Category: Ted Cruz

July 16th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) have announced they won’t support the Better Care Reconciliation Act, Senate Republicans’ plan to replace Obamacare. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), citing improvements in the latest draft of the bill and the inclusion of a modified version of the Cruz-Lee Consumer Protection Option, has indicated he will vote for the BCRA.

With most of the Senate having already made up its mind on the legislation, conservative Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) remains as one of the few who have yet to weigh in, posting on Twitter on Thursday he’s “withholding judgment” on the newest version of the legislation.

I am withholding judgment and look forward to reading it. 2/2

— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) July 13, 2017

If Lee chooses to join Paul, who has announced he can’t support this version of the legislation because it keeps too much of Obamacare in place, and Collins, who isn’t voting for the BCRA because she believes there are too many cuts to government funding, then the bill will effectively be dead, regardless of whether other Republicans stand.

On Thursday, when the latest draft of the BCRA was released, it appeared to many as though the addition of the modified Cruz-Lee amendment would be enough to sway both Cruz and Lee, but Lee quickly announced that he wasn’t nearly as sold as Cruz.

At issue is the modification made to the amendment, which the Senate leadership added to the bill at the last minute after Cruz reportedly approached them with a compromise. The original version of the amendment supported by Lee would have allowed health insurance companies to sell any policies they want so long as they offered at least one policy that complied with most Obamacare mandates, including the pre-existing conditions clause and community-rating requirement, which now forces insurers to sell people of the same age policies at the same price regardless of health status (with only a few exceptions).

Lee and Cruz believe this amendment would make health insurance significantly more affordable for many people without pre-existing conditions while still ensuring those with pre-existing conditions had at least one option to purchase health insurance.

The newest version of the amendment keeps that basic framework intact, but makes one important revision: Rather than allow insurers to put those purchasing Obamacare-compliant health insurance plans (these people will most likely have pre-existing conditions) and those purchasing every other type of plan, many of which would be cheaper than the Obamacare-compliant plans, in two different risk pools, all plans would have to be placed in the same risk pool.

What this means is that insurance prices across both plan types would have to be increased by the same percentage, if an insurer chooses to increase prices at all. While this might seem like a relatively minor issue; it’s not. If insurers are required to increase prices at the same rate, the cost of insuring people with pre-existing conditions will continue to be heavily subsidized by people in the market who have maintained continuous coverage, one of the key reasons health insurance prices have grown so dramatically in recent years. Health insurers would also be forced to apply two totally different models to the same risk pool, which some say would be incredibly difficult and costly to accomplish.

By forcing rates for newer, cheaper plans to increase at the same percentage as Obamacare-compliant plans, insurance companies’ risk would be spread out more evenly amongst consumers of every plan type, allowing people with pre-existing conditions to have access to more affordable plans. However, this model would also make it more likely insurance companies or their competitors would constantly create newer, cheaper plans to lure healthier patients away from their current plans as they become more expensive, creating instability in the system over the long run.

Lee has offered no hints as to what his future decision on the legislation will be, but one thing seems almost certain: The fate of the Better Care Reconciliation Act rests in his hands.

Posted in ACA, Mike Lee, Obamacare, Politics, Rand Paul, Susan Collins, Ted Cruz

July 3rd, 2017 by Staff Writer

A proposed amendment offered in June by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to the Senate leadership’s plan to replace the Affordable Care Act is gaining traction as a possible solution that could be enough to elicit the support of both Senate conservatives and moderates concerned about various provisions in the legislation.

Cruz’s amendment to the bill, titled the Better Care Reconciliation Act, would allow health insurers across the country to have significant flexibility in offering health insurance plans so long as they offer at least one plan that complies with the Obamacare mandates now in place, according to a report by Business Insider.

Under the ACA, health insurers providing plans in the health insurance exchange must provide coverage for a number of “essential health benefits” many conservatives say unnecessarily drive up the cost of health insurance. Insurers are also required to adhere to community-health-ratings standards, which effectively force insurers to charge those being insured the same amount of money regardless of health condition. CHR requirements, coupled with the ACA’s pre-existing conditions requirement, have significantly driven up the cost of health insurance, as health insurers have looked to offset the added costs associated with covering people with expensive pre-existing conditions with rising premiums and deductibles.

Cruz’s amendment would let insurers escape these mandates for most of their policies so long as they continue to offer a plan that still adheres to them. This would allow people with pre-existing conditions to continue purchasing insurance at a reduced price (relative to what they would otherwise have to pay), but it would also free up insurers to offer much-cheaper options for those people who are relatively healthy, especially younger people, who have been forced under Obamacare to pay increasingly higher health insurance prices.

The plan is being viewed by many as a potential win for virtually all wings of the Republican Party. Moderates might be willing to agree to the BCRA because they know sicker, costlier patients will still have access to Obamacare provisions. Conservatives could be comforted by the flexibility given to insurers in the bill, which should help make health insurance plans significantly cheaper for millions of Americans.

However, there is one gigantic catch to this seemingly win-win proposal: If insurers have to continue subsidizing patients with substantial health problems who haven’t been paying into the system and healthier consumers are given access to a wide array of cheaper health care options, who is going to cover the insurance companies’ added costs under such a model? According to Cruz, taxpayers.

Cruz explained to a writer at Vox.com, “If those with seriously [sic] illnesses are going to be subsidized, and there is widespread agreement in Congress that they are going to be subsidized, I think far better for that to happen from direct tax revenue rather than forcing a bunch of other people to pay much higher premiums.”

Cruz’s plan to subsidize health insurance companies’ losses with federal tax dollars is quite a step back from the conservative senator’s usual stance on the role of government, leading many conservatives to criticize the plan as an assurance of greater federal involvement in health care for years to come.

Conservative website HotAir.com said of Cruz’s plan, “Man, we’re a long way from the tea party’s salad days. … The point of Cruz’s amendment is to give people more options in coverage. But the right wing of the GOP embracing greater federal subsidies for the very sick does feel like a significant step ideologically towards single-payer eventually. Relatedly, if the feds are going to be picking up (much of) the tab for people with preexisting conditions, those ObamaCare taxes suddenly become much harder to get rid of.”

Left-wing critics of the proposed amendment to the bill — many of whom want to save Obamacare or expand it — say it won’t help America’s sickest patients, who will end up becoming the only group interested in purchasing the Obamacare-compliant insurance plans, forcing prices up for them while healthier people are able to purchase cheaper plans.

Lost in the debate is that under every version of the Senate’s bill, states would have the power to pay for additional programs of their own, including programs that could provide extensive subsidies to people with pre-existing conditions, an important reality that seldom gets discussed in Washington discussions about reforming health care.

Posted in Affordable Care Act, AHCA, American Healthcare Act, Health Care, Politics, Republican, Ted Cruz

May 5th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called Thursday for a special prosecutor to look into whether Hillary Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin broke the law when she forwarded emails to her now-divorced husband Anthony Weiner that contained classified material.

“If there was classified information and it was improperly passed to a person unauthorized to receive it, yes, naturally it’s a crime,” Blumenthal said on MSNBC. “Without knowing what the intentions were and so forth, there is potentially a prosecutable crime.”

When asked if she had committed a crime he answered, “It still may be, potentially. It’s not outside the statute of limitations, so far as I know. It’s one that the Department of Justice is going to have to decide. The question is: who will decide it? That’s why we need a special prosecutor to review all of this investigative material.”

FBI Director James Comey revealed during his testimony Wednesday that Abedin regularly forwarded emails from the Democratic presidential candidate to her husband out of convenience. “His then-spouse Huma Abedin appears to have a regular practice of forwarding emails to him for him, I think, to print out for her so she could then deliver them to the secretary of state,” he said.

When asked if either she or Weiner would be charged with misuse of classified information, Comey responded, “there was, we completed it.” “because with respect with Ms. Abedin in particular, we didn’t have any indication that she had any sense that what she was doing was in violation of the law. We couldn’t prove any intent.”

Republicans have cast doubt on this claim, especially Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) who questioned Comey on the unorthodox standard of law that he was using to exonerate Abedin and Weiner.

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Posted in Clinton Emails, hacked emails, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Emails, Huma Abedin, James Comey, Politics, Ted Cruz

April 28th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Appearing on the “The Jack Riccardi Show” on Thursday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz was asked by Host Jack Riccardi if breaking up the 9th Circuit Court would be a realistic venture, to which Cruz responded that it was indeed doable.

“I think there’s certainly a possibility,” said Cruz. “The 9th Circuit is the largest federal court of appeals. I think many of the Western states are weighted down by California.”

“California has a ton of very liberal, left-wing judges that they put on the 9th Circuit. I think a lot of the other Western states would love to be freed from that corrosive left-wing influence,” he added. “I think that’s a topic I can easily see the [Senate] Judiciary Committee taking up, and we’ll have to see whether we have to votes to do that or not.”

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump also tore into the 9th Circuit Court along the same line as Cruz, saying that “everybody immediately runs to the 9th Circuit” when they want to block an action by Trump because “they know that’s like, semi-automatic.”

Republicans have previously attempted to break up the 9th Circuit Court, including one bill by Arizona Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain.

“It represents 20 percent of the population — and 40 percent of the land mass is in that jurisdiction. It’s just too big,” said Flake during an interview about the bill.

Posted in 9th Circuit Court, Donald Trump, Politics, Ted Cruz

March 21st, 2017 by Staff Writer

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) recounted Monday some of the policies of previous presidents that could have been wielded against Democratic Supreme Court nominees to show the hypocrisy of the questions being asked of President Trump’s nominee, Judge Gorsuch. He did so while on the Senate Judiciary Committee for the confirmation hearing of the nominee.

“Some Democrats slandered Judge Gorsuch,” Cruz explained, “as being, ‘against the little guy,’ because he has dared to rule based on the law, the law that Congress has passed, and not on the specific identity of the specific litigants appearing before him. This is absurd.”

“Many of these same critics have spent the last eight years attacking the Little Sisters of the Poor,” Cruz continued, “a Catholic charity of nuns for having the audacity to live according to their deeply held religious beliefs.”

You really need to take a long look in the mirror if one day you find yourself attacking nuns, attacking the Little Sisters of the Poor, and the next day you find yourself orating on the need to protect the little guy.

“A judge’s job is not to protect the little guy or the big guy,” Cruz explained, “a judge swears an oath to uphold the constitution and to follow the law fairly and impartially for every litigant, little or big.”

“In the past weeks as well,” he continued, “some of my Democratic colleagues have questioned Judge Gorsuch’s independence, and suggested that he needs to answer questions about the actions and statements and even the tweets of the president who appointed him. I would ask, was Justice Ginsburg or Justice Breyer, asked about the sexual harassment that had been filed against president Clinton by Paula Jones. No, neither was asked about that lawsuit.”

Was Justice Kagan asked about President Obama’s incendiary comments at the State of the Union attacking the Supreme Court for a decision he disagree with? No of course not. Those questions were not asked because they were inappropriate political questions that have nothing to do with the record of the nominee before this committee.

Cruz had vowed that Democrats would not filibuster Gorsuch’s nomination previously. The media had also taken aim at the nomination with a “fake news” misleading report smearing him a fascist based on a joke made during his college days.

Posted in Donald Trump, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Politics, Supreme Court, Ted Cruz, Trump

March 12th, 2017 by Staff Writer

President Donald Trump announced on Twitter Saturday the current efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act are going smoothly.

“We are making great progress with healthcare. ObamaCare is imploding and will only get worse. Republicans coming together to get job done!” the president tweeted.

We are making great progress with healthcare. ObamaCare is imploding and will only get worse. Republicans coming together to get job done!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 11, 2017

The tweet came just two days after Trump delivered a similar message on Twitter, writing on March 9, “Despite what you hear in the press, healthcare is coming along great. We are talking to many groups and it will end in a beautiful picture!”

Despite what you hear in the press, healthcare is coming along great. We are talking to many groups and it will end in a beautiful picture!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 9, 2017

Trump’s confidence in Republicans’ current health care reform efforts seems to contradict the numerous reports that have surfaced over the past week suggesting many Republican congressmen and think tanks are staunchly opposed to the House GOP leadership’s proposed Obamacare replacement, the American Health Care Act.

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) called the bill “a stinking pile of garbage” and said he believes the “bill will fail.”

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said on Thursday on Twitter the “health-care bill can’t pass Senate w/o major changes. To my friends in House: pause, start over. Get it right, don’t get it fast.”

1. House health-care bill can’t pass Senate w/o major changes. To my friends in House: pause, start over. Get it right, don’t get it fast.

— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) March 9, 2017

Cotton later added, “What matters in long run is better, more affordable health care for Americans, NOT House leaders’ arbitrary legislative calendar.”

3. What matters in long run is better, more affordable health care for Americans, NOT House leaders’ arbitrary legislative calendar.

— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) March 9, 2017

In an interview with Fox News host Neil Cavuto, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said the AHCA is “Obamacare lite” and would incentivize young, healthy people to stay out of the private health insurance marketplace. Paul also told Cavuto he believes congressmen are “very, very divided” on how to replace the ACA.

The Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute, Tea Party Patriots, FreedomWorks, and Americans for Prosperity, among many other conservative groups, have also said they do not support the AHCA in its current form.

Trump’s claim about the alleged “great progress” being made on health care reform came just a few days after Trump hosted influential conservative Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) at the White House on Wednesday night. Reports issued by The Hill and Newsmax suggest Trump planned on soliciting Cruz’s help in promoting the AHCA to conservative members of the Senate.

Cruz has reportedly said he has “serious concerns about the House bill as drafted.”

The AHCA sailed through its first two obstacles on Thursday, gaining the approval of the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee along party-lines.

The legislation’s next hurdle will be the House Budget Committee. If it passes there, it will then be considered by the full Congress.

Posted in Donald Trump, FreedomWorks, Heritage Foundation, Obamacare, Obamacare Lite, Obamacare repeal, Politics, President Donald Trump, Rand Paul, Tea Party, Ted Cruz, Thomas Massie

February 16th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is set to lock horns with liberal icon Senator Liz Warren (D-Mass.) over an agency she invented and he criticizes as an “out-of-control bureaucracy.”

Cruz introduced a bill Tuesday to dismantle the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, Warren’s “signature accomplishment” according to the National Review, which detailed the conservative objections to the CFPB.

It’s no surprise that Democrats and the liberal media shamelessly perpetuate such obvious lies about the CFPB, since its leadership by an ostensibly irremovable director, funding outside the congressional appropriations process, and ideological hiring turned the bureau into a political rather than professional organization. Just this week, Paul Krugman wrote in his New York Times column that the Wells Fargo “scandal only came to light thanks to the bureau.” In fact, a Los Angeles Times article exposed the fraud in 2013, and the CFPB allowed it to continue for three years while the Los Angeles City Attorney and Comptroller of the Currency led investigations that produced the $185 million settlement.

Cruz introduced the bill with Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) in the House, saying that the legislation would allow Congress  “the opportunity to free consumers and small businesses from the CFPB’s regulatory blockades and financial activism, which stunt economic growth.”

This is just the latest attack on the bureau by Republicans who are looking at many different options to dismantle what they see as another government office imposing job-killing restrictions on the economy.

The Washington Examiner pointed out how President Trump himself could gut the agency.

Another possible threat to the consumer bureau is that of President Trump trying to fire its Obama-appointed director, Richard Cordray, and appointing instead a regulator more aligned with Republicans.

Many see the CFPB as the key to Warren’s legacy, and a political springboard to higher offices, including perhaps a presidential run in 2020. Warren has been recently elevated in the Democratic party after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ken.) made her sit down during her speech against now Attorney General Jeff Sessions for impugning his character, something against Senate rules. Some have speculated that this was a calculated move on McConnell’s part in order to swing the Democratic party farther to the left and make it easier to defeat in the mid-terms and in 2020.

Posted in Elizabeth Warren, Federal Government, Government Regulation, Government Waste, Politics, Ted Cruz

February 8th, 2017 by Staff Writer

In a very funny video posted on the Twitter account of Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), he gives Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) some help preparing for his debate with Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) set for Tuesday evening on CNN.

“Hey @SenTedCruz,” Lee writes, “if you need help preparing for your #Obamacare debate tonight with @SenSanders, you can borrow this book,” with the debate hashtag “CNNDebateNight.”

The video shows a the first person perspective of Senator Lee climbing a ladder on a library of books and finding a particular tome, entitled, “the Benefits of Socialism.”

Image Source: Twitter Video
Image Source: Twitter Video
Image Source: Twitter Video
Image Source: Twitter Video

Lee takes it down to his desk, and flips the pages, revealing:

Image Source: Twitter Video
Image Source: Twitter Video

There is nothing printed on the pages, implying that that there are no “benefits of socialism.”

The debate between Senator Cruz and Senator Sanders will be conducted Tuesday night on CNN and will focus on Obamacare, a hot topic given that the Trump administration vowed to repeal and replace Obama’s signature legislation but the promise is hitting some obstacles. The Vermont Senator is well known for his socialist advocacy, while Cruz could be said to be his polar opposite as a champion of free market capitalism and limited government.

Hey @SenTedCruz, if you need help preparing for your #Obamacare debate tonight with @SenSanders, you can borrow this book. #CNNDebateNight pic.twitter.com/hJgC3kNfHW

— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) February 7, 2017

Trump’s first executive order upon entering the Oval Office was focused against Obamacare, even as Vice President Mike Pence reassured Americans that if they liked their insurance under Obamacare, that they would be able to keep their insurance. Trump has just recently admitted that a repeal and replacement may not happen until next year. 

Posted in Bernie Sanders, debate, Donald Trump, Mike Lee, Obamacare, Obamacare repeal, Politics, Socialism, Ted Cruz

February 1st, 2017 by Staff Writer

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said that democrats would not be successful if they attempt to filibuster Judge Gorsuch, the pick by President Trump to fill the deceased Judge Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court. He made the comments to Jim Acosta on CNN moments after the announcement Tuesday.

Acosta asked Senator Cruz if he thought that Gorsuch would face the same obstruction that other picks of President Trump by the Democrats in Congress.

There is no doubt that the Democrats are engaged in unprecedented partisan obstruction. But I hope on the Supreme Court they will not engage in that practice. Y’know a decade ago when Judge Gorsuch was named to the Court of Appeals, he was approved by voice vote, which means not a single Democrat spoke out in opposition to him. And I would suggest the Democrats should apply that same standard, should ask, ‘what’s changed from a decade ago when they were willing to confirm then to the court of appeals. It is possible that Democrats will choose to obstruct. There are some Senate Democrats who I think might be counted on, to try to filibuster any Supreme Court nominee.

“What happens at that point?” Acosta followed up. “Nuclear option comes into play?” referring to the congressional maneuver where Republicans would be able to push through a confirmation vote with just a majority vote, as Democrats had with Obama’s picks.

What I can tell you is that the Democrats will not succeed in filibustering Judge Gorsuch. They may try but they will not succeed. The Senate will confirm a strong constitutionalist to replace Justice Scalia.

Sen. Ted Cruz: “The Democrats will not succeed in filibustering Judge Gorsuch” https://t.co/YZ32bCBsdM https://t.co/1NzFiUndhn

— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) February 1, 2017

Acosta then challenged Cruz to defend how Republicans held up Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland for a year, but are now demanding that Trump’s nominee be confirmed.

It is a fundamentally different circumstance. For one thing, no vacancy that occurred in a presidential election year has been filled for eighty years. Eight decades. And indeed what Republicans said when that vacancy occurred before any nomination was made, is that we’re gonna allow the American people to decide – we’ve got a presidential election coming. This election was in a very real sense a referendum – a referendum for the American people. Do you want a constitutionalists who will have a limited, a humble view of the judiciary, or do you want a liberal judicial activist who will impose his or her policy preferences?

And we the people spoke on election day in November, we the people spoke. And this issue, I believe, was a vital issue to President Trump defeating Hillary Clinton and now respecting the will of the people, it’s incumbent on the Senate to advise and consent. And I believe we should confirm this very very strong Supreme Court nominee.

Cruz’s “Freedom Caucus” compatriot Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) celebrated the conservative Supreme Court pick with a selfie tweeted on his social media account including famous “Never Trump” critic Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.):

My fellow members of the Judiciary Committee and I are ready to get to work to get Judge Gorsuch confirmed. pic.twitter.com/MnHZWYouSA

— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) February 1, 2017

Democrats are angrily denouncing the actions by President Trump after Republicans stalled on voting for Obama’s pick, Merrick Garland, tossing the confirmation vote into a tempest of political ire. Senate Democrats have already announced they will filibuster any pick by Trump for that very reason.

Posted in Donald Trump, Politics, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Ted Cruz, Trump

February 1st, 2017 by Staff Writer

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said that democrats would not be successful if they attempt to filibuster Judge Gorsuch, the pick by President Trump to fill the deceased Judge Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court. He made the comments to Jim Acosta on CNN moments after the announcement Tuesday.

Acosta asked Senator Cruz if he thought that Gorsuch would face the same obstruction that other picks of President Trump by the Democrats in Congress.

There is no doubt that the Democrats are engaged in unprecedented partisan obstruction. But I hope on the Supreme Court they will not engage in that practice. Y’know a decade ago when Judge Gorsuch was named to the Court of Appeals, he was approved by voice vote, which means not a single Democrat spoke out in opposition to him. And I would suggest the Democrats should apply that same standard, should ask, ‘what’s changed from a decade ago when they were willing to confirm then to the court of appeals. It is possible that Democrats will choose to obstruct. There are some Senate Democrats who I think might be counted on, to try to filibuster any Supreme Court nominee.

“What happens at that point?” Acosta followed up. “Nuclear option comes into play?” referring to the congressional maneuver where Republicans would be able to push through a confirmation vote with just a majority vote, as Democrats had with Obama’s picks.

What I can tell you is that the Democrats will not succeed in filibustering Judge Gorsuch. They may try but they will not succeed. The Senate will confirm a strong constitutionalist to replace Justice Scalia.

Sen. Ted Cruz: “The Democrats will not succeed in filibustering Judge Gorsuch” https://t.co/YZ32bCBsdM https://t.co/1NzFiUndhn

— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) February 1, 2017

Acosta then challenged Cruz to defend how Republicans held up Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland for a year, but are now demanding that Trump’s nominee be confirmed.

It is a fundamentally different circumstance. For one thing, no vacancy that occurred in a presidential election year has been filled for eighty years. Eight decades. And indeed what Republicans said when that vacancy occurred before any nomination was made, is that we’re gonna allow the American people to decide – we’ve got a presidential election coming. This election was in a very real sense a referendum – a referendum for the American people. Do you want a constitutionalists who will have a limited, a humble view of the judiciary, or do you want a liberal judicial activist who will impose his or her policy preferences?

And we the people spoke on election day in November, we the people spoke. And this issue, I believe, was a vital issue to President Trump defeating Hillary Clinton and now respecting the will of the people, it’s incumbent on the Senate to advise and consent. And I believe we should confirm this very very strong Supreme Court nominee.

Cruz’s “Freedom Caucus” compatriot Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) celebrated the conservative Supreme Court pick with a selfie tweeted on his social media account including famous “Never Trump” critic Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.):

My fellow members of the Judiciary Committee and I are ready to get to work to get Judge Gorsuch confirmed. pic.twitter.com/MnHZWYouSA

— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) February 1, 2017

Democrats are angrily denouncing the actions by President Trump after Republicans stalled on voting for Obama’s pick, Merrick Garland, tossing the confirmation vote into a tempest of political ire. Senate Democrats have already announced they will filibuster any pick by Trump for that very reason.

Posted in Donald Trump, Politics, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Ted Cruz, Trump

January 25th, 2017 by Staff Writer

If you don’t like Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz, prepare to have your attitudes toward him softened.

Deadspin, a site with something of an unabashed bias, is no fan of Ted Cruz. Recently, it came to their attention that Cruz was starting up a basketball league of sorts in order to repair relationships with his colleagues. Deadspin apparently thought this to be somewhat hilarious, and issued a request for pictures of Cruz playing “baskethoops” in an article.

Here at Deadspin.com, there’s nothing we love more than sport. So we were delighted to learn that perpetual failed candidate for president Ted Cruz started a weekly Senate basketball game in hopes of making his colleagues hate him less. Which is great for Ted Cruz, but doesn’t do much for us. We want to right this wrong and share Ted’s love of baskethoop with the world. We want Ted Cruz basketball pics.

And…

Surely some of you reading this must work on the Hill, or know someone who works on the Hill, or know someone who is secretly sleeping in the men’s locker room in the Russell Building on the Hill. Either way, if you happen to snap a few photographs—or better yet, a video—of Ted Cruz in his raw, unbridled, soup-fueled athletic form, please for the love of god send them to ashley@gizmodomedia.com.

Naturally, Deadspin tweeted out their request.

Send us proof of Ted Cruz playing basketball https://t.co/MgGLnsscPf pic.twitter.com/mpxI5EBQkK

— Deadspin (@Deadspin) January 23, 2017

But what answered them wasn’t a reporter, photographer, or fellow legislator. It was Ted Cruz himself, and his response was nothing short of a slam dunk.

@Deadspin what do I win? pic.twitter.com/9XuRmmIkJS

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 25, 2017

The photo is a picture of Duke senior Grayson Allen, who looks strikingly similar to the Texas senator. For some time, their resemblance has been a running joke among sports fans.

Of course, Deadspin did not take Cruz’s jocularity lightly, and tweeted back a short message instructing to Cruz to “Go eat sh*t.” This prompted Cruz to respond once more, still keeping his humor intact.

@Deadspin pic.twitter.com/TMiDBco2TB

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 25, 2017

It’s safe to say that Cruz won that exchange, and in the process may have won this week’s greatest tweet.

Posted in Basketball, Media, Ted Cruz, Twitter

January 9th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, along with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, met with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen in Houston Sunday afternoon to continue an ongoing discussion on how the U.S., with President-elect Donald Trump’s leadership, can continue improving diplomatic relations with the island nation.

The Republican senator said in a news release that during Sunday’s meeting, they discussed how they might improve bilateral relations and that they touched on several areas, including arms sales, diplomatic exchanges and economic relations.

Abbott said in a separate statement that they discussed energy, trade relations and commercial ties between Taiwan and Texas.

However, Cruz’s meeting did not come without controversy, mainly from the Chinese, who urged Cruz not to meet with Tsai, saying that it would violate America’s “One China” policy.

But Cruz didn’t care — and he let China know.

“Shortly before our meeting, the Houston congressional delegation received a curious letter from the Chinese consulate asking members of Congress not to meet with President Tsai, and to uphold the ‘One-China policy,’” Cruz explained in a statement after the meeting.

Then Cruz dropped a few truth bombs.

“The People’s Republic of China needs to understand that in America we make decisions about meeting with visitors for ourselves,” he said. “This is not about the PRC. This is about the U.S. relationship with Taiwan, an ally we are legally bound to defend.”

“The Chinese do not give us veto power over those with whom they meet. We will continue to meet with anyone, including the Taiwanese, as we see fit,” Cruz added.

More from the Washington Examiner:

Cruz met Tsai in Houston as she travels through the U.S. this weekend before heading to Central America. The sit-down follows a phone call late last year between Trump and Tsai after Trump won the presidential election.

That call is widely believed to be the first between a U.S. president or president-elect and a leader of Taiwan since 1979, when diplomatic relations between the two countries were cut off. Ever since Gen. Chiang Kai-shek fled mainland China to Taiwan in 1949, China has regarded Taiwan, a nearly 14,000 square-mile island off its coast, as a renegade province that should be returned to China.

The U.S. adopted a “One China” policy to help facilitate diplomacy with Beijing, and now Chinese officials warn that the U.S. is on a path to abandoning it.

“The US-Taiwan relationship is not on the negotiating table. It is bound in statute and founded on common interests,” Cruz concluded in his statement. “I look forward to working with President Tsai to strengthen our partnership.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Posted in China, Politics, Taiwan, Ted Cruz

January 1st, 2017 by Staff Writer

According to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have proved to be “relentless enemies” of Israel.

That’s what Cruz said earlier this week, following the Obama administration supporting an anti-Israel resolution at the United Nations last week and after Kerry gave a 70-minute speech on Wednesday rebuking Israel for being a sovereign state.

“Like bitter clingers, President Obama and Secretary Kerry are spending every last minute of this administration wreaking havoc domestically and abroad. With their last breath in office, they have struck at Israel, through the United Nations and through today’s disgraceful speech,” Cruz said in a statement. “These acts are shameful.”

“They are designed to secure a legacy, and indeed they have: history will record and the world will fully understand Obama and Kerry as relentless enemies of Israel,” he added.

According to Cruz, Obama and Kerry intentionally designed their foreign policy to “weaken and marginalize” Israel, while “emboldening” Israel’s enemies.

Cruz said he believes that Kerry’s Wednesday speech, where he called Israel’s government the “most right-wing extreme” in Israeli history, will “enflame rising anti-Semitism” in Europe and across the world.

The Texas senator continued:

It will encourage the mullahs who hate Israel and hate America. And it will facilitate ‘law-fare,’ growing legal assaults on Israel through transnational legal fora.

“Kerry’s speech drew a stunning moral equivalence between our great ally Israel and the Palestinian Authority, currently formed in a ‘unity’ government with the vicious terrorists of Hamas. Secretary Kerry declared the Hamas regime in Gaza ‘radical,’ in the same way he declared the duly-elected government of Israel ‘extreme.’ He declared vicious terrorism sponsored by Hamas equal to Israeli settlements in West Bank. And he equated Israel’s celebration of its birth with the Palestinian description of this event as the ‘disaster.’ His speech attempted to lay out an historic and seismic shift towards the delegitimization of our ally, Israel, and the further empowerment of the Palestinian Authority.

“Kerry’s central conclusion, that ‘Israel can either be Jewish or democratic, it cannot be both’ is an inanity that passes as profound only in Ivory Tower faculty lounges. There are roughly 50 majority-Muslim countries in the world. There is one — only one — Jewish state. And yet, for Kerry and Obama, that is too much. The Israeli Knesset has 17 elected Arab members. It has Muslim members and Christian members. In contrast, one searches in vain for Muslim countries that have elected Jewish representatives.

In fact, the Obama adminsitation’s recent policies toward Israel is a true reflection of the ideology of both Obama and Kerry, Cruz alleged.

“It is a sign of their radicalism and refusal to defend American interests, that Obama and Kerry choose to attack the only inclusive democracy in the Middle East — a strong, steadfast ally of America — while turning a blind eye to the Islamic terrorism that grows daily,” he wrote.

And it will likely hurt them in the end, the former Republican presidential candidate said, as the extreme foreign policy position will backfire and inspire “bipartisan repudiation of their radical anti-Israel agenda.”

According to Politico, congressional Republicans in both the Senate and House are working feverishly to introduce bipartisan legislation next week that declares America’s support for Israel, while possibly sanctioning the U.N.

However, Cruz wants more. Ever since the U.N. passed their anti-Israel resolution last week, Cruz has called on Congress to strip the U.N. of all U.S. funds. Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) has also called for a similar measure.

Posted in Barack Obama, Israel, John Kerry, Politics, Ted Cruz, United Nations

November 19th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tx.) gave a small speech at the Federalist Society on Friday, and then allowed some time for a question and answer session.

One of the questioners was a gentleman from Ireland who was encouraged by President-elect Donald Trump’s win, stating that he knows what it feels like to be overlooked or even looked down on for his origins, and accent. Now with Trump heading to the white house, he wanted to know if Cruz could put some sort of encouraging message to tag along with it.

“With the presidential election, where we saw rural America — the America that felt they were left behind — stood up and expressed their voice, and show their concerns in such a large number, what words of encouragement do you now have for the people of rural America, and for those who felt they were left behind?”

“Well, I think the election was an incredible vindication for the American people across this country, and especially those as you’ve known in rural America, and what elites on both coasts consider to be flyover country,” began Cruz. “This election could be well understood as the revenge of flyover country.”

“And one of the things that was most striking was the utter astonishment of the Hillary Clinton campaign, the press, of Democrats,” continued Cruz after applause from the crowd. “I’m reminded of, in an earlier election, a question from Manhattan. ‘How could Richard Nixon have won. I didn’t know anyone who voted for him.’”

“I think the Clinton campaign found themselves utter flabbergasted,” continued Cruz. “They had not even contemplated the possibility that they might not prevail. And that, I think, is a direct result of not listening to, and not hearing the American people. The voices of frustration, the voices that had been ignored, the voices that were crying out — more than anything else — ‘leave us alone!’”

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Posted in Donald Trump, election, flyover country, Hillary Clinton, Politics, revenge, Ted Cruz

October 25th, 2016 by Staff Writer

The right-wing news site Breitbart, which has long been a safe haven for Donald Trump, teamed up with a liberal activist during the Republican primaries to take down candidates like Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ted Cruz (Texas), according to a new report.

Aaron Black, an associate at Democracy Partners, which has been featured in undercover videos by the Project Veritas group, would often tip Breitbart off about the stunts he planned to pull, exchanging raw video footage for coverage, a source close to the situation told Politico.

Republican presidential candidates (Lto R) Donald Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) participate in a debate sponsored by Fox News at the Fox Theatre on March 3, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) participate in a debate sponsored by Fox News at the Fox Theatre on March 3, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Black and Breitbart coordinated through email, by phone and in person, according to the source. One of the stories that arose from their behind-the-scenes relationship came when Black dressed up as a robot and appeared at Rubio’s campaign events. A February article outlined a momentary tussle between Black and Rubio’s New Hampshire campaign chairman.

“He worked directly with Breitbart’s political team on the ground in the primary states to sabotage Marco Rubio & Ted Cruz, and elect Trump as nominee of [the Republican] Party,” the source told Politico. “[Black] was coordinating with [Breitbart’s] top staff to rabble rouse against Rubio at rallies.”

The fact that Breitbart has all along been supportive of Trump is nothing new, especially given the outlet’s former chairman, Steve Bannon, is now the GOP candidate’s campaign CEO. It was, however, unknown exactly how far Breitbart would go to ensure Trump’s strongest competitors were defeated.

Though Breitbart and Black teamed up to bring about the same result, it is not likely they shared the same intention. According to emails stolen by WikiLeaks, it was Rubio the Clinton campaign feared most in a general election matchup. But Breitbart wanted to see the Florida lawmaker go down because they saw him as supportive of “open borders” and “amnesty.”

Revelations about the interaction between the Trump-friendly website and the Democracy Partners operative come as the Republican presidential nominee continues to berate the media as an extension of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, claiming the entire election process — from the press box to the ballot booth — is “rigged” against him.

It is worth noting that while campaigning in Florida Monday, Trump didn’t mention Rubio’s name once, while Tim Kaine, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, attacked the incumbent senator twice, according to CNN’s Betsy Klein.

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October 11th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a one-time contender for the Republican presidential nomination, is standing with Donald Trump despite the release last week of a 2005 video depicting the billionaire businessman making sexually explicit comments about women.

While early reports indicated Cruz was waffling on whether he would maintain his support of the GOP presidential nominee, the Texas lawmaker reaffirmed his support Monday when an interviewer in Muleshoe, Texas, asked if he is “still backing the Republican candidate for president, Donald J. Trump.”

“I am supporting the Republican nominee because I think Hillary Clinton is an absolute disaster,” Cruz said. “Now, my differences with Donald, I have articulated at great length during the campaign and I tried with all my might [to secure the nomination].”

Following the release of Trump’s decade-old conversation with former “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush, during which the New York real estate developer said he can “do anything” to women since he’s a “star,” including “grab them by the p***y,” Cruz took to Twitter to call the remarks “disturbing and inappropriate.”

These comments are disturbing and inappropriate, there is simply no excuse for them.

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 8, 2016

Every wife, mother, daughter — every person — deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. https://t.co/AVSEBastVc

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 8, 2016

The release of the video came just weeks after Cruz flip-flopped on Trump and decided to endorse his former rival.

“This is an election unlike any other but I’ll tell you, Hillary Clinton, I think, is manifestly unfit to be president,” he said of his decision to remain supportive of Trump. “The policies she’s advancing are the continuation of eight years of Barack Obama.”

Asked by Gil Lamb Advertising/Channel 6 if he plans to launch a presidential campaign in 2020, Cruz said he’ll “see what the future holds,” noting that his “focus right now is on representing 27 million Texans.”

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October 9th, 2016 by Staff Writer

On his Facebook page Saturday, prominent conservative radio personality Glenn Beck responded to the growing controversy over Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s lewd remarks on Friday, in which he appeared, among other things,  to suggest that he could “grab [women] by the p***y” and they would let him, because he’s famous.

Beck, who has been a staunch opponent of Trump since the beginning of his primary campaign, and who has refused to endorse or support him in the general election, specifically discussed Senator Mike Lee (R-UT)’s decision to call on Trump to drop out of the race. Beck noted:

Every person, each of us must decide what is a bridge too far.

Mike Lee has obviously reached that point, where the moral compromise his party is asking him to make is simply beyond what is acceptable.

It is not acceptable to ask a moral, dignified man to cast his vote to help elect an immoral man who is absent decency or dignity. . . . Lee’s call for Trump to step down and withdraw from the race is respectful to him and to the process.

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Getty Images/David Calvert

Beck also dismissed the idea that the election of Democratic nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would mean the end of the American Republic:

If she is elected, the world does not end…. Once elected, Hillary can be fought. Her tactics are blatant and juvenile, and battling her by means of political and procedural maneuvering or through the media , through public marches and online articles, all of that will be moral, worthy of man of principal.

Her nominees can be blocked, her proposed laws voted down.

The alternative does not offer a moral person the same opportunity. If one helps to elect an immoral man to the highest office, then one is merely validating his immorality, lewdness, and depravity.

But it’s OK, at least it is not her! Right??

No.

Beck toured with and endorsed Texas Senator Ted Cruz in the Republican primary. When Cruz endorsed Trump in September, Beck harshly questioned Cruz during a contentious radio interview in which Cruz admitted that he sold his mailing list to Donald Trump.

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October 8th, 2016 by Staff Writer

In the hours since the release of 2005 video depicting Donald Trump speaking explicitly about women, several prominent Republicans have rebuked the GOP presidential candidate for his words, some even demanding he exit the race for the White House altogether.

In the video, Trump can be heard telling Billy Bush, then host of “Access Hollywood,” that he could “do anything” to women because he’s a “star,” including “grab them by the p***y.”

Republican presidential hopeful Donald J. Trump at the Aston Township Community Center on September 13, 2016 in Aston, Pennsylvania. (Mark Makela/Getty Images)

Republican presidential hopeful Donald J. Trump at the Aston Township Community Center on September 13, 2016 in Aston, Pennsylvania. (Mark Makela/Getty Images)

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said late Friday he is “sickened” by Trump’s comments. He also disinvited him from a scheduled campaign event in Wisconsin, where he was slated to appear with the speaker and Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), a senior Republican leader, called Trump’s words “repugnant and unacceptable in any circumstance.”

“As the father of three daughters, I strongly believe that Trump needs to apologize directly to women and girls everywhere, and take full responsibility for the utter lack of respect for women shown in his comments on that tape,” he said in a statement.

Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and Wyoming Republican Senate candidate, offered a similar reaction.

As the mother of three daughters & two young sons, I’m disgusted by Trump’s “locker room banter.” His appalling comments are indefensible.

— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) October 8, 2016

Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the highest ranking Republican woman in the House of Representatives, called Trump out, saying it is “never appropriate to condone unwanted sexual advances or violence against women.”

“I have said before that I would not hesitate to voice my disagreement with Mr. Trump when he says something that I believe should not be part of our political dialogue,” she said in a statement. “[M]r. Trump must realize that [those comments have] no place in public or private conversations today or in the past.”

Likewise, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R), who is running for re-election and has worked to distance herself from Trump’s comments in the past, condemned the Republican standard-bearer’s remarks, calling them “totally inappropriate and offensive.”

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As TheBlaze previously reported, Priebus, who last month floated the idea of penalizing Republicans who don’t support Trump, offered a brief but stern statement: “No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever.”

Along with him, a torrent of other GOP leaders took a stand against Trump.

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake took to Twitter to write that the U.S. “deserves far better than” Trump, while Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a one-time contender for the Republican presidential nomination, wrote, “Make no mistake the comments were wrong and offensive. They are indefensible.”

And former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, perhaps Trump’s bitterest rival in the Republican primary, wrote, “As the grandfather of two precious girls, I find that no apology can excuse away Donald Trump’s reprehensible comments degrading women.”

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, rebuked Trump for his “vile degradations.”

Hitting on married women? Condoning assault? Such vile degradations demean our wives and daughters and corrupt America’s face to the world.

— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) October 8, 2016

But Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk, a sitting Republican lawmaker, offered perhaps the boldest rebuke, referring to Trump as a “malignant clown unprepared and unfit to be president of the United States.” He also demanded the GOP “engage rules for emergency replacement.”

DJT is a malignant clown – unprepared and unfit to be president of the United States.

— Mark Kirk (@SenatorKirk) October 7, 2016

.@realDonaldTrump should drop out. @GOP should engage rules for emergency replacement.

— Mark Kirk (@SenatorKirk) October 8, 2016

And former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, a 2012 candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, called on Trump to drop out of the race for the presidency one week after saying he would vote for the brash billionaire businessman. Huntsman said Mike Pence, Trump’s running mate, should lead the GOP ticket.

“In a campaign cycle that has been nothing but a race to the bottom — at such a critical moment for our nation — and with so many who have tried to be respectful of a record primary vote, the time has come for Governor Pence to lead the ticket,” he told The Salt Lake Tribune.

In addition, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who challenged Trump in the Republican primary and also recently endorsed the real estate developer, condemned the offensive remarks as “disturbing and inappropriate.”

These comments are disturbing and inappropriate, there is simply no excuse for them.

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 8, 2016

Every wife, mother, daughter — every person — deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. https://t.co/AVSEBastVc

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 8, 2016

Arizona Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, said in a statement there are “no excuses” for Trump’s lewd comments.

“There are no excuses for Donald Trump’s offensive and demeaning comments,” he said. “No woman should ever be victimized by this kind of inappropriate behavior. He alone bears the burden of his conduct and alone should suffer the consequences.”

While it is yet unclear how the Trump campaign plans to tackle this issue, it is obvious the video is already having a big impact. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton not only condemned the comments, but also moved quickly to capitalize politically on the moment.

Women have the power to stop Trump.https://t.co/tTgeqy51PUhttps://t.co/VH3woeAf9Q pic.twitter.com/NjvbkPsjPR

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 7, 2016

This news comes ahead of Sunday’s second presidential debate, where this ordeal will most certainly be discussed.

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September 25th, 2016 by Staff Writer

One day after his endorsement of Republican nominee Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz declined to answer whether or not he believes the billionaire businessman is fit to serve as president.

Cruz, who was attending the Texas Tribune festival in Austin, Texas, was asked by Tribune reporter Evan Smith directly whether or not he thinks Trump measures up.

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. (Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla)

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. (Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla)

“Do you consider Donald Trump to be fit to be president?” Smith asked Cruz.

“I think we have one of two choices,” Cruz replied. According to the Tribune, Cruz did not expand on his answer.

Evans also asked Cruz whether or not he meant some of the former insults he launched at Trump during the primaries, including the times he labeled Trump a “serial philanderer,” a “pathological liar” and “utterly immoral.”

“I have had many, many disagreements with Donald Trump, some of which you have cataloged. And I have not been at all reluctant to articulate exactly why I believe that I should be the nominee instead of him,” Cruz said. “We are in a general election now. I don’t think it is productive for me to criticize the Republican nominee today.”

“We are in a general election now. I don’t think it is productive for me to criticize the Republican nominee today.”

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Cruz also fielded two questions from audience members, according to the Tribune. One person asked Cruz how the country can feel safe with a president who is “racist,” while the other person asked how Cruz can support a person who is “openly misogynist.”

In response to those questions, Cruz was steadfast in his belief that this year’s election in a choice between either Trump or Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. And according to Cruz, a Clinton presidency would mean that “the [Supreme Court] will be lost for a generation and that means my daughter’s rights will be lost for a generation.”

Following his endorsement of Trump on Friday, Cruz said in a TV interview that he came to his decision after many months of thought and prayer.

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September 25th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Friday’s announcement from Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) that he would be voting for Republican nominee Donald Trump in November shocked the political world, especially the conservative side of the aisle and Cruz’s supporters.

After Cruz’s non-endorsement of Trump during the Republican national convention in July, along with Trump’s repeated personal attacks on Cruz and his family, most believed Cruz would continue to hold out through the election.

Many of Cruz’s supporters took to Twitter following his announcement Friday to share their disapproval with his decision. One of those who has traditionally been on Cruz’s side tweeted his sentiment by sharing Tom Petty and The Heartbreaker’s 1989 song “I Won’t Back Down.”

That person was conservative superstar Sen. Ben Sasse (Neb.), who is a firm member of the #NeverTrump movement.

#FridayFeelinghttps://t.co/83XKXaa157

— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 23, 2016

Sasse didn’t mention Cruz or his endorsement specifically, but it’s clear the tweet was directed at the announcement.

Fellow senator and #NeverTrump member Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said after Cruz’s announcement Friday that he would not follow Cruz’s lead and will not endorse the Republican nominee.

In response to a request for comment, a spokesman for Sasse told TheBlaze that the Nebraska senator believes this is a “matter of conscience” while declining to further comment on Cruz’s decision.

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September 24th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Fox News political commentator Charles Krauthammer weighed in on Ted Cruz’s surprise decision to support Donald Trump, calling the move nothing more than “business as usual.”

While Krauthammer said he doesn’t take issue with the Texas senator’s Friday announcement, he did point out that the move is at odds with the personas both Cruz and Trump presented during the particularly bitter Republican primary season.

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“Remember, he and Trump were the outsiders, and what was their calling card from the very beginning? We don’t act like the Washington insiders, we don’t scratch each other’s back, we speak our conscience,” he said. “Well, it turns out they’d do what you’d expect of any other candidate.”

“This is business as usual,” he continued, “but weren’t they the candidates who were against the business as usual?”

The Fox pundit recalled the bruising primary, during which Trump frequently cast Cruz as a liar, noting that in his statement, the Republican presidential nominee is now calling his one-time rival a “brilliant” lawmaker.

“This is politics,” Krauthammer remarked. “This is exactly what you’d expect, but it is not how they sold themselves.”

Cruz’s flip-flop on supporting Trump has upset many conservatives, most notably Glenn Beck, one of the vanquished presidential hopeful’s chief surrogates.

“Profoundly sad day for me,” Beck said of the news. “Disappointment does not begin to describe. Maybe it is time to go to the mountains for a while.”

While Beck has indicated he will remain opposed to Trump, he did announce Friday he will be speaking to Cruz Monday on his radio show about the shocking development. He said the conversation will take place sometime between 9 a.m. and noon, but did not offer an exact time.

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September 24th, 2016 by Staff Writer

It’s the end of an era. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has decided he will vote for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Election Day, and Glenn Beck isn’t happy about it.

“Profoundly sad day for me,” the radio and TV show host wrote in a Facebook post Friday. “Disappointment does not begin to describe. Maybe it is time to go to the mountains for a while.”

Glenn Beck (L) gets a hug after announcing his endorsement of US Senator and Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz (R) during a campaign event in Waterloo, Iowa, Jan. 23, 2016, ahead of the Iowa Caucus. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Glenn Beck (L) gets a hug after announcing his endorsement of US Senator and Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz (R) during a campaign event in Waterloo, Iowa, Jan. 23, 2016, ahead of the Iowa Caucus. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Earlier this summer at the Republican National Convention, Cruz refused to endorse Trump, telling the delegation gathered in Cleveland to “vote your conscience” instead.

“And to those listening, please don’t stay home in November,” he said from the convention stage. “Stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.”

And Beck, who endorsed Cruz in January, when the battle for the GOP nomination was still ongoing, stood unapologetically with the Texas senator, with whom he shared a disdain for Trump. In fact, when the conservative talker first endorsed Cruz, he said the primary had become a “David against Goliath” situation.

“He has been, you know, David against Goliath in his own party, against [the] other party, in the media,” Beck said at the time. “Nobody will stand with this guy, and yet he’s never backed down from the fight.”

But it appears Cruz has, in fact, backed down, despite having told voters in Cleveland in August that, following attacks by Trump against his father and his wife, he would not “come like a servile puppy dog” and embrace the billionaire businessman.

“You might have a similar view if someone was attacking your wife,” he said at the time. “In fact, I hope you would. I hope you would.”

In July, when it appeared Cruz was going to stand firm on his decision not to support Trump, Beck praised the move as “amazing” and “a turning point” in American politics. Naturally, he voiced disappointment at Friday’s news that Cruz had changed his mind.

“America is an idea, not a country. When we discuss the destruction of our country, that is vastly different than the destruction of an idea,” Beck wrote. “I fear the idea is already lost, due to the panic of losing ones comfort and country.”

“Welcome to the big tent. GOP / DNC 2016 join or die,” he added.

In a follow up post, Beck announced Cruz will be calling into his radio show Monday morning sometime between 9 a.m. and noon, but indicated an exact time had not yet been determined.


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September 24th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Despite promising he wouldn’t just two months ago, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump accepted formal rival Sen. Ted Cruz’s endorsement Friday.

Trump said Friday afternoon that he is “greatly honored” by the Texas senator’s endorsement.

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, right, reacts as businessman Donald Trump speaks during a Republican presidential primary debate at Fox Theatre, Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Former Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) reacts as businessman Donald Trump speaks during a Republican presidential primary debate at Fox Theatre in March. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

“We have fought the battle, and he was a tough and brilliant opponent,” Trump said in a statement shortly after the announcement. “I look forward to working with him for many years to come in order to make America great again.”

The two men had a contentious relationship on the campaign trail as they battled for the GOP nod. Aside from trading jabs, Trump told supporters at his party’s July convention that he would not accept an endorsement from Cruz should it come.

“He’ll come and endorse because he has no choice. But I don’t want his endorsement,” Trump said after Cruz’s snub at the convention. “What difference does it make? I don’t want it.”

Trump also said then that Cruz “may have ruined his political career.”

But on Friday, Cruz reversed course and announced that he would vote for the Republican nominee in order to defeat Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton and honor the pledge he signed with the Republican National Committee.

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“I never thought I would say these words, but, Ted Cruz was right,” Hillary Clinton admitted during a rally Friday in Tampa, Florida.

Clinton, who is poised to accept the Democratic Party’s nomination for president next week, praised the conservative Texas senator for encouraging people to “vote your conscience” during his much-criticized speech at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night. While Cruz did congratulate Donald Trump for securing the GOP presidential nomination, he did not endorse the billionaire businessman.

A member of the audience photographs Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as she speaks during a campaign event at the Florida State Fairgrounds Entertainment Hall, Friday, July 22, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

A member of the audience photographs Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as she speaks during a campaign event at the Florida State Fairgrounds Entertainment Hall, Friday, July 22, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

“Something has gone terribly wrong when someone says ‘vote your conscience’ and gets booed,” the former secretary of state told the large gathering of supporters.

Clinton encouraged voters to take Cruz’s advice in November by voting for the presidential candidate that best represents their beliefs.

“In this election, do the right thing, and vote your conscience, vote for your future, vote for a United States of America,” she said.

After it became clear Cruz would not be throwing his endorsement behind Trump, delegates gathered Wednesday night in Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena began booing the one-time presidential hopeful until he concluded his remarks and exited the stage.

In a press conference Friday, Trump blasted Cruz, telling reporters that, if the Texas lawmaker endorses him, he “will not accept it.” He went on to say Cruz should just “stay home” and “relax” instead.

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“I never thought I would say these words but — @tedcruz was right!” says @HillaryClinton https://t.co/u2tDpYjf1U https://t.co/hYBk5tD178

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July 23rd, 2016 by Staff Writer

“I never thought I would say these words, but, Ted Cruz was right,” Hillary Clinton admitted during a rally Friday in Tampa, Florida.

Clinton, who is poised to accept the Democratic Party’s nomination for president next week, praised the conservative Texas senator for encouraging people to “vote your conscience” during his much-criticized speech at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night. While Cruz did congratulate Donald Trump for securing the GOP presidential nomination, he did not endorse the billionaire businessman.

A member of the audience photographs Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as she speaks during a campaign event at the Florida State Fairgrounds Entertainment Hall, Friday, July 22, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

A member of the audience photographs Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as she speaks during a campaign event at the Florida State Fairgrounds Entertainment Hall, Friday, July 22, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

“Something has gone terribly wrong when someone says ‘vote your conscience’ and gets booed,” the former secretary of state told the large gathering of supporters.

Clinton encouraged voters to take Cruz’s advice in November by voting for the presidential candidate that best represents their beliefs.

“In this election, do the right thing, and vote your conscience, vote for your future, vote for a United States of America,” she said.

After it became clear Cruz would not be throwing his endorsement behind Trump, delegates gathered Wednesday night in Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena began booing the one-time presidential hopeful until he concluded his remarks and exited the stage.

In a press conference Friday, Trump blasted Cruz, telling reporters that, if the Texas lawmaker endorses him, he “will not accept it.” He went on to say Cruz should just “stay home” and “relax” instead.

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July 22nd, 2016 by Staff Writer

TheBlaze founder Glenn Beck says that he thinks Texas Sen. Ted Cruz could ultimately benefit from not endorsing Donald Trump in his speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland Wednesday night.

“Last night was an amazing night that was a turning point, truly a turning point. There is a remarkable thing that happened with Ted Cruz” Beck, who endorsed Cruz during the GOP primary, said at the start of his radio show Thursday. “I don’t know what else you wanted him to say. He said, ‘Vote your conscience … stand for the Constitution.”

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., speaks during the third day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., speaks during the third day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

“Stand for the person who will not divide and spread hate, but spread love and understanding,” Beck recalled of Cruz’s speech.

Co-host Pat Gray said, “And they know that’s not Trump. That’s why they had to boo him,” referring to Trump supporters booing Cruz after he did not specifically endorse the Republican nominee.

Co-host Stu Burguiere offered his take, saying that what Cruz said Wednesday night could actually help him in the long run.

“If Trump wins by 20 points and he’s a great president, I mean, Cruz is done politically, surely,” Burguiere said. “But if he doesn’t, who else do you look to that stood up and opposed this man?” Burguiere asked.

“Nobody,” Beck said. “Not one person.”

“Who else can you find that stood up in front of 30 million people and did one of the most difficult and brave political things you will ever see in your life?” Burguiere continued.

Gray agreed, saying, “And they called him a coward for it. They’re booing him, and he muscles through it.”

On Wednesday, a Cruz aide suggested the Texas senator was eyeing a possible 2020 presidential bid.

“He’s 45 years old, and he got second,” Jeff Roe told a group of reporters in Cleveland.

Not long after Cruz’s speech, Trump took to Twitter, blasting Cruz for not honoring the pledge to support whoever the Republican nominee was.

Wow, Ted Cruz got booed off the stage, didn’t honor the pledge! I saw his speech two hours early but let him speak anyway. No big deal!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 21, 2016

“Wow, Ted Cruz got booed off the stage, didn’t honor the pledge! I saw his speech two hours early but let him speak anyway. No big deal!” Trump tweeted.

(H/T: GlennBeck.com)

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Posted in Campaign 2016, Donald Trump, Glenn Beck, GOP Convention 2016, Listen, Media, Politics, RNC, Ted Cruz

July 21st, 2016 by Staff Writer

CLEVELAND — Sen. Ted Cruz did little to unify the Republican Party Wednesday night.

The 2016 runner-up and primary opponent to GOP nominee Donald Trump finished his speech Wednesday night without an endorsement, prompting angry jeers from the crowd at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Texas senator went from an enthusiastic reception to almost being booed off the stage as the mostly pro-Trump Republican National Convention attendees gradually began to realize that Cruz wouldn’t endorse their nominee in his convention speech.

Sen. Ted Cruz addresses to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Wednesday. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)

Sen. Ted Cruz addresses to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Wednesday. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)

“Please, don’t stay home in November,” Cruz told viewers watching on television, prompting cheers from the crowd. “If you love our country and love our children as much as I know that you do, stand and speak and vote your conscience. Vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.”

The crowd realized what was happening and started to chant, “Trump, Trump” in response.

Cruz let them cheer for a while, then responded dismissively: “I appreciate the enthusiasm of the New York delegation.”

People react to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., as Cruz addresses delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Wednesday. (AP/Matt Rourke)

People react to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., as Cruz addresses delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Wednesday. (AP/Matt Rourke)

Earlier in the speech, Cruz congratulated Trump on his official nomination, but stopped short of telling his supporters to vote for the billionaire.

“I want to congratulate Donald Trump on winning the nomination last night,” Cruz said. “And like each of you, I want to see the principles that our party believes prevail in November.”

Cruz’s speech focused heavily on the future, including lines aimed at reaching out to the LGBT community and disillusioned Republicans unhappy with the state of the party. Earlier today, Trump’s former campaign manager signaled to reporters that Cruz is likely to run for president again in 2020 — assuming Trump loses in November — or after.

As Cruz wrapped up his speech without an endorsement, the crowd booed harder than ever before.

Cruz was expected to speak for 10 minutes, but ended up speaking for 23.

Trump campaign expected Cruz to talk for 10 minutes. Cruz’ prepared remarks went 9 minutes. He spoke for 23 minutes.

— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) July 21, 2016

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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a failed Republican presidential hopeful, claimed Tuesday the FBI’s decision not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton “threatens the rule of law” and is demanding “full access” to all the information the agency used in its probe.

In a statement, Cruz questioned the integrity of FBI Director James Comey, who Tuesday morning handed down his recommendation regarding Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state.

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“While I have tremendous respect for the dedicated men and women of the FBI, I have serious concerns about the integrity of Director Comey’s decision, and how it threatens the rule of law,” he said.

Cruz argued that the Justice Department has become “politicized” under President Barack Obama, adding that he hopes a similar “politicization has not similarly corrupted the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”

The Texas lawmaker’s comments come after Comey said the practices of Clinton and her top aides was “extremely careless” with national secrets, even though he did not recommend charges against the presumptive Democratic nominee.

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Comey’s decision released a torrent of criticisms from Republicans who believe the move proves the Clintons are above the law and cannot be trusted by the voters.

“Director Comey has rewritten a clearly-worded federal criminal statute,” Cruz said. “In so doing, he has come dangerously close to saying that grossly negligent handling of classified information should not result in serious consequences for high-level officials.”

Clinton’s use of a private email server at the State Department has weighed down the candidate’s campaign for several months and, while Democrats sought to close the door on the scandal Tuesday, Cruz and other Republican lawmakers indicated the issue will live on in Congress.

Comey, who worked under President George W. Bush, emphasized the independence of the FBI’s investigation during his press conference, telling reporters no one at the Justice Department knew what he was planning to say.

The announcement comes after U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately with former President Bill Clinton for 30 minutes on the tarmac of Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport. Last week, when the impromptu meeting happened, Lynch said she did not discuss the FBI’s probe with the former commander in chief.

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley (R), chair of the Judiciary Committee, said Tuesday that the FBI “must be more transparent than ever in releasing information gathered during its investigation.”

“There are plenty of [Freedom of Information Act] and congressional requests pending that have been on hold because of the ongoing nature of the investigation,” he said, “so now the FBI should respond fully and completely to all of them.”


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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a former contender for the Republican presidential nomination, attended a dinner with more than 20 leading conservatives to flesh out his comeback as a movement standard-bearer in the order of Ronald Reagan.

The dinner, reported by The Hill, was held at the Virginia home of conservative activist Brent Bozell, founder of the Media Research Center, and was intended to discuss the future of the senator’s political career.

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Many at the dinner equated Cruz’s position in the Republican Party to that of Reagan, who lost his initial bid for the Republican nomination in 1976 but soared to the top in 1980. Similarly, many conservative figures see an encouraging opportunity for Cruz in 2020.

One of the specific purposes of the meeting was to determine how best to position Cruz for a future presidential campaign and how best to steer the conservative movement from his seat in the Senate chambers.

Dining with Cruz and his chief of staff Paul Teller were some of the senior-most leaders of the conservative movement.

After a long-suffering campaign, Cruz ceded the primary contest to now-presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. The Texas lawmaker has not yet endorsed the billionaire businessman, but has pledged to use his leverage at the GOP Convention in July to ensure “Judeo-Christian principles” remain on the party’s platform.

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June 16th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a former contender for the Republican presidential nomination, attended a dinner with more than 20 leading conservatives to flesh out his comeback as a movement standard-bearer in the order of Ronald Reagan.

The dinner, reported by The Hill, was held at the Virginia home of conservative activist Brent Bozell, founder of the Media Research Center, and was intended to discuss the future of the senator’s political career.

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Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Many at the dinner equated Cruz’s position in the Republican Party to that of Reagan, who lost his initial bid for the Republican nomination in 1976 but soared to the top in 1980. Similarly, many conservative figures see an encouraging opportunity for Cruz in 2020.

One of the specific purposes of the meeting was to determine how best to position Cruz for a future presidential campaign and how best to steer the conservative movement from his seat in the Senate chambers.

Dining with Cruz and his chief of staff Paul Teller were some of the senior-most leaders of the conservative movement.

After a long-suffering campaign, Cruz ceded the primary contest to now-presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. The Texas lawmaker has not yet endorsed the billionaire businessman, but has pledged to use his leverage at the GOP Convention in July to ensure “Judeo-Christian principles” remain on the party’s platform.

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May 14th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) skewered President Barack Obama for his administration’s transgender bathroom directive, saying in a statement that it represented a “dangerous departure” from “common sense” that “must not stand.”

“America has woken up to yet another example of President Barack Obama doing through executive fiat what he cannot get done through our democratic process,” said Cruz, a former candidate for the Republican nomination. “Today, he decreed that schools across the country must allow men and boys to use the restrooms, locker rooms, and shower facilities previously reserved for girls. Not only is this decree contrary to law, but it makes no sense.”

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) waits to speak during a speech at the Heritage Foundation January 28, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) waits to speak during a speech at the Heritage Foundation January 28, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

“There is a reason that we give girls access to their own changing rooms: It is for their privacy, safety, and security,” he added. “The administration’s dangerous departure from that common-sense norm must not stand.”

The sharp statement came the same day the Departments of Justice and Education sent a letter to schools directing the institutions to allow transgender youth to use whichever bathroom matched the gender identify of the student.

Cruz, who previously served as the Texas solicitor general, said he had “handled far too many cases of child molesters” to allow the administration to permit “grown men or boys to be in bathrooms with little girls.” He urged schools to ignore the Obama administration’s directive.

“I encourage every school superintendent, school board, and parent across this nation to disregard this barely veiled threat from the White House aimed at overturning the utterly reasonable practice of preventing men and boys from entering girls’ restrooms and changing rooms,” he said.

“As a father of young girls, I wouldn’t want my daughters being forced to change in the same room as men and boys. It’s that simple,” Cruz added. “And parents across this country shouldn’t have to tolerate it either.”

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Republican front-runner Donald Trump took the stage Tuesday night, this time as the GOP’s “presumptive nominee” — something he said he didn’t expect.

After thanking his family, staff and the voters of Indiana for his victory in the Hoosier State and the “unbelievable” year he has had, Trump pivoted toward his now-former rival Ted Cruz, who ended his presidential bid Tuesday night.

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Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Gone were references to his famous “Lyin’ Ted” nickname and in its place were glowing words for the Texas senator.

“Ted Cruz, I don’t know if he likes me, but he is one hell of a competitor. He is one smart guy. He has got an amazing future,” Trump said, later adding that Cruz’s decision to drop out was a “brave” one because the Republicans “have to have unity.”

“I understand how Ted feels, and Heidi, and their whole beautiful family,” he continued.

Then, Trump, who now possesses 1,041 delegates, gave Republicans a glimpse into what his White House administration would look like.

Though he’s taken a tough stance on the border and international trade, Trump insisted that the U.S. is “gonna have unbelievably good relationships with other countries, but, likewise, they’re gonna have to treat us fair.”

“We’re gonna have great economic development and we’re not gonna let countries take that away from us,” he said, promising to bring employment to both the Hispanic and African-American communities.

In addition, Trump continued his promise to defeat the Islamic State, should he win the White House in November.

“We’re going to build up our military bigger, better, stronger than ever before,” he said. “[W]e cannot allow the Islamic State to continue.”

Concluding his remarks, Trump thanked Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus for the “amazing job” he has done leading the Republican Party.

“Our theme is very simple. It’s ‘Make America great again.’ … You will be so proud of this country very soon. Thank you very much,” Trump said as he turned to walk away from his podium.

As it stands, Trump has 1,047 delegates, followed by Cruz with 565 delegates and Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 153 delegates. Moving forward, Trump has a lot of work to do in order to truly unify the Republican Party before the GOP convention in July and, ultimately, the general election in November.

In order to secure the Republican nomination, a candidate must earn at least 1,237 delegates.

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May 4th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus urged members of his party to unite behind Donald Trump after Ted Cruz ended his bid for the White House Tuesday night.

Calling Trump the “presumptive nominee,” Priebus said the party’s efforts needed to be focused on defeating Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

.@realDonaldTrump will be presumptive @GOP nominee, we all need to unite and focus on defeating @HillaryClinton #NeverClinton

— Reince Priebus (@Reince) May 4, 2016

Cruz ended his campaign after a devastating loss to front-runner Donald Trump in Indiana. Ohio Gov. John Kasich vowed to stay in the race, but his path to the nomination was not clear and appeared highly improbable.

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May 4th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) ended his run for the White House Tuesday evening after a devastating loss to front-runner Donald Trump in Indiana.

“From the beginning, I’ve said I’d continue on as long as there is a viable path to victory,” Cruz said after the loss. “Tonight, I’m sorry to say, it appears the path has been foreclosed.”

“Together we left it all on the field in Indiana. We gave it everything we’ve got. But the voters chose another path,” the Texas senator added. “And so, with a heavy heart, but with boundless optimism for the longterm future of our nation, we are suspending our campaign.”

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Bryan Thomas/Getty Images

“But hear me now, I am not suspending our fight for liberty,” Cruz continued. “I am not suspending our fight to defend the Constitution. To defend the judeo-Christian values that built America. Our movement will continue.”

Had he succeeded in his quest, Cruz would have been the first U.S. president of Hispanic descent, although he often downplayed his heritage on the campaign trail, instead, touting the need for tougher immigration laws, for a border wall along the border with Mexico, protecting gun rights, repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law and instituting a flat tax.

Cruz argued he was the only true conservative in the race, building on his reputation in the Senate where he clashed both with Democrats and members of his own party over his ideological stubbornness. Cruz railed against what he called the “Washington cartel,” trying to appeal to an electorate that is craving political outsiders.

But he ultimately couldn’t compete with Trump’s appeal among white, working class voters who were drawn to the billionaire’s outlandish approach to politics.

Trump, now the presumptive Republican nominee, defeated Cruz by double-digits in Indiana — a state that the Texas senator had poured all his resources into.

Cruz criss-crossed the state touting the endorsement of Gov. Mike Pence and selected former rival Carly Fiorina as his running-mate.

All that proved to be fruitless, however, when Trump delivered him a crushing defeat in the Hoosier State, sending the billionaire real estate mogul marching toward the 1,237 delegates needed to win the GOP nomination outright.

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Conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh believes the establishment wing of the Republican Party actually wants to see 2016 candidate Ted Cruz earn the GOP nomination this summer.

During his radio program Monday, Limbaugh suggested that establishment Washington believes both Republican front-runner Donald Trump and Cruz will lose “in a landslide” in the general election, but it’s the Texas senator who the they would “rather never have to deal with again.”

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Image source: YouTube

With Cruz, Limbaugh argued, the GOP establishment can finally kill “principled” conservatism, proving to grassroots conservative voters that they do not produce candidates who have broad enough appeal to win nationally.

“The Republican Party is filled with potential Ted Cruzes,” he said. “So they don’t think they have to worry about another Trump ever again, ’cause he’s the only one there is. But Cruz? Well, there’s a lot of potential Cruzes out there.  And how do they get rid of them once and for all?  And the answer to that is, Cruz getting the nomination and losing 50 states.”

He continued, “They will say, ‘You keep telling us that we pick these RINOs or these moderate, these Northeastern liberals like Romney or these moderates like McCain and Dole, and they lose all the time. What happens when you guys run? You guys lose in landslides! You guys lose. Just go away.’”

Limbaugh said it would be a “dream” for establishment Republicans if “principled” voters would leave the party, taking with them their hardline positions on issues like abortion and gay marriage, and nominating Cruz is the way to achieve that goal because there are a lot of conservatives like him who also want to “shake up the establishment.”

As for Trump, though Limbaugh said establishment Republicans think he’ll lose, too, they aren’t really worried about reproductions because he’s a “genuine outsider” who they “don’t know how to deal with.”

“He has his own money, doesn’t need any part of the apparatus. They don’t figure there’s very many of those, if any,” he said. “So that’s where I think they line up on all this.”

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May 3rd, 2016 by Staff Writer

Republican front-runner Donald Trump said in an interview Monday that he would have to “think about” offering 2016 rival Ted Cruz a spot on the Supreme Court because he was not sure the Texas senator had the “temperament” for the job.

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“I don’t know, I’d have to think about it,” Trump said in response to a question from a Daily Mail reporter during a sit-down interview.

“There’s a whole question of uniting and there’s a whole question as to temperament,” Trump added.

Trump has previously sought to make Cruz’s temperament an issue in the 2016 race. Earlier in the year, the brash billionaire attacked Cruz over the perceived character flaw. He later backtracked, saying of Cruz, ‘He has a wonderful temperament.”

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Indiana Primary

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The Indiana Primary is critical in the presidential campaign. This primary is crucial to all of the running candidates. Even Clinton and Trump are ready to be fully engaged.

 

Indiana Primary

 

Despite their obvious placement behind Trump in the race, Trump rivals refuse to back down.

 

Cruz said on ABC, “We’re going the distance. We’re going into Cleveland, and it will be a contested convention.”

 

Trump had some things to say as well:

“They’re hanging by their fingernails. I’d like to see the party pull together. Now if it doesn’t pull together, I think I’m still going to win.”

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The 2016 presidential campaign rumbled through Indiana Sunday focused on Tuesday’s critical primary, even as front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump itched to fully engage in the one-on-one battle they cast as inevitable.

But the underdogs in both parties made clear they had no plans to exit the race, at least until the Indiana results come in — and perhaps longer.

“We’re going the distance,” Trump rival Ted Cruz said on ABC’s “This Week,” arguing that Trump won’t be able to get the majority of delegates required to clinch the nomination. “We’re going into Cleveland, and it will be a contested convention.”

WATCH: @TedCruz vows to “go the distance” ahead of crucial Indiana primary https://t.co/RzOF8sfM0d #ThisWeek https://t.co/2SAWk3YT6P

— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) May 1, 2016

On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders insisted that his path to the nomination depends on the unlikely prospect of flipping superdelegates who are now committed to Clinton. Superdelegates can vote for the candidate they prefer. The former secretary of state is still 91 percent of the way to the nomination, according to The Associated Press. She is 218 delegates away from winning the 2,383 need to clinch the nomination.

“We have an uphill climb, no question about it,” he said, before hopping a plane to Indiana to continue his campaign.

And so the stalemate between the front-runners and their struggling rivals continued.

The frustration was dramatic on the Republican side. Campaigning in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Trump again reiterated that he believes the GOP race is over even though he does not yet have the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the nomination, and he mocked Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich for failing to exit the race.

“They’re hanging by their fingernails,” said Trump, who urged the party to come together behind his candidacy. But even if it doesn’t, he said, he expects to be the Republican nominee.

“I’d like to see the party pull together,” Trump said. “Now if it doesn’t pull together, I think I’m still going to win.”

At an earlier rally in Terre Haute, Indiana, Trump groused that his rivals were forcing him into “wasting time” that he could otherwise spend raising “money for the Senate races.”

New NBC/WSJ/Marist poll shows @realDonaldTrump ahead of @tedcruz in Indiana. #MTP

Trump 49%
Cruz 34%
Kasich 13% pic.twitter.com/nBDNvWWi5K

— Meet the Press (@meetthepress) May 1, 2016

That overt offer of fundraising is new for Trump, incentive for Republican leaders to help push Cruz and Kasich out of the race. Senior adviser Paul Manafort further telegraphed the message Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” saying that Trump is looking to strengthen ties to “leaders of the Republican Party and various committees to help raise money for them.”

Clinton, in Indianapolis, did not bother mentioning Sanders’ name. Instead, she criticized Trump for embracing GOP economic policies that have left everyday workers behind. And she took aim at both Trump and Cruz for wanting to “slash taxes on the wealthy” and for using “dangerous” rhetoric about Muslims.

Poll: @HillaryClinton leads @BernieSanders in Indiana by four points. pic.twitter.com/k96HlMcILr

— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 1, 2016

Cruz wasn’t surrendering to the delegate math, even after a tough week in which former House Speaker John Boehner called him “Lucifer in the flesh” and “a miserable son of a bitch.” Cruz pointed out on several political talk shows that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and former California Gov. Pete Wilson have endorsed him and that Trump can’t get a majority of Republicans to back him.

The Cruz campaign has put an emphasis on Indiana and a loss here could be perceived as crippling to his campaign, which is perhaps why the candidate himself has shifted to talking about competing in next month’s California primary and beyond.

Trump dominated the talk show conversation Sunday. On ABC, the first question posed to former CIA director and defense secretary Robert Gates was about what a Trump candidacy would mean for the nation’s national security.

“I think based on the speech, you’d have somebody who doesn’t understand the difference between a business negotiation and a negotiation with sovereign powers,” Gates, who has worked for both Republican and Democratic presidents, replied.

Meanwhile, Sanders was facing a new round of questions about why he was even still running.

“It’s difficult, it’s not impossible,” Sanders said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” of his increasingly bleak challenge to Clinton.

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“Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd became increasingly frustrated with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as the senator repeatedly evaded his questions Sunday and refused to answer whether or not he would support Donald Trump if he wins the Republican presidential nomination.

After a very heated primary season, Todd attempted to gauge whether Cruz would follow through on the candidates’ joint promise at the beginning of the Republican presidential debates to support whomever the party’s nominee would eventually be.

Image source: "Meet the Press"

Image source: “Meet the Press”

“You’ve spent this entire interview trying to eviscerate Donald Trump,” Todd said Cruz in the middle of the interview. “If he’s the nominee, I take it you can’t support him anymore, can you?”

Cruz responded, saying, “I believe that if the Republican party nominates Donald Trump, we will lose to Hillary,” Cruz said.

After Cruz continued for several seconds longer, Todd interrupted him to ask the question again.

“But are you going to support him? I understand what you believe about the Republican party,” Todd said. “Can you support him? Can you tell your delegates, ‘Lay down your arms and support Donald Trump?’”

When Cruz responded, saying that he recognized “that many in the media would love for me to surrender to Donald Trump,” Todd indicated that he was having none of it.

“It’s not about the media, it’s about the numbers!” Todd countered. “[Trump] may win. Republican voters are the ones rejecting you. This is not a media conspiracy, senator!”

Cruz fired back, saying, ”Well, actually, with all due respect, the media has given two billion dollars of free advertising to Donald Trump … Listen, the — the simple reality is the media, almost entirely, are liberal, partisan, Democrats. That is the reality of it. The media created this Trump phenomenon, and then — and then they don’t hold him accountable. Now, I’m sure the media plan to do so if he’s the nominee in the general election.”

The two continued to go back and forth as Cruz listed his problems with the media and with Trump. Finally, Todd tried once more time to receive an answer to his original question.

“All right, can you answer the question about whether you are going to support … are you going to support Donald Trump if he’s the nominee?” Todd asked.

Cruz fired back, “I am going to beat Donald Trump. We are headed to a contested convention, and we’re gonna win, and I’m not willing to concede this country. Listen, this is my kids’ future, Chuck. It’s not — it’s not simply a game. If we lose…this, if we lose this, we lose our country. We lose the Supreme Court for a generation, religious liberty is taken away, the Second Amendment is taken away, our kids are bankrupted. We are at the edge of a cliff.”

Image source: "Meet the Press"

Image source: “Meet the Press”

Todd responded, “Don’t you think it’s important to take a stand? You just said, it’s a time for choosing. If it’s a time for choosing, say it. For him or against him as the nominee? It’s a time for choosing, is it not?”

Cruz answered, “Chuck, Chuck, you’re welcome — you’re welcome to lobby for support for Trump as much as possible. We are going to beat Trump because Trump’s winning the nomination loses the country … And I am not willing to give up on America.”

Finally, Todd accepted that Cruz would not give him an answer, after all.

“All right, so let the record show, you have not taken a position on whether Trump, whether you can support Trump if he’s the nominee,” Todd said. “Fair enough?”

Cruz responded, “And let the record show you tried very, very hard to get me to commit to supporting Trump. The record will show that.”

Watch the interview below.

(H/T: Mediaite)

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PHOENIX (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz pulled out a strategic victory at Saturday’s Arizona Republican Party convention, nailing down a large majority of delegates to the national convention amid cheating accusations from backers of businessman Donald Trump.

The Cruz slate won virtually all of the 28 at-large national delegates and roughly split the 27 delegates selected by congressional district.

Former Gov. Jan Brewer, losing her first election in 35 years, angrily yelled “I got cheated — I got cheated,” as the results became known.

But Cruz’s Arizona campaign organizer says simple math led to the at-large victory. Cruz offered a nearly identical slate of candidates as John Kasich backers, and the combined votes led to a win.

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at a campaign rally Friday, April 15, 2016,  in Rochester, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

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The victory was mainly strategic for Cruz since all 58 Arizona delegates are required to vote for Trump on the first national ballot because he won the state’s primary. There are three automatic delegates, including state party Chairman Robert Graham.

With Trump at nearly 1,000 national delegates out of 1,237 he needs to win the presidential nomination outright after recent sweeps of five eastern states, even Cruz’s Arizona backers believe Saturday’s effort is likely to be for naught.

“It’s most likely that Trump will be the next president, but I’m trying my hardest for it to be Cruz,” said state Rep. David Livingston, who is unabashedly backing Cruz.

State Treasurer Jeff DeWit, who chairs Trump’s Arizona campaign, said a challenge is possible after calls for a revote were rejected by the party.

“The Trump campaign is very unhappy with the results,” DeWit told reporters. “We don’t feel that this was a fair process. The Trump button got checked more than any other, so why do we have so few delegates?”

Constantin Querard, Cruz’s Arizona campaign chair, countered: “They lost because of math, not because of malfeasance. If you take the people that want Cruz, and you add to them the people who don’t want Trump, that’s a majority in just about any room in America.”

Graham, the state party chairman, said the election was run fairly, and the Kasich-Cruz slates just combined to get the win.

“Mr. DeWit is making a habit of making outlandish comments to try to crush the integrity of a great meeting,” Graham said. “This was a very pronounced victory for the Cruz-Kasich slates. If it was close, then you might say ‘Hey, one person here, one person there,’ but this was a commanding victory.”

The battle at Saturday’s convention goes back weeks, when Cruz backers were wrangling at local party meetings to nail down delegates to the state party.

Gov. Doug Ducey opened the convention by calling on the party faithful to end Democratic control of the White House.

Ducey called the past eight years “the most futile in modern American history” and said that it’s time to “put a Republican in the White House and Hillary Clinton in the Big House.”

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