DES MOINES — Senator Ted Cruz calls his colleague Rand Paul a “good friend.” The two men are the stars of the Tea Party movement, propelled to Washington by activist fervor and allied in their effort to restrain the reach of the federal government. But when Mr. Cruz went to New York City to meet with donors this summer, he privately offered a different view of Mr. Paul: The Kentucky senator can never be elected president, he told them, because he can never fully detach himself from the strident libertarianism of his father, former Representative Ron Paul of Texas. Word of Mr.
If the choice is between these two men, Senator Paul is the clear winner. I am hopeful that we will look at all of the talent available including Governor Mike Pence and others. Then, we can make a solid, popular choice. I continue to believe that governor Susana Martinez should be on the list, even as a Veep nominee, as Governors bring executive experience to the Presidency. Governor Martinez has been successful, is very popular, and has the sort of winning personality that made her a successful prosecutor and advocate for victims.
Rand Paul calling Cruz and conservatives "Wacko Birds" while he quietly reaches out to the establishment Republicans. Well, Rand, if anyone reads this and believes it (and I am tempted to take some of it at face value) your cover has been blown.
The more I read about Ted Cruz the more I really like him.
I don´t need the NYT to tell me that Paul´s libertarianism is problematic, because it is quite apparent to me as I have observed him over the past year. Some things he has said I have agreed with, but his ideology is too strident to be palatable to the majority of voters.
Cruz has his finger on the pulse of the average American voter and I believe he could pull many of those blue dog Democrats that voted for Reagan.
Paul Ryan is nothing but a young John McCain, this is a quote of his from another article: "Instead, we need to find out where our principles overlap. We won´t solve all our problems … so let´s focus on achievable goals. Let´s find common ground."
Between this and working on an amnesty bill I would say he is disqualified as a viable Conservative candidate. But I´m sure the Establishment Republicans would love to run him against the Butcher of Benghazi.
Agree with 3 and 7. This is the Times stirring up trouble and Pence/Martinez would be outstanding. They´re both solid conservatives with excellent communication skills. We´d have hispanics, women and young voters actually listening to our ideas.
There´s going to have to be a bridge candidate who can win the establishment and tea party vote and I´m not sure who that is right now except Gov.Walker.The left are allowed to be activists to impose different forms of socialism on us but a conservative has no right to be an activist and that´s why Cruz and Paul are rejected by the establishment. Cruz and Paul are bitter rivals because they´re both eyeballing 2016.Paul did little or nothing to help Cruz during the shut down I doubt Cruz will back Paul´s effort to audit the fed.
The future is Cruz. I appreciate what Rand Paul is doing and think he is a good for the debate but I agree with Cruz. I don´t like Paul´s foreign policy.
And off topic a bit, did anyone see D´Amato last night on Hannity? He tried to take cheap shots at Cruz BUT he obviously had not listened to Ted´s 21 hour speech. It was comical....and SO 20th century. Hannity set him straight.
I mean really establishment republicans, do you think we are going to buy your old, tired LOSING memes? Break some china, Ted! We are LOVIN´ your fresh ways!
Facts are facts. I agree with Rand Paul on many things, but the Kneepad Media will have a field day with the screwball things Ron Paul has said and is wont to say. I voted for Ted Cruz three times, in the primary, runoff and finally in the general election. He has my vote whenever he runs for anything. Rand Paul is less despised by the KM, which gives me pause as to his conviction about things that matter to me.
In an ideal world where the nation had not been so liberalized by the educational system and the media, Cruz would have a chance and could be a great president. Unfortunately, this is not the case, and Paul, with his more libertarian aura and his father´s voting base, is the only conservative-leaning possibility with a chance. I am not sure he has the greatest foreign policy judgment either, but in any case it´s not a bad time to try a more hands-off approach.
As was the case with Romney though - just because he has the best chance doesn´t mean he would win. The cards are stacked against us even now, but that could change.
A Palin/Cruz ticket - common sense, intelligent, Country, faith and family and genuine concern about the future of the USA. There was definitely a disappointed bunch from the Media/MSM/ Lefties when they could deduce Gov. Palin was true to her word, engaged in government to benefit the people of Alaska. And yes, she had More Executive experience than the other 3 combined during that 2008 campaign.
Cruz, the constitutionalist is terrific! We must not take our eyes off the ball here though, the RNC has been infiltrated with progressives..McCain, Graham, McConnell, Boehner etc. McConnell is furious that there are threats to primary him and he and Rove are cooking up schemes against the TEA party. Conservatives must fight a two-front war. Right now, what does the RNC stand for?? and for WHOM ?
Agree with #11, #18, and #19 and some of the other comments.
#11 says we need a bridge candidate who can unite the party and I agree with that. I like Scott Walker.
Palin is my top choice; I like Cruz too. We seriously need someone with the whole package. It seems we get the richest, next-in-line Republican pushed down our throats and that´s not good enough anymore. I doubt that Bush, McCain, Romney would be in the positions they´re in if it weren´t for their inherited money, privileges, and connections.
Bush won over Gore because during that tv debate when Gore puffed out his chest and strutted over to bump Bush and it looked like a two-year-old throwing a mini tantrum. Gore is plain weird. And Kerry is so incredibly out of touch with his surfing off Martha´s Vineyard & with the charisma of Lurch, there was no chance he´d get elected.
Romney and McCain have zero charisma plus their policy positions are all over the place and change with the wind. Nobody wanted them the first several times they ran.
And Jeb? Still no charisma. Whoever we get has to have intelligence, courage, a real, specific, positive vision, and at least a smidgeon of charisma. Even my favorite, Sarah, has not laid out a specific plan of action. She´s great at calling out the lies and corruption, but I´d like to see her get specific on what she would do, or hear what some of these other possible candidates would do.
In 2012 Romney had 500 paid workers on the ground while incumbent Obama had 3000 plus hundreds of thousands of volunteers per Boston Globe. Romney and the RNC consultants all knew this and let it be. They didn´t want to win. Romney´s son said very clearly his father never wanted to run, never wanted to win, despised the whole idea. For the RNC, it´s plenty fine just making millions off elections. Karl Rove lost 10 crucial Senate races in 2012 and still made millions. The RNC/GOP politically want the same things dems. want including the same permanent, dependent voters. If the GOP fired all its consultants today and opened new offices across the country they might have a chance, but this group won´t do that. It´s Ted Cruz or no one.
#3 is totally correct and makes an important statement that should probably be one of the early posts in all threads -- consider the source and don´t believe everything you read (if NYT, don´t believe anything you read).
That said, most people´s perception of Cruz, even among the conservatives, Tea Party, and republicans, is not based on empirical evidence but on what the media tells you Cruz is. He´s gotten a lot of face time in the media, but he´s still new and there´s much we don´t know about him.
Personally, I think Cruz´s history as a son of a Cuban immigrant (who knows all-too-well what leftists will do if given a chance) gives him exactly the perspective we need today; we are face-to-face with becoming a socialist hell-hole and intimate knowledge of what that means goes a long way. Sure Rubio is similar in that regard, but he slept with the enemy on amnesty and has disqualified himself.
On top of that, Cruz is fearless, consistent, super smart, super knowledgeable, and apparently unconcerned with what the establishment wants him to be. That´s all good enough for me!
I think that if Cruz gets as far as the debates in the Primary, it´s over.
Cruz and, and will, out debate anyone else. OK, maybe with the exception of Allen West.
Both have plenty of stamina, can think on their feet, can hold supporting material in their heads to be available when needed, and both are completely firm in their positions and their courtesy at all times.
I like Cruz/West for 2016, Palin for Interior, and Ben Carson where-ever he can get plenty of TV time.
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Those who wrote the PPACA legislation were much more brilliant than most conservatives have given them credit for. They have hidden a landmine in the way it all works that will ensure an eventual takeover of the entire health care industry by the government. Let me first clarify my professional interest. I have been a vendor of software and services to both insurance companies and providers, and therefore have a deep understanding of the health care industry and what the ACA will do to it. I do not work for any insurance companies or medical providers, nor do I own stock
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