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  • Rick Santorum is not happy about Fox News' GOP debate rules

    05/22/2015 3:56:32 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 98 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 22, 2015 | Jake Miller
    Rick Santorum is not happy about the rules for the first 2016 Republican primary debate, hosted by Fox News, which will limit the number of candidates onstage based on their standing in the polls. (snip) Santorum is expected to announce his plans for 2016 on May 27 during a speech in his hometown of Butler, Pennsylvania.
  • Revealed: Ted Cruz Is Crushing Hillary In This Big Indicator Of Electoral Success

    05/22/2015 3:42:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | May 22, 2015 | B. Christopher Agee
    The Clinton camp is scrambling to catch up.Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is off to a booming start in terms of super PAC fundraising. His campaign’s primary political action committees reportedly took in a combined $31 million in just their first week of existence last month. Compared to his chief Democrat rival, Hillary Clinton, Cruz’s haul is even more impressive. Projections indicate that, even by the end of next month, Clinton’s Priorities USA Action super PAC will bring in less than half of what Cruz was able to raise in just a week. In response to the disappointing numbers, Clinton...
  • Cruz: Democrats' Devotion to ‘Gay Marriage … Trumps Any Allegiance to Religious Liberty’

    05/22/2015 7:46:39 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 27 replies
    CNS News ^ | May 21, 2015 | Penny Starr
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) spoke at the Family Research Council's annual Watchmen on the Wall pastors' retreat on May 21, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr) (CNSNews.com) – Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Thursday that Democrats are putting the homosexual rights agenda ahead of religious liberty. “The modern Democratic Party has become so radical, so extreme that they have determined that their devotion to mandatory gay marriage in all 50 states trumps any allegiance to religious liberty under the First Amendment,” Cruz said at the Family Research Council’s annual pastor retreat in Washington, D.C. Cruz, who has already launched his campaign for...
  • ‘Cruzed’! Cruz crushes Hagel; Chuck Todd, other lapdogs slam Cruz

    05/22/2015 7:01:30 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 23 replies
    MaxInfoToGo.com ^ | May 22, 2015
    Ted Cruz is using Chuck Hagel to destroy Chuck Hagel. This is brilliant. #Hagel— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) January 31, 2013 Ted Cruz just pummeled Chuck Hagel…— NoSoup4u (@gstokes13) January 31, 2013 Indeed. Senator Cruz continued his streak of awesome during his questioning of Chuck Hagel at his Secretary of Defense hearing.Ted Cruz notes that Hagel hasn’t been transparent and cooperative with the committee.— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) January 31, 2013 Cruz hits Hagel for lack of disclosure on speeches — transcripts, who paid him, where the money come from.— Andrew Stiles (@AndrewStilesNRO) January 31, 2013 Senator Ted Cruz is smacking...
  • Cruz Throws Back Gay Question To Reporter: "Do You Have A Personal Animosity Against Christians?"

    05/21/2015 10:32:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 119 replies
    Presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz made a campaign stop in Beaumont, TX on Tuesday, May 19. He was asked repeatedly by Kevin Steele from KMBT-TV about the issue of gay marriage, to which Cruz responds by turning the tables. (via Joe Walsh) SEN. TED CRUZ: Let me ask a question: Is there something about the left, and I am going to put the media in this category, that is obsessed with sex? Why is it the only question you want to ask concerns homosexuals? Okay, you can ask those questions over and over and over again. I recognize that you're...
  • Ted Cruz Says You'll Be Forced To Get Gay Married, Claims Houston Chronicle

    05/21/2015 1:39:01 PM PDT · by absentee · 41 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 5/21/2015 | Caleb Howe
    The Houston Chronicle's Dylan Baddour has a huge scoop about a crazy conspiracy theory from a stupid Republican who is afraid of gays. Huge, if true. Ohhhhh, so close. Here is the laughable scoop: U.S. Sen. from Texas and presidential candidate Ted Cruz apparently believes that efforts to let same-sex couples marry in the United States would force him to wed a man. Yes, that's how the story begins. What a crazy, wingnutty thing to say, right? It's even worse than Sarah Palin's ridiculous claim that she could see Russia from her house. Only, wait - Sarah Palin never said...
  • Ted Cruz Courts Conservative Pastors at Private Gathering

    05/21/2015 10:49:44 AM PDT · by VinL · 6 replies
    Time ^ | 5/21/2015 | Elizabth Dias
    In a bid for the support of the evangelical wing of the Republican Party, Sen. Ted Cruz spoke to a private gathering of 600 conservative pastors and their wives Thursday morning in Washington. The Texas Republican was the only 2016 presidential hopeful to speak at the annual “Watchmen on the Wall” conference... “The modern Democratic Party has become so radical, so extreme, that they have determined that their devotion to mandatory gay marriage in all 50 states trumps any allegiance to religious liberty under the First Amendment,” Cruz told the ballroom. “We’ve got an obligation, as this conference recognizes, to...
  • Ted Cruz SLAMS the media for being OBSESSED WITH SEX (VIDEO)

    05/21/2015 4:43:15 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 23 replies
    Right Scoop ^ | May 20 2015 | Right Scoop
    Ted Cruz dropped the hammer on the media for continuing to ask him about gay rights: WASHINGTON POST – Then Texas’s junior U.S. senator — visiting Beaumont to meet privately with county officials and others — got in a light sparring round with reporters, mainly working on his attacks on Hillary Rodham Clinton and defending his views on same-sex marriage. “Is there something about the left — and I am going to put the media in this category — that is obsessed with sex?” Cruz asked after fielding multiple questions on gay rights. “ISIS is executing homosexuals — you want...
  • FREEP A POLL: Red State Poll (Cruz Walker 1 and 2 as of posting)

    05/21/2015 4:04:44 AM PDT · by C. Edmund Wright · 63 replies
    Red State ^ | 5-21-15 | none`
    Just a link to the poll
  • Watch: Cruz Praises Rand Paul’s Patriot Act Protest (Article and video at site)

    05/20/2015 9:40:54 PM PDT · by VinL · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/21/2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Texas Senator and GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)praised fellow presidential candidate and Senator Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) speech against the renewal of the Patriot Act on Wednesday. Cruz began, “I would note he [Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) 93% ] and I agree on a great many issues, although we don’t agree entirely on this issue, but I want to take the opportunity to thank the Senator from Kentucky for his passionate defense of liberty. His is a voice that this body needs to listen to.” And praised the prior work of Rand and his father, former Congressman Ron...
  • TED CRUZ TALKS FOREIGN POLICY, IMMIGRATION, AND COMMON CORE

    05/20/2015 4:41:11 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 May 2015 | JAVIER MANJARRES
    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) appeared on Fox News’s “The Kelly File,” where he was asked by host Megyn Kelly to discuss her recent interview with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who is expected to announce that he will be running for president in the 2016 Republican presidential primary. Cruz said, “I am a fan of Jeb Bush. I’ll give him credit for candor and consistency. He is running based on his views, his views are different from that of an awful lot of Republican primary voters, but he is honest about it.”Kelly told Cruz that Bush was...
  • Ted Cruz seeks ground between Rand Paul and Marco Rubio on NSA spying

    05/20/2015 11:10:21 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/29/15 5:31 PM EDT | MANU RAJU
    Ted Cruz has made it clear on the campaign trail: He’s an unapologetic, uncompromising conservative with no tolerance for the “mushy middle.”But when it comes to renewing the country’s anti-terror laws, Cruz is taking the middle ground.As Republicans debate whether to renew the post-9/11 PATRIOT Act, Cruz is staking out a position between two of his main rivals, the hawkish Marco Rubio and the libertarian-leaning Rand Paul.The Texas freshman is renewing his push for a bill to end the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection program while also temporarily extending elements of the PATRIOT Act, a measure that is opposed...
  • Michelle Malkin: Most Intriguing Candidate is Ted Cruz [VIDEO]

    05/20/2015 10:58:22 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 9 replies
    Political commentator and author Michelle Malkin dropped by to talk about her new book, “Who Built That,” the 2016 presidential field, Iraq and more. Michelle told Brian that she feels Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is the most intriguing candidate on the GOP side because of his intelligence and he practices what he preaches. Michelle also explained that before we can make a real decision we have to see them tested in the arena.Video at link.
  • New Hampshire Conservatives Coalesce Behind Cruz for President

    05/20/2015 9:54:31 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 34 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 05/13/15
    U.S. Sen. Bob Smith, Rep. Bill O’Brien, Councilor David Wheeler to Chair Cruz NH Leadership Team of more than 40 conservative leaders across the stateHOUSTON, Texas — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today announced more than 40 New Hampshire conservatives to his state leadership team, to be led by former U.S. Senator Bob Smith, New Hampshire Representative and former Speaker William O’Brien, and Executive Councilor David K. Wheeler.“I am thrilled to have all of these courageous conservatives join our campaign in New Hampshire and honored to have Bob Smith, Bill O’Brien and David Wheeler leading this team,” said Sen. Cruz....
  • Insane Things Ted Cruz Says: The Left ‘Obsessed With Sex’

    05/20/2015 9:27:40 AM PDT · by VinL · 90 replies
    Clinton Contributor #1-- NYTimes ^ | 5/20/2015 | Andy Rosenthal
    Is someone projecting? Just a little? Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, a resident of the extreme right political fringe who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, told reporters in Texas on Tuesday that the left is obsessed with sex because he keeps getting questions about marriage laws and the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. “Is there something about the left — and I am going to put the media in this category — that is obsessed with sex?” Cruz said. He went on to borrow a particularly mindless comment from his colleague, Senator Tom Cotton of...
  • As Floridians Are Displaced, Rubio Demands More Foreign Workers

    05/19/2015 11:42:06 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 48 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 19, 2015 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    .....Disney, Southern California Edison and most recently Fossil Group have together fired hundreds of American tech workers and forced them to train their foreign replacements, many of whom were flown in specifically to take their job.....On their last day of employment, he and the other replaced workers were asked to turn over their badges, their Disney season passes, and their laptops and then asked to leave.... “It was just a complete shock that you could do that in this country,” he said........ “It’s just so humiliating and so anti-American. It’s just, it’s just terrible. It’s just awful.”Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker...
  • Cruz plans town halls, meetings in NH: Texas senator returns to state May 29-June 1

    05/19/2015 7:29:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    WMUR-TV ^ | May 19, 2015 | John DiStaso
    MANCHESTER, N.H. —When Texas Sen. Ted Cruz returns to New Hampshire from May 29 to June 1, he will meet activists and voters at six events in southern New Hampshire. According to an email sent Tuesday to the Cruz New Hampshire leadership team, obtained by WMUR.com, the GOP presidential candidate will have a town hall meeting on Friday, May 29, at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge. On Saturday, May 30, he will host a town hall meeting at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester. The following day, Cruz will attend a meet-and-greet at the home of David Scott in Dover,...
  • Cruz: ‘Is there something about the left … that’s obsessed with sex?’

    05/19/2015 5:01:29 PM PDT · by VinL · 86 replies
    WashPo ^ | 5/19/2015 | Desikan Thirunarayanapuram
    Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz (R) hit some of his main stump points while meeting with local leaders here Tuesday afternoon — promising to defend the Constitution, step back from the Obama administration's foreign policy and promote economic growth. Then Texas's junior U.S. senator — visiting Beaumont to meet privately with county officials and others — got in a light sparring round with reporters, mainly working on his attacks on Hillary Rodham Clinton and defending his views on same-sex marriage. "Is there something about the left — and I am going to put the media in this category — that is...
  • Invoking Reagan, Ted Cruz Discusses His Presidential Campaign and the Fight for Religious Liberty

    05/19/2015 1:52:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Peach Pundit ^ | May 19, 2015 | Jon Richards
    Senator Ted Cruz, who appeared in Georgia over the weekend at the Republican state convention in Athens, sees his candidacy for President of the United States as Reaganesque. Comparing the 1980 and 2016 election cycles, he noted the similarity between incumbent Democratic presidents Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama. And in an interview late Friday afternoon, he told me how he hopes to win the presidency in 2016. Cruz noted that since World War II, the GOP has only won the presidency when they ran on all three legs of the proverbial Republican Stool. The winning candidate has been a fiscal...
  • Invoking Reagan, Ted Cruz Discusses His Presidential Campaign... (1st Amend)

    05/19/2015 10:03:49 AM PDT · by VinL · 30 replies
    Peach Pundit ^ | 5/19/2015 | Jon Richards
    "What’s odd about this issue is that there’s a liberal fascism, an intolerance. Some of the Christians who have been persecuted have been florists or bakers who were asked to provide their services for a gay wedding that contradicted their faith, and so they declined. They are being persecuted and fined and threatened with legal action. None of us have a right to demand of another that they embrace our lifestyle. Imagine for example a gay florist who was asked to provide flowers for the wedding of two fundamentalist Christians. Now if that florist decided, “this is contrary to my...
  • Republicans clash over NSA surveillance powers - [Walker supports program as is]

    05/19/2015 7:15:41 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 18 2015 6:29 pm
    PHILADELPHIA — Republicans clashed over the future of government surveillance programs on Monday, highlighting a deep divide among the GOP’s 2016 presidential class over whether the National Security Agency should be collecting American citizens’ phone records in the name of preventing terrorism. Republican White House hopeful Rand Paul decried the phone data program and other post-9-11 domestic surveillance as unconstitutional at a Monday event outside Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. “We will do everything possible – including filibustering the Patriot Act – to stop them,” the Kentucky senator charged in front of the building where the Declaration of Independence was signed....
  • Sen. Ted Cruz brings Georgia GOP crowd to its feet

    05/18/2015 9:32:10 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 25 replies
    There were chicken and fish on their plates, and Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz added some red meat as he roused a Georgia Republican Party convention crowd at The Classic Center in downtown Athens on Friday night.Cruz, a first-term U.S. senator from Texas who announced his run for the GOP presidential nomination in late March, touted himself as a true conservative, someone outside the Republican mainstream who can raise money and draw crowds, and who is part of “a new generation that is stepping forward” in the Republican Party.Alternately serious and playing for laughs — which he received in abundance...
  • Ted Cruz: Gay Marriage Is The Greatest Threat To Religious Freedom In American History

    05/18/2015 9:25:02 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 54 replies
    Right Wing Watch ^ | 5/14/2015 | Brian Tashman
    Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, the Republican presidential candidate who believes that the gay “jihad” may soon lead to the imprisonment of pastors and the end of free speech, told a right-wing radio host yesterday that the legalization of same-sex marriage represents the greatest threat to religious liberty in the history of the United States. “We are seeing today profound threats to religious liberty in America, I think the greatest threats we’ve ever seen,” Cruz told conservative author and talk radio host Eric Metaxas.Cruz said that the fights over “religious freedom” laws in Indiana and Arkansas were “heartbreaking” examples of...
  • Trevor Loudon: Only Ted Cruz Can Save America From The Marxists In Government

    05/18/2015 9:07:40 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 24 replies
    Right Wing Watch ^ | 5/6/2015 5:04 pm | Miranda Blue
    Trevor Loudon, the New Zealand conservative activist who has devoted himself in recent years to exposing President Obama as an “enemy within,” joined Gun Owners of America’s Larry Pratt on his radio program last month to discuss his upcoming movie, which he hopes will help get Ted Cruz elected president next year, thus saving America and the world.Loudon promised Pratt that his movie “will go way further” than Dinesh D’Souza’s anti-Obama polemics “in exposing the Marxist” Obama. “America stands in the balance, and if America goes down, every Western country will fall, including my own,” he said.Claiming that the president...
  • Influential Texas Conservative Backs Ted Cruz

    05/17/2015 5:28:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    American Clarion ^ | May 17, 2015 | Bob Ellis
    As America begins the search for a new president in 2016, many people are tired of the status quo and are looking for an authentic conservative, one who can make a difference and who has shown they are determined to make a difference. There aren’t many who fit that description like Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz. In fact, there are none in the race so far who can match his record of conservatism. And he’s demonstrated an willingness to do more than just mouth conservative platitudes. When most “Republicans” were busy badmouthing ObamaCare but doing absolutely nothing to stop it,...
  • Long-time Texas conservative activist endorses Cruz for president

    05/16/2015 3:44:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | May 16, 2015 | Katie Zezima
    Paul Pressler, a former Texas appeals court judge who has long been a supporter of conservative causes and active in Texas politics, announced Saturday that he is endorsing Sen. Ted Cruz (R) for president. Pressler, who in 2012 hosted a large group of evangelical leaders who voted to coalesce their support behind Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign as a challenge to frontrunner Mitt Romney, said he announced his endorsement of Cruz at a meeting of conservatives in Washington Saturday. “I feel that Ted Cruz is electable and he stands by his convictions in an articulate manner,” Pressler said in an interview...
  • It turns out Ted Cruz does not get his insurance through Obamacare

    05/16/2015 12:14:06 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 16, 2015 | By Katie Zezima
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) wants to kill Obamacare, but he admitted that he might have to sign up for it after his wife took a leave from her job and its benefits. As it turns out, Cruz never signed up for Obamacare. He purchased his family's health insurance off the open market. Cruz and his wife, Heidi, purchased a private health insurance plan from Texas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, campaign spokesman Rick Tyler said Saturday. "They didn't buy it off the exchange," Tyler said. There was no gap between coverage, and the Cruz family never enrolled in a plan...
  • Ted Cruz Was Fearless Yesterday

    05/16/2015 9:16:29 AM PDT · by VinL · 64 replies
    Red State ^ | 5/16/2015 | Erick Erickson
    Last night in Georgia, Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% spoke to the delegates at the Georgia Republican Convention. Regular readers of RedState know that the Speaker of the House in Georgia, collaborating with gay rights activists, left-wing Democrats, and big business, scuttled a state version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Action in exchange for Democrat votes on a billion dollar tax increase. If conservatives wanted RFRA passed in Georgia, the Speaker demanded they gut the legislation with “anti-discrimination” language that would actually expand protected classes in Georgia for the left. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% spoke last night and he called B.S....
  • Sen. Cruz: No Agency Should Target Businesses for Political Purposes

    05/15/2015 7:12:37 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 15 replies
    www.cruz.senate.gov ^ | May 15, 2015 | Senator Ted Cruz
    Sends a letter requesting CFPB disavow Operation Choke Point or any similar effort WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today sent a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray requesting that he publicly make clear that the agency will not participate in Operation Choke Point or any similar initiative. Operation Choke Point, as the letter explains, is "an enforcement initiative designed to pressure banks and other financial institutions to terminate the accounts of certain politically disfavored businesses, such as casinos, tobacco distributors, payment processers, and short-term lenders. Even gun stores, which engage in constitutionally protected activity...
  • John Boehner, Ted Cruz and a One-Finger Salute

    05/15/2015 5:59:02 PM PDT · by VinL · 20 replies
    Clinton Contributor #1-NYTimes ^ | 5/15/2015 | Maggie Hagerman
    <p>Speaker John A. Boehner has had ample reason to give Senator Ted Cruz of Texas the stink eye, shall we say. Mr. Cruz has repeatedly encouraged House conservatives to push Mr. Boehner sharply, even untenably, to the right, and he helped orchestrate the government shutdown at the end of 2013, which Mr. Boehner tried mightily to prevent.</p>
  • TED CRUZ TO VISIT CHICAGO MONDAY

    05/15/2015 11:27:07 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 13 replies
    Illinois review ^ | THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2015
    CHICAGO - Presidential candidate U.S. Senator Ted Cruz will be visiting Chicago for a $1,000/head lunch on Monday. The visit comes on the heels of recent news that Cruz has started to surge in the early primary states.Cruz swept all five official straw polls in South Carolina, saw big gains in Iowa among conservatives, and has reeled in major conservative backers in New Hampshire.Cruz also appears to be winning the "money primary", significantly outstripping his competitors. Groups backing Cruz raised $31 million in a single week in April,  and Cruz has raised money at a significantly faster rate than Romney four years ago.In addition...
  • Anatomy of a Smear: Heidi Cruz and the “North American Union”

    05/15/2015 9:52:26 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 12 replies
    BlogCritics.org ^ | May 3, 2012 | Dave Nalle
    I’m sure there are similar stories about dirty campaign tricks from all over the country, but I’m here in Texas and have a particular interest in the kind of smears which have been surfacing in our Republican Senatorial primary. It’s an interesting race between an insider who started out with a presumed lock on the seat being vacated by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and an large field of candidates representing various interests and grassroots groups from whom an impressive leading challenger has emerged with a real surge of popular support.Not surprisingly, when an anointed insider candidate like Lt. Governor David...
  • Heidi Cruz's work for the Council on Foreign Relations: Building a North American Community

    05/15/2015 9:37:25 AM PDT · by Jack Black · 84 replies
    The Council on Foreign Relations ^ | HEIDI S. CRUZ, and other task force members
    The Task Force offers a detailed and ambitious set of proposals that build on the recommendations adopted by the three governments at the Texas summit of March 2005.The Task Force’s central recommendation is the creation by 2010 of a North American community to enhance security, prosperity, and opportunity.Its boundaries will be defined by a common external tariff and an outer security perimeter within which the movement of people, products, and capital will be legal, orderly, and safe. Its goal will be to guarantee a free, secure, just, and prosperous North America. Shared challenge of uneven economic development. A fast lane...
  • GOP Presidential hopeful Cruz to visit mid-Michigan

    05/15/2015 7:46:10 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 18 replies
    WLNS ^ | May 14, 2015, 11:02 am
    LIVINGSTON COUNTY, MI (WLNS) – Michigan is once again in the spotlight as Presidential candidates drum up support for their campaigns.Republican Senator Ted Cruz will visit Livingston County on June 3rd as the keynote speaker at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner in Howell. Senator Cruz is the latest in what is expected to be a number of visits from Republican Presidential candidates looking ahead to the March 8, 2016 party primary. Sen. Ted Cruz was the first Republican to announce a 2016 Presidential run. Known for his conservatism, Cruz is the son of Cuban immigrants. Prior to going to Washington...
  • Anuzis cruises into Cruz campaign

    05/14/2015 10:52:19 AM PDT · by TWhiteBear · 49 replies
    WKAR ^ | Wed, May 13 2015 | Kevin Lavery
    Eighteen months away from the 2016 presidential election, two Democrats and six Republicans have formally thrown their hat into the ring. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was the first Republican to announce his candidacy. Cruz is the son of Cuban immigrants who before his congressional career was the longest-serving Solicitor General in Texas history. This week, Cruz began his ground game in Michigan by announcing his new state chairman. Saul Anuzis served as chairman of the Michigan Republican Party from 2005 to 2009. Later, he was a candidate for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee. Now, as part of...
  • Ted Cruz unveils NH endorsements

    05/14/2015 9:33:16 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 14 replies
    Union Leader ^ | May 14. 2015 8:10AM
    CONCORD – Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz of Texas announced more than 40 conservatives endorsing his campaign in New Hampshire. Former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith, R-NH former New Hampshire House Speaker Bill O'Brien, and New Hampshire Executive Councilor David Wheeler are state co-chairmen for Cruz. "Senator Cruz has distinguished himself as the country's strongest conservative leader in a Congress where too often being an insider is more important than being faithful to the public," O'Brien said.  Smith said Cruz was "the best of the best." "There's also a personal reason for me in supporting Ted Cruz because he reminds me...
  • Cruz establishes 42-person N.H. leadership team

    05/13/2015 9:35:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    When Ted Cruz next returns to New Hampshire, he’ll have a team of at least 42 activists – including a few of the state’s top conservatives – working with him to bolster his showing in the first-in-the- nation primary, where the most conservative candidates have struggled in recent years. Former speaker of the House Bill O’Brien, former U.S. senator Bob Smith and Executive Councilor David Wheeler announced they’d be the foundation of Cruz’s leadership team yesterday in Concord. The big three took the stage in the lobby of the Legislative Office Building in front of a group of the Texas...
  • Cruz Backs White House Secrecy On Bin Laden Raid

    05/13/2015 6:52:54 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 15 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | May. 13, 2015, at 11:28 a.m. | John Stanton
    WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Cruz Tuesday said that while significant allegations of government misrepresentations merit investigation, withholding operational details surrounding the killing of Osama bin Laden would be appropriate if that furthered national security. Journalist Seymour Hersh set off a firestorm Sunday when he published a story accusing the Obama administration of lying to the American public about a host of details surrounding the death of bin Laden in 2011. Some other media outlets and the administration have questioned parts of or that full story. But Cruz, who is no defender of the White House, said national security concerns could...
  • Sen. Cruz: Congress Must Prohibit Obama From Abusing TPA to Change Immigration Law (Files Amend.)

    05/13/2015 3:05:46 PM PDT · by VinL · 60 replies
    Ted Cruz ^ | 5/13/2015 | Ted Cruz
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today filed an amendment to the Trade Act of 2015 to lock in assurances that this legislation cannot be used to change federal immigration law. "The Obama Administration has repeatedly assured Members of Congress that there is nothing in the Trade Act of 2015 that would allow the President to unilaterally make changes to federal immigration laws. I agree, and we should put it in writing and make it binding law," said Sen. Cruz. "I am a strong supporter of free trade, but I cannot support legislation that would allow the President...
  • Republicans Candidates Split on Giving Obama Fast Track Authority on TPP

    05/13/2015 2:07:05 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 100 replies
    Cruz’s sudden trust of President Obama seems contrary to his nature. Has Cruz read the TPP? Even if he has, it seems a gamble to trust the Obama administration. Is there really any harm in having congress debate the agreement? If it is as good as its proponents say, it would have no trouble passing. Considering that the White House has not proven to be a friend of free markets, it would be wise to scrutinize any agreement this president supports.
  • Top senator: Domestic surveillance needs to be ramped up

    05/13/2015 11:34:36 AM PDT · by familyop · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 13, 2015 | DEB RIECHMANN
    He says the American public should be less worried about privacy and should back increased collection as a means of foiling terrorist attacks. Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee said Wednesday that "it's beyond belief how little data is a part of the program."...Senate leaders have introduced a bill that would allow the NSA to continue collecting phone records.
  • Ted Cruz’s Long History of Being Right for All the Wrong Reasons

    05/13/2015 10:54:24 AM PDT · by VinL · 18 replies
    Observer ^ | 5/13/2015 | Cezary Strusiewicz
    When Ted Cruz announced that he’s going to run for the President of the United States, comedians and satirists around the country stood up and hugged their families in loving embraces brought on by pure, unadulterated joy. It’s like they could already see the media circus that will inevitably follow the candidacy of a man who can be called anything but “boring.” But the honeymoon period already seems to be over now that Jon Stewart has taken a bunch of swings at the junior Senator from Texas in his segment “Let’s Get Rid of Ted Cruz.” Well, with all due...
  • Only 1 Republican running for president scored a 100% conservative rating(Hint: he is from Texas)

    Tough job, but somebody has to do it. For the 44th year in a row, the American Conservative Union has released its annual Congressional ratings for lawmakers who either uphold conservative values - or find them akin to kryptonite. The ratings have become a kind of gold standard, the organization says, in holding every member of Congress accountable for their voting record - and their support of limited government, prosperity, individual freedom and traditional values. “There are several takeaways from ACU’s 2014 Rating of Congress,” says Matt Schlapp, chairman of the group. “First, the liberals in Congress tend to vote...
  • Ted Cruz responds to Jeb Bush's stance on immigration (Megyn Kelly Video-10 min)

    05/12/2015 8:36:30 PM PDT · by VinL · 87 replies
    Fox News-You Tube ^ | 5/12/2015 | Megyn Kelly
    Ted Cruz responds to Jeb Bush's stance on immigration, Iraq - Breaking News 5/12/2015 --
  • Why Is Kelly Only Asking Cruz About Jeb?

    05/12/2015 6:17:42 PM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 107 replies
    5/12/15 | originalbuckeye
    Why is Megan Kelly only asking Ted Cruz what he thinks about Jeb's answers from last night???
  • TED CRUZ: DC ESTABLISHMENT ‘TERRIFIED’ BY GRASSROOTS CONSERVATIVES FUELING CAMPAIGN

    05/12/2015 5:58:19 PM PDT · by kingattax · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5-12-15 | by BREITBART NEWS
    The Washington establishment is “terrified” by grassroots conservatives who are powering Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)96% ’s (R-TX) presidential campaign with small-dollar donations. In an interview from South Carolina’s Freedom Summit that aired on Breitbart News Sunday, Cruz scoffed at a New York Times story that brushed off his chances of winning the GOP nomination because “Cruz has done nothing to endear himself to the elites.” Political scientists the Times interviewed after Cruz announced his candidacy in late March asserted that “the single most important determinant of the outcome of the nomination is the support from party elites” like donors, establishment...
  • Anchor Tweets Ted Cruz Story That Wasn’t True

    05/12/2015 3:51:52 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Adweek.com ^ | 5/11/15 | Kevin Eck
    KWQC anchor David Nelson fell for a fake story that first appeared on the website National Report saying presidential candidate Ted Cruz thought the office of Veterans Affairs and the Pentagon should be like the Girl Scouts and sell cookies for funding.He deleted the tweet, but not before Amanda Carpenter, communications director for Cruz saw it and called him out.
  • Democrats filibuster Obama’s trade bill

    05/12/2015 12:04:35 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 34 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 12, 2015 | By Stephen Dinan
    Senate Democrats filibustered Tuesday to block the first major free-trade vote in years, dealing a blow to President Obama and GOP leaders who were pushing a deal in a rare show of bipartisanship, but who once again find themselves struggling with the political fringe. Unlike the last few years’ worth of conservative objections, this time it was liberals who balked and pulled moderate Democrats with them, putting the brakes on the bipartisan push and imperiling the rest of the spring congressional agenda. The White House said the filibuster was only a “procedural snafu” and urged GOP leaders in Congress to...
  • Hot Air Poll: Cruz Still Cruisin'

    05/12/2015 12:54:59 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 82 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 12, 2015 | Daniel Doherty
    Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) were essentially tied in Hot Air’s recurrent survey last month — although the latter had a slight edge. Roughly three weeks later, however, that same dynamic still holds true. Both Republican hopefuls are garnering roughly one-third of the vote each (with Ted Cruz faring a little bit better): As Patrick Ishmael notes, the sample size has almost doubled since April. Simply put, 2946 Hot Air readers participated in Hot Air’s primary survey this week, up from 1782 last month. Despite the larger sample size, however, the poll finds Cruz and Walker...
  • Only 1 Republican running for president scored a 100% conservative rating (Ted Cruz)

    05/12/2015 11:27:07 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 54 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 12, 2015 | Jenifer Harper
    ~snip~ On a 100-point ratings system for their conservative voting records, there are essentially no Democrats in House or Senate who breeched the 40th percentile. Over 30 Democrats had a score of 0 percent this year, including Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia. “We can only conclude that the former Democratic National Committee Chairman plans to serve one-term representing the Commonwealth of Virginia before he returns to lead the fringe portion of the liberal activist base,” Mr. Schlapp observes. A slim few Republicans were rated between 40 and 49 percent on the scale, with the majority of them scoring 60 percent...