Ted Cruz says he’s the ‘proven conservative’ in 2016 GOP field

Ted Cruz addresses  Georgia Republicans in Athens, May 2015. (AJC Photo / Hyosub Shin)

Ted Cruz addresses Georgia Republicans in Athens on Friday. (AJC Photo / Hyosub Shin)

The third Republican presidential aspirant to address the Georgia GOP crowd at its convention was Sen. Ted Cruz. (See my previous write-ups on Chris Christie and Marco Rubio.) While one could hardly mistake Cruz for anything other than a Texan, right down to the cowboy boots he wore with his suit, and he described Georgians as having a lot in common with the people of the Lone Star State, Cruz channeled Missouri’s Show Me State mentality in explaining how he would stand out from other primary candidates who have similar messages.

“Everyone’s going to say they’re super-duper conservative,” he said in a Friday afternoon interview that served as a Reader’s Digest version of his speech to convention delegates that evening. “I think the Republican primary’s going to come down to one word, and that’s trust. Far too many of us have been burned by politicians who sound great on the campaign trail, and then they go to Washington and they don’t do what they say. And I think what’s going to be the central distinction in this race is primary voters are going to say don’t tell me, show me.

“If you say you oppose Obamacare, show me where you’ve stood up and fought to stop it. If you say you oppose President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty, show me where you’ve stood up and fought to stop it. If you say you oppose the debt ceiling that’s bankrupting our kids and grandkids; if you say you support the First Amendment, free speech, religious liberty, or the Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms, or privacy, or the Tenth Amendment; if you say you oppose Common Core — show me where you’ve stood and fought for those principles. If you say you support life or marriage, if you say you support Israel, if you say you oppose Iran getting nuclear weapons, show me where you’ve stood and led the fight.”

Cruz, of course, has famously angered a lot of Beltway insiders with his various attempts to do those things, most notably the government shutdown of October 2013 as a new fiscal year and Obamacare’s open enrollment were to begin. At dinner, he joked, “The New York Times says Cruz cannot win because Washington elites despise him. I kind of thought that was the point of this whole (campaign).” In the interview beforehand, Cruz suggested those things he’s done to alienate Washington elites are the very things that endear him to the rest of the country.

“I think the reason we’re seeing such incredible enthusiasm is people are fed up with politicians who blow smoke, and they’re looking for someone who’s going to tell ’em the truth, and who will do what he says,” Cruz argued, adding: “The principles I’ve fought for in the Senate are live within your means, don’t bankrupt our kids and grandkids, follow the Constitution. It’s only in Washington, D.C., that those are considered extreme views; in most of America, that’s basic common sense.”

Cruz also invoked Ronald Reagan’s famous call for “bold colors, not pale pastels.”

“If we nominate another candidate in the mold of a Bob Dole or a John McCain or a Mitt Romney — all three of those are good, honorable, decent men, but what they did didn’t work,” he said. “And if we do it again, the same voters who stayed home in ’08 and ’12 will stay home in ’16, and Hillary Clinton’s the next president.”

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jezel
jezel

Why waste time talking about Cruz. Bush will win nomination.

lvg
lvg

This is  the Senator who compared his childish tantrum a/k/a  filibuster on the Senate floor as being equal to the Bataan Death March. What does that say about Rafael Cruz?

IReportYouWhine#1
IReportYouWhine#1

 “If you say you oppose Obamacare, show me where you’ve stood up and fought to stop it. If you say you oppose President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty, show me where you’ve stood up and fought to stop it.


Not trying to be too picky but he sounds like a lib. "I fought fer you." If so, then why is obamacare still hung around our necks? (people wonder why productivity is down) When do you think you'll start winning your "fight?"


Like Scott Walker has.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

I'm unable to "Like" MHSmith's comment (page positioning) but I do.  

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

I like the fact that he riles the Washington elites, GOP and dems alike.

He's one man among many. He sounds as if he's gonna accomplish what he says in spite of both houses. If that's his plan, he'd likely be another Obama...a one-man wrecking ball.

He oughta stay in the Senate and give 'em hell. Be a burr under their saddle so to speak. 

Dusty2
Dusty2

MarkV cannot figure how we could do worse than having Cruz as president. 


Well, I certainly can. Electing President Obama for a THIRD TERM would be catastrophic  and revolutionary for the USA.  In no time  all southern barriers to Mexico would be removed and America would become Mexam.   Canada would be paid to manage the disarray of our Healthcare.  The White House and Capitol would be in Hawaii. Taxes would soar! Present history has made all this believable.


Fortunately, we have Republicans who still care about our country..  They would never support such a catastrophe.  Overwhelmed Americans  will elect a thinking all-American president who can remember the core values of our country even in the morass of our prevailing liberal leadership.    

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Dusty2  MarkV cannot figure how we could do worse than having Cruz as president


I cant either frankly. 

lvg
lvg

Ronald Reagan's "bold colors" included  cutting and running after the worst terrorist attack on US Marines in Beirut; with 247 killed, negotiating with the Iranians, illegally supplying Iran with weapons and condemning Israel for destroying Sadaam's nuclear reactor and honoring German SS with a wreath laying at Bittburg. Yeah real bold colors!

But the Gipper did invade Grenada with his 600 ship Navy and rescue some US mediocal students who were threatened by Cuban laborers building an airport on the island. He also passed Reagancare giving everyone including illegals the right to unlimited emergency room care until "stabilized".

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

"Far too many of us have been burned by politicians who sound great on the campaign trail, and then they go to Washington and they don’t do what they say."


Oh, I've learned.  Even politicians and candidates of today.  I take it all with a huge grain of salt.   It's better to see their actions instead of their words. 


"If we nominate another candidate in the mold of a Bob Dole or a John McCain or a Mitt Romney — all three of those are good, honorable, decent men, but what they did didn’t work,"


But they were still the best the Republicans had for each of those elections.  Anyone else would have been more soundly defeated.  Republicans NEED moderation and cooperation with Democrats.  Instead, we get the same hyper-partisan rhetoric that hurts the country. 

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@LogicalDude But they were still the best the Republicans had for each of those elections.  Anyone else would have been more soundly defeated.


Very true. The thing they see as a problem ( nominating the least clowniest in the clown car ) actually has helped them stay in the conversation. 


Go far right and think the country is center right and see how badly you get beaten.


Not only do the Dems have a blue wall waiting but now this 


http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/05/the-gop-is-dying-off-literally-118035.html#.VVlhSflVhBc




Cant be good news for Fox either 

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@HeadleyLamar @LogicalDude Headley loves happy talk about the demise of the Republicans.  He was the one who said Netanyahu was "going down big time" and he won " big time" as did the Conservative Cameron in Britain.  The conservatives in the world are on a roll.

ALibNotToBeMessedW/
ALibNotToBeMessedW/

Cruz is by far the ickiest, slimiest, snakiest, lyingest, swiniest, most hypocritical pol on any side of the spectrum in a long long time. Plus he is Canadian. We cannot do worse than him.

TBS
TBS

Cruz is a long shot to say the least.  I'm guessing he will be no higher than 3rd but maybe as low as 5th or 6th when reality hits him and he bails on his bid to be POTUS.  

Caius
Caius

Here is another guy who talks about the Constitution but takes a knife and starts cutting it.  Being born in Canada takes Cruz out of the presidential business.


What do some of you not understand about the phrase "...a natural born Citizen,...". ?


Caius
Caius

@Kyle_Wingfield @Caius I have read Maskell's study.  And I have read dozens more both pro and con. Law school blogs are full of them. The basic problem is that the Court has not ruled, and probably never will.


I believe the original intent was to keep a "foreign born" out of the presidency.  Say a Citizen Genet with money type foreigner. And like our friend Mr. Justice Scalia we, or at least I, will go with original intent.





Kyle_Wingfield
Kyle_Wingfield moderator

@lvg That's the point: There is no "naturalization form." Those are reserved for those who don't acquire citizenship at birth. 

Kyle_Wingfield
Kyle_Wingfield moderator

@Caius There is no dispute as to whether Cruz acquired citizenship at birth, only as to whether that is sufficient to consider him "natural born." I find the historical evidence that points to "yes" as persuasive -- not to mention the cases of George Romney and John McCain seem to have settled the matter.

Juanx
Juanx

And Rafael Ted Cruz said, "and Hillary Clinton’s the next president.” Amen! 

TalkingCommonSense
TalkingCommonSense

Here's what Ted Cruz has shown me in his short time in office:


1.) He'll rant against a bill for more than 20 hours and then vote FOR the bill he ranted against once it's put to a vote.


2.) He'd rather shutdown the government and put all of our lives at risks to terrorist attacks than fund Homeland Security.


3.) He'll rail against Obamacare and its subsidies but then signs up for it, rather than go through the private sector (an option available to him) because he gets a subsidy and it's cheaper.


Then he says the main issue is trust? He couldn't possible say this with a straight face, could he?

MarkVV
MarkVV

I am sure the US could do worse than having Ted Cruz as President, but I cannot figure out how.

GMFA
GMFA

Cruz has no chance in Hell of ever being President of the US.

MANGLER
MANGLER

Not one birther has bothered to mention that this guy was born Canadian to a Mexican father.  He can't hold office of POTUS

Kyle_Wingfield
Kyle_Wingfield moderator

@lvg A child born to American parents (1 or 2) acquires citizenship at birth.

Kyle_Wingfield
Kyle_Wingfield moderator

@MANGLER If you haven't heard that, maybe it's because your facts are wrong. He was born in Canada to a Cuban father and American mother.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Kyle_Wingfield @MANGLER His point is a good one though


Funny how it isn't an issue with Cruz but WAS with Obama.


Personally Id like to see his birth certificate. The long form one. ( Joking )

Dusty2
Dusty2

Well, Cruz certainly "walks the walk and talks the talk".  Sounds good and strong.  I'm not quite sure such absolute terms are exactly what we need these days.  A little diplomacy never hurt.


The Texas mentality has won us many wars.  Whether the current USA  sleeping sickness  of bad decisions is strong enough for such a great awakening is debatable.  Perhaps strength without bravado might fare better.  

MHSmith
MHSmith

Lindsey Graham is set to announce he is joining in the race. However, Cruz is Libertarian not Conservative and Graham is Prog/liberal Republican. 


Shutting down our government not only is just plain dumb, it shows how little ability Cruz has to lead our country. We've had our fill of quitters and spoiled immature children who can't measure up to the task. 


I want someone that understands the principle of "Bending without Breaking". Reaching for compromise, rather than pushing to collapse everything.