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  • Who Owns Your Candidate?

    10/03/2015 5:17:02 PM PDT · by amorphous · 13 replies
    The Anti Media ^ | 2 Oct 2015 | Jake Anderson
    It’s a new era of American politics. With regard to campaign finance, the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling — and the arguably worse McCutcheon v. FEC ruling — opened the doors to unrestricted corporate funding of our national elections. The primary mechanism in place facilitating this flood of private money is the super PAC. You’ve probably heard of super PACs and how they’ve essentially taken over the role traditionally filled by individual campaign donors in Political Action Committees (PACs). But super PACs aren’t the end of it. There are puppet political non-profits, business associations, and now, single-candidate “dark money” outfits...
  • Exclusive- Ted Cruz: States Should ‘Stand Up and Lead’ on Defunding Planned Parenthood

    10/03/2015 1:31:51 PM PDT · by Isara · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 Oct 2015 | Dr. Susan Berry
    In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) says that state legislatures and governors now need to “stand up and lead” on defunding Planned Parenthood. “I encourage every state legislature and every governor to stand up and lead on Planned Parenthood,” the GOP presidential contender said. “Unfortunately, Republican leadership in Washington is unwilling to lead and, indeed, it’s Republican leadership who’s joined with Barack Obama in leading the fight to preserve taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood.” Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Utah, and New Hampshire have moved to eliminate Medicaid funding from Planned Parenthood after investigative videos have exposed...
  • Allman Report EXCLUSIVE - Senator Ted Cruz Talks About His Plans If He Were Elected President (MO)

    10/03/2015 1:22:24 PM PDT · by Isara · 10 replies
    ABC St. Louis ^ | Fri, Oct 02 2015 | Brian Mattix
    ST. LOUIS (KDNL/The Allman Report) - The US Senator from Texas, Republican Ted Cruz, who is running for the Republican nomination for President says he wants to see a flat tax citizens could put "on a postcard". Cruz also says wants to see better leadership when it comes to foreign policy, because US President Barack Obama has been a "laughingstock" among world leaders. Cruz also has fighting words for his opponents for the Presidency who are in Congress and have missed key votes while campaigning. Senator Cruz stopped in St Louis to meet voters this week. He sits down for...
  • The 4 Percent Man: ‘Stuff Happens’; Bush sees lowest poll numbers as he explains verbal slip-up

    10/03/2015 1:12:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Polizette ^ | October 3, 2015 | Keith Koffler
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush scored just 4 percent of the vote in the latest national GOP survey, a catastrophically low number that is sure to raise grave concern among the establishment donors who have invested millions in his success for the 2016 presidential race. The poll, released Friday by the Pew Research Center, shows Bush slipping into sixth place behind Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who is at 6 percent. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Bush’s archrival for establishment backing, has twice Jeb’s support, with 8 percent. Rubio is tied with Fiorina, whose tally suggests the steam may have run out...
  • Hot Air Primary Survey: October Results

    10/03/2015 11:27:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 3, 2015 | Patrick Ishmael
    For the sixth time in a row, Hot Air’s first choice winner for President is Ted Cruz, with 34.9% of the vote. He’s followed by Carly Fiorina (21.6%), Marco Rubio (18.3%), Donald Trump (16%) and — at a surprising distance — Ben Carson (3.1%.) Rubio and Fiorina have basically doubled their take from the last vote, while Carson’s vote was cut in half. Trump lost a few points; Cruz remained steady. Over 2800 votes were cast.I think it’s notable that the survey was dominated by six candidates: Cruz, Fiorina, Rubio, Trump, Carson and Bobby Jindal. I’ve color coded the candidates...
  • Ted Cruz, the other Cuban American running for president

    10/03/2015 11:11:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | October 2, 2015 | Patricia Mazzei
    * Texas senator stresses his Cuban heritage on campaign trail * His father was arrested and jailed on the island * Some Hispanic voters dislike Cruz’s strident conservatismTed Cruz could have been a Miami cubanito. His father, Rafael Bienvenido Cruz, desperate to flee Cuba after his youthful guerrilla activities landed him in jail, applied to the University of Texas, Louisiana State University — and the University of Miami. He chose Texas only because it was the first school to respond. “If the University of Miami had let him in, I might be a Floridian right now,” Ted Cruz told the...
  • Poll: Jeb Falls to 4%

    10/03/2015 10:56:14 AM PDT · by xzins · 42 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | OCT 2, 2015 | DANIEL HALPER
    The latest Pew poll shows that Jeb Bush has fallen to 4 percent in the Republican field. Donald Trump leads the field with 25 percent; Ben Carson is at 16 percent. Carly Fiorina and Marco Rubio are tied for third at 8 percent of the Republican field.
  • Why Ted Cruz Could Win in 2016 (FLASHBACK)

    10/03/2015 10:27:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | September 30, 2014 | Michael Tracey
    The freshman senator's charm and cunning combine a grassroots insurgent image with well-funded establishment connections.The following assertion may not seem immediately intuitive, but I believe it to be true: Ted Cruz is the current front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. First, I would implore all readers to watch a full Ted Cruz speech if he or she has not already. The man is simply a performative marvel. He manages to strike some sort of preternatural balance between fiery Southern Baptist sermon and stand-up comedy routine, invariably bringing crowds to their feet. In the era of the tweet-sized soundbite, Ted...
  • Hillary Clinton Mocks Ben Carson, Ted Cruz on Gay Rights

    10/03/2015 10:02:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 3, 2015 | Liz Kreutz
    Hillary Clinton on Saturday mocked Republican presidential candidates Ben Carson and Ted Cruz over their positions on gay rights during remarks to the Human Rights Campaign, where she also called for new laws to support and protect the rights of transgendered people. "Ben Carson says that marriage equality is what caused the fall of the Roman empire," the Democratic presidential candidate said to laughter during a breakfast at the LGBT rights organization's annual gathering in Washington, D.C. Clinton then mentioned Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, which drew hisses and boos from the crowd gathered inside the grand ballroom of the Mayflower...
  • One Fact Everyone Has Forgotten About Ted Cruz Might Be His Key To The White House

    10/03/2015 9:46:49 AM PDT · by Isara · 33 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | October 1, 2015 | Randy DeSoto
    Almost all of Cruz’s initiatives received unanimous support. Many may not realize that before Ted Cruz was a U.S. Senator he had a lengthy career in various positions, one of which makes him particularly well suited to roll back the explosion of regulations under the Obama administration. Following Cruz’s graduation from Harvard Law School in 1995, stints as a clerk for Chief Justice William Rehnquist and in the practice of private law, the Texan ultimately ended up serving in George W. Bush administration in the early part of the last decade. PJ Media reports that Cruz, as director Federal Trade...
  • Ron Paul’s legacy belongs to Ted Cruz

    10/03/2015 9:31:25 AM PDT · by Isara · 12 replies ^ | October 1, 2015 | Shawn Dietz
    As a Libertarian leaning Republican (in Iowa no less), I’m used to my options for Presidential candidates being limited. I’m also used to my choice turning me into an outcast among peers. What I’m about to write may ruffle some feathers among friends, but let’s face it, as the Iowa Liberty movement has grown, we’ve ruffled our share of feathers in the ranks of the establishment, so forgive me if I shake the tree of Liberty for a moment. Let’s get this straight right out of the gate, there will only ever be one Dr. Ron Paul. The former Texas...
  • Cruz: Obama trying to 'tear us apart' with comments on Oregon shooting

    10/03/2015 6:36:03 AM PDT · by Isara · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 02, 2015 | Bradford Richardson
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is criticizing President Obama for his comments about a mass shooting at a community college in Oregon that left 9 dead. “Unfortunately that is the approach with President Obama on every issue, is that he seeks to tear us apart, he seeks to politicize it and it’s worth remembering he is ideological and he’s a radical,” Cruz said on "The Mark Levin Show," as first reported by Buzzfeed News. “You know, as his former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel said, ‘you never let a good crisis go to waste,’ and that is sadly his approach.” The...
  • Cruz, Rubio and Clarity in the GOP Race

    10/02/2015 8:51:07 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 27 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | 10/02/2015 | Scott Rasmussen
    Despite the oversized field and non-traditional candidates, the battle for the Republican presidential nomination is starting to shape up in familiar ways. There will be a champion of the establishment wing taking on the champion of the party base to determine the nominee. One interesting possibility is that this year’s finalists could both be young, articulate and Hispanic. There’s a long road ahead, but it is very reasonable to envision Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as the last candidates standing. Among establishment candidates, Rubio almost certainly has enough charisma and eloquence to overcome Jeb Bush’s claim...
  • Trump still leads as Rubio and Fiorina rise

    10/02/2015 9:58:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    You.Gov ^ | October 1, 2015 | Kathy Frankovic
    Donald Trump again leads the Republican primary field – but his lead has dwindled since before the second debate, while Marco Rubio has seen a significant boost in support.Although businessman Donald Trump continues to lead the GOP field when it comes to presidential preference of those registered voters who think of themselves as Republican, he is by no means the best-liked contender for Republicans for those potential voters. At least five other candidates in the latest Economist/YouGov Poll are seen more favorably by Republicans than Trump. Trump’s lead has somewhat diminished in recent weeks, though he remains in first place...
  • Carly Fiorina stands by 2013 attack on Ted Cruz (feels sorry for Boehner)

    10/02/2015 9:46:47 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 32 replies
    MofoPolitics ^ | Oct. 2, 2015
    In 2013, Fiorina said of Cruz’s effort to defund Obamacare: "Everyone could see this train wreck coming. I actually feel bad for John Boehner. And I think Ted Cruz’s tactics were wrong. There is no honor charging a hill that you know you can’t take — only casualties. Although Ted Cruz may have gotten name recognition and money along the way." She stood by those comments in an interview with Glenn Beck: " We all want to repeal Obamacare. But here’s what was different then: We did not have a majority. We did not have a majority."
  • Ted Cruz: “Radical” Obama “Seeks To Tear Us Apart” With Comments On Oregon Shooting

    10/02/2015 8:32:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | October 2, 2015 | Andrew Kaczynski and Mark Arce
    “…they try to use these tragedies as an excuse to come after the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens. It’s unconstitutional, it’s cynical, and it’s wrong.” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Thursday criticized President Obama for the comments he made following the mass shooting in Oregon that left 10 people dead. “Well, unfortunately that is the approach with President Obama on every issue, is that he seeks to tear us apart, he seeks to politicize it and it’s worth remembering he is ideological and he’s a radical,” Cruz stated on the Mark Levin Show. “You know, as his former chief of...
  • After railing against rich donors, Cruz starts crowd-funding site for small-dollar bundlers

    10/02/2015 7:20:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | October 2, 2015
    After bemoaning the wealthy GOP donors who he says "actively despise" the party's conservative base, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has turned his campaign fundraising efforts toward luring in small-dollar bundlers. In what his camp is calling "the world's first presidential social crowd-funding platform," the Texas senator's campaign on Thursday announced CruzCrowd, a website that hopes to draw in donors who can raise multiple small donations. "Traditionally, wealthy bundlers have been the financiers and driving force behind presidential politics. Ted Cruz has proven his appeal to wealthy donors and they are a vital part of his campaign," Chris Wilson, director...
  • First on CNN: Ted Cruz to woo top Club for Growth donors

    10/02/2015 5:47:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | October 2, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    Ted Cruz will have a chance to win over some of the Republican Party's top donors at a beachside conference later this month. The Texas senator is the sole presidential candidate confirmed to attend the Club for Growth's economic conference in San Diego on Oct. 15, according to an invitation, giving Cruz a platform to court the deep-pocketed donors part of the Club's network. Cruz has been surprisingly effective at landing top GOP moneymen, collecting more than $50 million for his campaign and super PACs. The Club, which is one of the most conservative spending groups in elections, is helping...
  • Cruz Says Next Speaker Should Repeal Obamacare ‘Exemption’

    10/02/2015 3:38:11 PM PDT · by VinL · 56 replies
    RollCall ^ | 10/2/15 | Niels Lesniewski
    Sen. Ted Cruz wants anyone who wants to be the next speaker of the House to roll back health care contributions under Obamacare for lawmakers. “I’ll tell ya, a very strong thing the next speaker could do is tee up and vote at the outset on repealing the congressional exemption from Obamacare. That’s something career politicians don’t want to do, but that would be a strong opening action for a new Republican speaker to say we’re going to listen to the men and women who elected us,” the Texas GOP presidential candidate said on Sean Hannity’s radio program. The issue...
  • Ted Cruz on the Sean Hannity Show (10/2/15- 12 min)

    10/02/2015 3:26:47 PM PDT · by VinL · 17 replies
    YouTube ^ | 10/2/15 | Hannity
    Ted Cruz on the Sean Hannity Show
  • Rep. Jim Lyons to Serve as Massachusetts Chairman for Cruz For President

    10/02/2015 11:42:59 AM PDT · by Isara · 2 replies ^ | 10/02/15
    One of Massachusetts’s strongest conservative voices to lead Cruz Massachusetts CampaignHOUSTON, Texas – Presidential candidate, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today announced State Rep. Jim Lyons, 18th Essex District, chairman of the Cruz campaign in Massachusetts. Rep. Lyons and his wife, Bernadette, hosted Cruz at their home in Andover this past May, which drew a crowd of 600 who came to hear Sen. Cruz’s optimistic vision for the future of our nation.“I had the honor of meeting Ted and Heidi in May and I can tell you, Sen. Cruz is the strong conservative leader our country needs,” Rep. Lyons said....
  • Ted Cruz slams president for 'politicizing' Oregon massacre

    10/02/2015 11:39:22 AM PDT · by VinL · 40 replies
    BostonHereald ^ | 10/2/15 | Chris Cassidy
    Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz blasted President Obama’s remarks in the wake of an Oregon community college massacre that mass shootings are “something we should politicize” after a campaign stop here today. “It seems there is no tragedy the president isn’t willing to politicize,” said Cruz. “He in many ways is following the dictum of his former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel who said, ‘You never want to waste a good crisis.’ Literally as this madman, almost within minutes of ending his murderous spree, the president seized upon it to advance his partisan political agenda. That’s just wrong." Cruz called...
  • Last Men Standing: When Trump, Carson & Fiorina fade, Cruz and Rubio might be the GOP's finalists.

    10/02/2015 11:32:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | October 2, 2015 | Robert Schlesinger
    It's possible, just possible, that the final battle to become the 2016 GOP standard-bearer will come down to a pair of first-generation Cuban-American, first-term senators. Yes, I'm talking about the same Republican Party that has proven so incompetent in reaching out to Hispanic voters that it followed up its 2012 post-mortem determination to get better at it by, arguably, getting worse. Not that a final showdown between Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida will necessarily help on that score, but more on that later. How does this scenario play out? It starts with the assumption that...
  • Bobby Jindal hits Ted Cruz for supporting Donald Trump

    10/02/2015 11:08:30 AM PDT · by VinL · 41 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/2/15 | Tal Kopan
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is trying to inject life into his campaign for president by hitting two birds with one tweet. The Republican, who is languishing near the bottom of the pack in polling, stepped up his attacks on front-runner Donald Trump on Friday -- and this time, he included Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in his line of fire. @TedCruz why won't you stand up to @RealDonaldTrump on single payer healthcare? That's not conservative leadership," Jindal tweeted, with a link to a post on his website. In the post, Jindal accuses Trump of supporting government-run health care for all, seizing...
  • Ted Cruz on Mark Levin Show now - Export Import Bank is back

    10/01/2015 5:30:39 PM PDT · by Isara · 28 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | October 1, 2015
    He'll be back after the ads.
  • Rush Limbaugh: Who is the most steadfastly opposed to liberalism? Ted Cruz

    10/01/2015 7:24:21 PM PDT · by Isara · 38 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | September 30, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    "Who among other candidates is most anti-liberal, is the most opposed to liberalism as part of his existence, policy and everything else? And there's one clear answer. Put your hand up if you know who it is. Ted Cruz. Ted Cruz is the answer to your question, Roberto. If you're looking for the Republican candidate who is the most steadfastly opposed to liberalism, whose agenda is oriented toward stopping it and thwarting it and defeating it, it is Ted Cruz." Listen to the audio.
  • Ted Cruz Versus The Establishment, Again

    10/01/2015 7:23:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 1, 2015 | Emily O'Neill, co-founder Envallo
    This week, Politico released on article suggesting that Ted Cruz has lost the trust of his peers, save for libertarian-leaning Mike Lee, who chimed in to his defense. The comments on the article, mostly from liberals who will never agree with a conservative philosophy anyway, resorted to ad hominin attacks. Criticism from the left is to be expected; however, the concerning part of this story is that conservatives and libertarians are voicing their opposition to Cruz fighting the status quo. The irony? Both camps claim to share the belief that Washington is dysfunctional, and many public opinion polls show that...
  • Ted Cruz seeks to harness new weapon in 2016 money race: Small-dollar bundlers

    10/01/2015 7:12:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Washington Post's PostPolitics ^ | October 1, 2015 | Matea Gold
    Bundling campaign donations is no longer just for the well-heeled and well-connected. Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign is launching a social crowd-funding platform this week that encourages small donors to set up mini-fundraising operations by dangling video game-style badges and “secret events” as rewards. Dubbed CruzCrowd, the web-based system is effectively a mash-up of the two main drivers of political fundraising: small online giving and the bundling of large contributions. Supporters who sign up to be part of “the militia” will begin earning American Revolution-themed badges as they recruit new “patriots.” There is no minimum donation to participate. "The idea...
  • Sen. Cruz: The EPA’s New Ozone Standard Hurts American Families and the Economy

    10/01/2015 4:58:04 PM PDT · by Isara · 12 replies ^ | October 1, 2015
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today released the following statement upon the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement of a stricter standard for ozone levels, lowering the acceptable standard from 75 parts per billion to 70 parts per billion: “The EPA’s new ozone standard is the latest in a multitude of back-breaking regulations the Obama Administration is intent on implementing, despite the great harm these regulations will inflict on American consumers, workers, and companies — all for little effect on our nation’s air quality.  “In Texas, we’re blessed to lead the nation in energy production, but this also means...
  • The McConnell Meltdown

    10/01/2015 4:32:54 PM PDT · by VinL · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/1/15 | David Bossie
    During the primary season of 2012, Senator Sen. Mitch McConnell was expecting millions in establishment cash to propel Texas’ Lt. Governor David Dewhurst to the United States Senate. Dewhurst, in McConnell’s mind, would be another political asset for him, in his decades-long dream to become Senate Majority Leader. Dewhurst looked and acted the part. McConnell envisioned Dewhurst would become part of the establishment in the U.S. Senate and most importantly, someone who would never stand up to McConnell or confront the failed status quo. But on July 31, 2012, conservative grassroots voters in Texas had a different idea. Those Texans...
  • Iowa State Senator and Former Walker Supporter Randy Feenstra Endorses Ted Cruz for President

    10/01/2015 10:28:38 AM PDT · by Isara · 7 replies ^ | 09/30/15
    HOUSTON, Texas – Presidential candidate Ted Cruz today announced the endorsement of former Scott Walker supporter, Iowa State Senator Randy Feenstra. The endorsement follows Cruz’s earlier announcement that all three of Walker’s former grassroots co-chairs in Georgia are also now organizing for the Cruz campaign.“It is an honor to earn Randy’s support and I look forward to working with him as we compete to win Iowa and the entire GOP primary,” Sen. Cruz said. “I am very proud of the network of courageous conservatives we’ve built across Iowa. Their hard work will be crucial to restore jobs, growth and security...
  • Cruz strategy paying off?

    10/01/2015 9:48:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News ^ | October 1, 2015 | Peggy Fikac
    AUSTIN - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s friendly approach to mogul Donald Trump might be paying off in Texas. A poll released Thursday by the nonpartisan, nonprofit Texas Lyceum showed that Trump leads the Republican field in Texas, but Cruz is close behind and is the second choice for more than a third of Trump’s supporters. Cruz could be expected to have a strong swath of support among Republicans in his home state. But his strategy with regard to Trump may have kept Cruz from alienating a bigger share of businessman’s backers. Trump, as he has led in polls, has been...
  • Campaigns scramble to lock up Scott Walker’s financial backers

    10/01/2015 8:53:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Washington Post's PostPolitics ^ | October 1, 2015 | Matea Gold
    In the wake of Scott Walker's exit from the 2016 race last week, Chart Westcott — a major donor and fundraiser for the Wisconsin governor — heard personally from four GOP presidential candidates. He spoke to the finance chairs for nearly every campaign and super PAC. And he got lobbied by local supporters of the various candidates. "It was intense," said Westcott, a Dallas-based biotech investor who bundled money for Walker and gave $200,000 to a super PAC supporting him. In the end, he decided to go with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. "I wanted somebody who would completely shake...
  • Cruz for president? (Poll to FReep)

    10/01/2015 8:35:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Centerville Daily Iowegian ^ | Michael Schaffer, Managing Editor
    The Daily Iowegian will publish an editorial Question of the Week on the Opinion page. The Iowegian wants you to think about the field of Republican candidates running for United States president. Last week the Iowegian asked you about Carly Fiorina. This week the focus is on Ted Cruz. So, the question of the week is, “Does Ted Cruz have what it takes to be president of the United States?” Go to the Daily Iowegian website,, and scroll down the home page to POLL on the left hand side and cast your vote. Or call the Iowegian office at...
  • What Ted Cruz Really Stands For (Hit Piece-McCain)

    10/01/2015 7:17:38 AM PDT · by VinL · 43 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 10/1/15 | Mark Salter-(McCain)
    Although I find Sen. Ted Cruz’s “lonely man of principle” act as tired as it is phony, I should give the devil his due. Cruz has given Americans exasperated with Washington gridlock hope that Congress can, when sufficiently motivated, find consensus and act. In this instance, the consensus is that Ted Cruz is a jackass. The bipartisan action taken was to deny him a vote on the Senate floor, and the additional speaking time he desired for another unctuous tribute to himself, courtesies that are routinely granted all senators. But hey, it’s hard to get Democrats and Republicans to agree...
  • Cruz Well-Positioned for the Long Haul

    09/30/2015 9:31:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Townhall ^ | October 1, 2015 | Matt Mackowiak, Republican consultant, and former Capitol Hill and Bush administration aide
    With the Summer of Trump behind us, the GOP presidential primary race is beginning to take shape. The sharp decline and hasty exit of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leaves only four truly competitive candidates for the Iowa Caucuses on Feb. 1: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Donald Trump, Ben Carson and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Cruz has the strongest ground game of that group and is the best-funded. Carson is better organized than most realize, but has an unproven team and is an unproven candidate. I agree with many experts who believe we now have seen Trump's peak in polling,...
  • UPDATED: Davis endorses Clinton, blasts Cruz as “not fit to lead” (Abortion Barbie)

    09/30/2015 8:04:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Trail Blazers Blog ^ | September 30, 2015 | Robert T. Garrett
    Update at 6:33 p.m.: Former Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis touted Hillary Clinton’s experience and grit, while castigating Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as “not fit to lead” during a coffee klatsch for Clinton in Austin Wednesday evening. Speaking to about 40 people, Davis endorsed the former secretary of state’s presidential bid. “Hillary has demonstrated for many years her exemplary ability to lead in the face of real challenges,” she said. “We need someone like that.” Davis said that as the nation’s first female president, Clinton would “hopefully knit this Congress back together” and promote an agenda of “things that...
  • Mark Levin blasts McConnell over treatment of Ted Cruz; ALSO calls out Rand Paul

    09/30/2015 7:55:58 PM PDT · by VinL · 28 replies
    Right Scoop | 9/30/15 | Staff
    Mark Levin blasted McConnell tonight article came out in Politico that explained how McConnell has worked against and ‘quarantined’ Ted Cruz from the rest of the Senate, stifling him from trying to defund Planned Parenthood and kill the Iran deal. Levin also ripped Rand Paul for trashing Ted Cruz yesterday, telling Paul he’s had enough of him making deals with McConnell. Listen:
  • Compete Transcript: RURAL TOWN HALL with Senator Ted Cruz

    09/30/2015 5:59:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    RFD TV ^ | September 30, 2015 | Mark Oppold
    The following is a complete transcript of Senator Ted Cruz's appearance on RFD-TV's RURAL TOWN HALL hosted by Mark Oppold. Announcer: RFD-TV News and Mediacom bring you Rural Town Hall, a conversation with the presidential candidates on issues important to rural Americans with the declared candidates for President of the United States. Our guest, Ted Cruz, Republican and U.S. Senator from Texas. Mark Oppold: And from the beautiful Stine Family Barn in West Des Moines, Iowa, welcome to this Rural Town Hall meeting produced by RFD-TV News and Mediacom. I’m Mark Oppold, and for the next hour we’ll be spending...
  • Iowa State Senator Randy Feenstra Endorses Ted Cruz

    09/30/2015 5:21:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | September 30, 2015
    Presidential candidate U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today announced the endorsement of former Scott Walker supporter, Iowa State Senator Randy Feenstra (R-Hull). The endorsement follows Cruz’s earlier announcement that all three of Walker’s former grassroots co-chairs in Georgia are also now organizing for the Cruz campaign. “It is an honor to earn Randy’s support and I look forward to working with him as we compete to win Iowa and the entire GOP primary,” Sen. Cruz said. “I am very proud of the network of courageous conservatives we’ve built across Iowa. Their hard work will be crucial to restore jobs, growth...
  • Ted Cruz announces endorsements for his 2016 White House bid from 41 Texas state lawmakers

    09/30/2015 4:47:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | September 30, 2015
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Home-state presidential hopeful and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz says he's secured endorsements from 36 Republican Texas state representatives and five state senators. Cruz announced Wednesday that those backers joined fellow Republicans and U.S. Reps. Randy Weber, Louie Gohmert, Michael Burgess, John Culberson, John Ratcliffe and Brian Babin in formally endorsing his 2016 White House bid. Tea party-backed Cruz has angered members of the Republican establishment in Washington, but remains popular with grassroots activists and top conservatives back home...
  • VIDEO: Ted Cruz’ Tour De Force On The Senate Floor

    09/30/2015 4:38:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | September 29, 2015 | Scott McKay, publisher
    There will be people who watch this and decide that Cruz is their man for the GOP nomination in 2016, and in this hour-long speech he gives them all the ammunition they need to defend their choice. You will not find a more complete exposition of the current situation in Washington, a more thorough takedown of the Republican leadership and the political ruling class he calls the Washington Cartel than what Cruz offers here. It is a speech straight out of Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, and he holds nothing back. Cruz uses the failure of the GOP leadership to...
  • If the Libertarian Party Doesn’t Get Christians, Ted Cruz Will

    09/30/2015 3:33:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Libertarian Republic ^ | September 30, 2015 | R. Brownell
    The Libertarian Party conducted a poll a few months back in order to better understand the religious demographic of party members. A result which surely shocked many was the stereotype-shattering data the Libertarian Party got back. Of the 19,428 votes caste, around 50% of those who participated came back as Christian. ArenÂ’t libertarians just a bunch of atheist? Well, only 42% of Libertarian voters identified as Atheists. This is incredibly exciting! This is an opportunity to not only expand the message of limited government, free markets, and individual liberty, but on a personal level, to expand the Gospel of Christ...
  • Who Is the Candidate Most Opposed to Liberalism? (Rush Limbaugh)

    09/30/2015 3:19:01 PM PDT · by VinL · 170 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 9/30/15 | Rush Limbaugh
    CALLER:...Out of all the conservative candidates that we have, which do you think -- and I'm deliberately choosing my words this way. Which do you think is the most hostile and intolerant toward liberalism? RUSH: Well, can I rephrase that? Because those words "hostile" and "intolerant" do not describe the person that I would answer that question about. I know what you mean. You really want to know who among other candidates is most anti-liberal, is the most opposed to liberalism as part of his existence, policy and everything else? And there's one clear answer. Put your hand up if...
  • What No One Seems To Know About Ted Cruz’s Past

    09/30/2015 2:20:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 30, 2015 | Asheesh Agarwal and John Delacourt
    Cruz was once a director at the Federal Trade Commission. He had a remarkable record of convincing Democrats to vote for conservative principles.In his first significant leadership role — as president of the Screen Actors Guild — Ronald Reagan fought communist influence in Hollywood and prevailed in a tough contract negotiation. In his first command — as a captain during the Black Hawk War — Abraham Lincoln overruled his men to prevent the execution of a suspected Potawotami spy. To win his first congressional race, Richard Nixon disingenuously linked his opponent to communist sympathizers, the start of a pattern that...
  • The fundamental reason why Cruz is the best choice

    09/30/2015 1:31:38 PM PDT · by Peter ODonnell · 48 replies
    self-published | Sept 30, 2015 | Peter O'Donnell
    What is the fundamental reason to select Senator Ted Cruz over a field of other candidates for the Republican presidential candidate? The answer lies in the constitution -- not in some part of the document, but in the IMPORTANCE of the document. Senator Cruz has established that he understands this fundamental fact, and relies on it more than any other candidate. And he has the experience and educational background to make that understanding more effectual. Why is the Constitution so particularly important in this presidential election? Was it not always equally important? It is more important because America, like many...
  • Ted Cruz is toast: It’s not just that he won’t be president—his days in Senate are numbered, too

    09/30/2015 1:06:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    Salon ^ | September 30, 2015 | Sean Illing
    Rand Paul is right: Cruz's career in the Senate is "done for." Once he leaves, he can become a full-time grafter.I’m not sure when it started, but at some point the Republican Party ceded the business of governance to the Democrats. Maybe it began with the Tea Party movement or Fox News or the larger conservative media-industrial complex – I honestly don’t know. But it’s clear now that the GOP is no longer a legitimate governing party. A party that allows rank neophytes like Herman Cain and Donald Trump and Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina to run for the highest...
  • Sen. Cruz Urges Republicans to Stand Together and Fight for the American People

    09/30/2015 11:01:25 AM PDT · by Isara · 8 replies ^ | September 30, 2015
    Implores Republican leadership to honor their commitments to defund Planned Parenthood and Obama’s Iran nuclear deal WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today released the following statement upon the Senate’s passage of a short-term continuing resolution maintaining the use of taxpayer dollars to fund Planned Parenthood and the President’s disastrous nuclear deal with Iran:“Today was a win for the Washington Cartel, and another setback for the American people.  Republican leadership chose to abandon its constitutional power of the purse and to fund 100 percent of President Obama’s failed agenda.  This was a mistake, and it’s why people are...
  • Join Ted Cruz In New Hampshire! (Oct 2 & 3 - Nashua, Salem, Hooksett, Laconia, Wolfeboro)

    09/30/2015 10:49:14 AM PDT · by Isara · 5 replies
    Join Ted Cruz In New Hampshire! Friday, October 2, 2015 Rediscovering God in America Renewal Project 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM (EDT) The Radisson Hotel Nashua 11 Tara Boulevard Nashua, NH 03062RSVP Smoke A Cigar With Senator Ted Cruz 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT) The Home of Linda & Steven Goddu 5 Candlestick Lane Salem, NH 03894RSVP Saturday, October 3, 2015 Practical Federalism 2016: Stand and Fight 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT) Southern New Hampshire University 2500 N. River Road Dining Center Banquet Hall Hooksett, New Hampshire 03106RSVP Meet & Greet with Senator Ted Cruz 2:15 PM to...
  • Liberty Leaders Coalesce Around Ted Cruz for President

    09/30/2015 8:30:04 AM PDT · by Isara · 4 replies ^ | 09/30/15
    Cruz campaign announces 17 members of Liberty Leaders for Cruz CoalitionHOUSTON, Texas – Presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today announced 17 members of his Liberty Leaders for Cruz coalition from New Hampshire and South Carolina, joining chairman Bob Barr and eight previously announced Iowa Liberty leaders.Members listed below, all of whom have joined Cruz for President leadership teams in their respective states.New HampshireRep. Rick Christie, Goffstown Rep. Christie is known as a strong Liberty leader in the State House.Barbara and Rep. Guy Comtois, Center Barnstead The Comtois’ are former Ron Paul supporters. Rep. Comtois is a strong liberty...