Skip to comments.Ted Cruz 2016: The freshman senator is considering a run for president.
Posted on 05/01/2013 5:39:32 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Freshman senator Ted Cruz is considering a presidential run, according to his friends and confidants.
Cruz wont talk about it publicly, and even privately hes cagey about revealing too much of his thought process or intentions. But his interest is undeniable.
If you dont think this is real, then youre not paying attention, says a Republican insider. Cruz already has grassroots on his side, and in this climate, thats all he may need.
Theres not a lot of hesitation there, adds a Cruz donor who has known the Texan for decades. Hes fearless.
For the moment, Cruzs inner circle is small: mostly aides from his Senate campaign; his father, Rafael; and his wife, Heidi. They didnt plan on having these presidential conversations so early in his first term. Yet Cruzs rapid ascent and a flurry of entreaties from conservative leaders have stoked their interest and Cruzs. Ted wont be opening an Iowa office anytime soon, but hes listening, says a longtime Cruz associate. This is all in the early stages; nothing is official. Its just building on its own.
Behind the scenes, there is a palpable fear on the right that the GOP will nominate a moderate Republican in 2016. Theres also growing unease with the field of likely contenders.
Enter Cruz. His supporters argue that hed be a Barry Goldwater type a nominee who would rattle the Republican establishment and reconnect the party with its base but with better electoral results.
Republican power brokers from the early-primary states have noticed. They tell me that the Cruz factor is a frequent topic of discussion among state-based strategists.
You bet, hes on my radar, says Chad Connelly, the chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party. Conservatives think hes a rock star. I hear about him from everybody.
Cruzs allies whisper that the 42-year-old attorney, who holds degrees from Harvard Law and Princeton, doesnt take the groundswell of enthusiasm lightly. Besides talking with conservative grandees, he has called his peers in the legal community and raised the prospect.
We all see a path, and he does, too, says a former Cruz colleague. This isnt someone who needs to be told the obvious. He didnt run for the Senate to get cozy, so no one who knows him is surprised that hes at least looking at it.
Cruz isnt worried that his birth certificate will be a problem. Though he was born in Canada, he and his advisers are confident that they could win any legal battle over his eligibility. Cruzs mother was a U.S. citizen when he was born, and he considers himself to be a natural-born citizen.
As Cruz considers a run, his staff keeps adding new speaking appearances to his calendar. This week, hell headline the South Carolina GOPs Silver Elephant dinner; in late May, hell speak to Wall Street heavies at the New York GOPs annual dinner.
Earlier this year, Cruz gave the keynote speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where he was greeted with a raucous reception and praised by Sarah Palin. She touted Cruz as a conservative who chews barbed wire and spits out rust.
The debates over gun control, immigration, and President Obamas appointees have fueled his rise. He has been out front on each issue, brashly battling Democrats and, if need be, his fellow Republicans. Hes the purest of the young conservative senators thats how we see him, says a consultant who works for a leading conservative group.
That ideological purity and Cruzs presidential maneuvers make aides close to other Republican contenders nervous. The backroom Republican consensus is that a Cruz insurgency would hardly be a quixotic publicity stunt. Hed outflank almost all of the other candidates on the right, and his debating skills, which once won him national awards, would be formidable. It doesnt hurt that much of the media already hates him with a passion.
Hes also tighter with Republican donors than most people realize. Peter Thiel, the founder of PayPal, is a close friend one of many donors with Cruz ties. Four years ago, Thiel poured more than $250,000 into Cruzs aborted race for Texas attorney general, and he has recently donated millions to groups supporting Cruz, such as the Club for Growth. Sources close to other top Republican donors tell me that the senator is as good at wooing financiers as he is at wooing the Tea Party.
Cruz is obviously only one of several Senate conservatives gunning for the nomination. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, among others, have been busy traveling to the early states and slowly building up their political staffs. So have GOP governors such as Wisconsins Scott Walker and Louisianas Bobby Jindal.
For now, Cruz is running behind in terms of organization. But sources say that doesnt deter him in the slightest. If he thinks this country needs bold leadership, hes not going to shy away, the former colleague says. He is one of the most confident people I know, and hed run to win.
Robert Costa is National Reviews Washington editor.
I truly admire Ted Cruz. Think he is doing a great job.
BUT, as you said, he is not a natural born citizen as is required by the constitution.
Jan 28 2017: Hillary Clinton sworn in
Of course all the RINO’s, who are so worried about garnering the hispanic vote, will fall in right behind him.
Cruz is Natural Born Citizen since his mother was a US citizen at the time of his birth.
With him...there would be a shot of an “enforcer” in the White House
He was born in Calgary, Alberta Canada, he cannot run, but he is a fine senator.
This is a really, really good idea.
I support this plan.
I do not yet support Ted Cruz for president - too early to pick a candidate. But I strongly support his candidacy.
Count me totally in on the Cruz express! I want no one but Ted Cruz in 2016.
Is there anyone else with more conservative and charismatic who has a chance of winning? I don't think so.
I truly, truly wish he could run. I consider it an extremely cruel twist of fate that the one guy out there right now that I can really get behind...Can't run.
It won’t matter. There won’t be another presidential election.
He, currently, sounds better than the others who are falling out of favor faster than the half-dozen 2012 primaries leaders did.
Ryan, Rubio and Paul seem to have drunk the kool-aide for the amnesty bill. Whether it passes or not, just their support makes them undesirable candidates.
Christie is still trying to get in bed with Obama, his new BFF since Hurricane Sandy.
I agree with you, but that certainly didn't stop the Kenyan
I get a tad worried when the Ted Cruz’s and the Sarah Palin’s (wait, there is only one of each) get antsy and maybe a little overreaching in terms of their political careers. Arguably, Cruz’ influence might diminish if he were to become all wrapped in a pres run. Arguably, Sarah’s ability to influence is larger than if she were VP. Tough call. We need young, we need vibrant, we need aggressive, and these two are that. I happen to like TC and SP right where they are.
RE: He was born in Calgary, Alberta Canada, he cannot run, but he is a fine senator.
Is it your contention that someone born overseas even with American parents is not a natural born citizen?
Seems to the that the assclown currently in office got by with a pedigree identical to this ... goose, meet gander.
Personally, I would rather see him on the Supreme Court. Although it would not be unprecedented for a former president to be appointed a supreme...
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