From Fox News.
Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, ticking off a litany of President Obama policies he opposes, promised Monday to return to a government by Constitution and “stand for liberty” as he officially announced his 2016 presidential bid.
Cruz, speaking to an energetic crowd of students at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., drew from his background to address his faith and what he sees for the future of the country.
As the first major presidential candidate to officially declare, he told the crowd to “imagine a president that finally, finally, finally secures the borders” and drew applause when he promised to “stand up and defeat radical Islamic terrorism.”
Cruz continued his pledge by telling the crowd to “imagine a president who says I will honor the Constitution and under no circumstances will Iran be allowed to acquire a nuclear weapon.”
He also urged the crowd to imagine a simple flat tax. He added, “imagine abolishing the IRS.”
Cruz spoke on the fifth anniversary of Obama’s health care law — legislation that prompted Cruz to stand for more than 21 hours in the Senate to denounce it in a marathon speech that delighted his Tea Party constituency and other foes of the law. Cheers rose in the hall when Cruz reminded the crowd Monday that Liberty University filed a suit against the law right after its enactment.
Cruz also will speak exclusively to Fox News’ Sean Hannity Monday night about his campaign.
Cruz, a divisive figure in his own party, is not expected to be the sole GOP contender for long.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and two Senate colleagues, Kentucky’s Rand Paul and Florida’s Marco Rubio, are eyeing campaign launches soon.
For his announcement, Cruz bypassed Texas, which he represents in the Senate, as well as early nominating states such as New Hampshire, where Mitt Romney kicked off his own campaign for the GOP nomination in 2012, and Iowa.
By getting in early — and at Liberty — Cruz was hoping to claim ownership of the influential and highly vocal corner of the Republican Party for whom cultural issues are supreme. It was a move at crowding out figures such as former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a former Baptist pastor, and former Sen. Rick Santorum, who has made his Catholic faith a cornerstone of his political identity.
And the DemProgs are terrified out of their minds.
‘Shiver me timbers’!:
In what was clearly meant to be an attack on Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign, announced shortly after midnight, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) may have accidentally admitted that it’s worried about a Cruz GOP presidential campaign—noting in an email to supporters that his announcement “sent shivers down” their spines.
“If you’re like us, just reading that phrase probably sent shivers down your spine or produced a pretty serious roll of the eyes,” the DNC said in what it calls a “Factivist” email to supporters early on Monday. “But as of this moment, Texas Senator Ted Cruz is officially running for president, and if we don’t do everything in our power to stop him, the possibility of President Ted Cruz could become a reality.”
I will do everything in my power as a milblogger, voter, and political donor to see that Ted Cruz’ quest for president becomes a reality.
Here come the DemProg birthers:
In a fundraising email sent out Monday, the bombastic, bombthrowing Florida Democrat Alan Grayson included a transcript of remarks from an interview with MSNBC where he claimed that Ted Cruz was ineligible to be president. Grayson said “since Ted Cruz is a Canadian, and our Constitution requires tha[t] an American win, I’m pretty sure that it’s not going to be Ted Cruz.” Cruz, a 2016 presidential hopeful, was born in Canada but his mother was an American citizen and the Texas senator became a citizen of the United States at birth.
BTW: Grayson is a certified nutjob.
Ted Cruz is eminently qualified and is perhaps the only true Republican/Tea Party candidate in the GOP.
He also seems to be the only Republican left with guts.
I’m glad to see him run and I hope he succeeds. If he gets the nomination, whom will he select as a running mate?
Dr. Ben Carson
The above examples are (currently) among the best the GOP has to offer. Their dedication, loyalty, patriotism, and respect for America and the Constitution is equal to their ability to lead, make good decisions, and fulfill the duties of the office of a public servant. Any one of them will do what is best for America and stop the socialist Frankenstein unleashed by Obama dead in its tracks.
Unfortunately, there are also some conservatives who have jumped into the fray with negative comments:
(Charles) Krauthammer on Monday took a shot at Cruz while on Fox News, claiming that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is a better choice because he has more of a record than the first-term senator.
“His appeal is that, ‘I’m a Constitutional conservative, I’m the guy with the liquid tongue, I can make the case,’ and he does,” Krauthammer said of Cruz.
Hell, Obama was a Senator for only 144 days and voted ‘present’ much of the time. He was never vetted properly and ended up destroying this country for the last 7 years.
Peter King (R-NY) weighed in with some shitty comments:
New York Rep. Peter King hammered Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday, calling the fellow Republican a big-mouthed “carnival barker” who has no business running for president.
“We have very, very complex issues facing the country today, and he goes out of his way to oversimplify,” Mr. King told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in an interview on “The Situation Room.”
“For instance, to say that we could end Obamacare, in effect, by not funding and shutting down the government is absolutely wrong. That’s the wrong signal to send,” the Republican continued. “We need intelligent debate in this country. Ted Cruz may be an intelligent person, but he doesn’t carry out an intelligent debate. He oversimplifies, he exaggerates, and he basically led the Republican Party over the cliff in the fall of 2013. He’s shown no qualifications, no legislation being passed, he doesn’t provide leadership and he has no real experience. So to me, he’s a guy with a big mouth and no results.”
……Mr. King, a senior member of both the Homeland Security and Intelligence committees, has said he’s mulling a potential 2016 bid because he believes the GOP needs someone with a strong national security agenda, CNN reported.
Hey Pete, what the fuck have you done to stop Obama’s bullshit?
If you have presidential aspirations and want the support of grassroots Tea Party/Republicans, trashing the only Republican with any guts isn’t going to get you any votes.
That’s what scares some of the GOP’s denizens; that Ted Cruz’s dynamic approach and straightforward goals are too much for lily-livered RINOs.
I have yet to see any concerted effort on the part of the GOP to unite and override Obama’s unlawful, unconstitutional actions. When that happens, I might give a shit about Pete’s pontifications.