he could afford an ad.
I’ll be honest. This worries me.
This is exactly what Romney and the GOPe did to Newt in Florida in 2012. They ran $14 million in ads touting the ludicrous proposition that Myth was the true conservative and Newt the RINO.
Now Newt had his apostasies...but he was 1000 times the conservative Myth ever thought of being. But this is straight out of the Alinsky playbook - attack your opponent on his strengths.
It worked against Newt. Depressed the turnout enough that Myth was able to win and the whole nomination battle was essentially over after that. It was an interesting election in that every congressional district where the turnout was up was won by Newt...but the ones where it was depressed put Myth over the top.
Cruz needs to hit Rubio and the Huckster HARD. Spend some of that money he’s been hoarding now. Hit Rubio on Gang of 8 and Huckster on in-state Tuition for illegals.
Though it may be best to ignore Huckster. Seeing as how he’s at next to zero in the polls.
Cruz has to respond to this.
Huck, Santorum, Paul, Rubio are all burning bridges for a caucus they have no chance of winning. Why would they risk alienating conservatives and destroying a chance for a future cabinet position if Cruz should win? Perhaps the syndicate party bosses have made some promises to them if they will take out Cruz. He is the nemesis of the Republican establishment and political class. I once thought Huck would make a good press secretary, now I see him as an envious self-promoter. Paul could have been secretary of the treasury and worked for restoring honest money, but he continually lets his personal ambition occlude his principles. He is turning to the dark-side, the McConnell is strong with this one! It makes no sense to attack from the left, unless there are unseen forces at play.
At least Trump learned when reminded of that by Limbaugh and Levin a couple weeks back. I hope he doesn't need any additional lessons. So far, zero evidence that Cruz needs any such lessons.
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