Ted Cruz Dominates Republican Straw Poll

Considered early predictor of party's next choice for president

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Sen. Ted Cruz R-Texas pauses while speaking at the Values Voter Summit, held by the Family Research Council Action, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, in Washington.

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas won by double digits a straw poll conducted by the conservative Family Research Council Action that is considered an early predictor of the next Republican choice for president.

Cruz won the Values Voter Summit straw poll Saturday night with 42 percent of votes, more than three times runner-ups Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon and Fox News contributor,  and Senator Rick Santorum. The vote is a strong endorsement from conservatives for the Texas senator’s combative stance against the White House.

Cruz has been a leading lawmaker seeking to delay or defund the Affordable Care Act.

Republican senators Rand Paul and Marco Rubio came in fourth and fifth, respectively.

[The Washington Post]

122 comments
NathanWalker
NathanWalker

I can only hope that the Tea Party morons dominate the GOP primaries and they are dumb enough to nominate Cruz.  I don't see them being that dumb/dominated, but one can hope. 

zsandon
zsandon

Words like opportunist, venal, self-centered, exploitative, unimaginative and inept come readily to mind. It must be true, Harvard only has high standards for admission. And got a standing ovation for abysmal failure in Texas?? Ah, well, it's Texas. It seems to be true, you can't cure Republican. Was his last name Kardashian before he changed it?

generationpolitics
generationpolitics

Texas should be banned from voting. They are the lone star state let them be their own country, they probably couldn't make it a year before they start shooting each other. 

blakeNaustin
blakeNaustin

Love Cruz.  Wish we could clone him.  Finally someone who will stand up and expose all the far left nonsense coming from the Democrats, RINOs, and media.  Keep up the good work!  You would make a great minority leader in the Senate.  McConnell is a nightmare.

gooddeallucille
gooddeallucille

Ted Cruz looks like Joe McCarthy.  I'm not joking.  Look it up.  The resemblance is uncanny.

barneydidit
barneydidit

So Cruz will run to right....4 or 5 other GOP contenders will try to out-right him but fail because somewhere in their past they said something or voted for something logical, Cruz will win the Republican nomination, Cruz will lose to a centrist Democrat in the general election, Republicans will tell us he lost because he failed to energize the base. 

WillieSoma
WillieSoma

Cuban/Canadian Raphael Cruz is a citizen because his mother was American. B'arak Obama isn't an American citizen even though his mother was born in Kansas, USA and he was born in the state of Hawaii. No contradictions here.

rcharding
rcharding

This is wonderful--as a result, the Democrats will win in the largest electoral landslide in history! Run, Ted, Run!

SeatofMars
SeatofMars

So I guess you now know what the faux-libuster was in aid of. The guy was a distant last before that stunt. 

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

With every sad, laughable choice of leadership - Palin, Santorum, Cain, Trump, Huckabee, the Teatard House Caucus and now Cruz, I await the cult-of-savvy Beltway press buying a clue just what the GOP has become and explaining that to the great unwashed masses in the most explicit manner possible. Stop treating them like a respectable governing party.

Ergosum
Ergosum

I'm going to register as a Republican just so I can vote for Cruz in a primary.   If he'd choose Palin or Bachmann as his running mate, it would be a dream come true.  Run, Ted, Run!

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

The lemming echo chamber just picked a new king lemming. Good for them.

Hollywooddeed
Hollywooddeed

This is especially exciting since in previous years the straw poll winners were losers Romney, Pence, Huckabee and Ron Paul.

drudown
drudown

Once again, the "paid-for-Media" conspicuously fails to even acknowledge that these "candidates" are PUBLIC SERVANTS. 

Cruz advocates for the subversion of the State itself and his own conduct has INJURED the United States. 

Oh, gee, it's "news" if some "paid-for-lobbyist" group "likes him the most"?

That's what Reagan "killing" the Fairness Act in the bathtub gave us.

Openminded1
Openminded1

Relax my liberal friends, foes and fellow citizens, Hillary  will be the next President, all you Male libs, all women in general no matter what party they are affiliated with and the media will make sure  she wins. the media needs something new to talk about like making history again with the first black in office and now the first women. everyone wants to see billy as the first gentlemen of the country. female Interns beware. So all you libs out there rest easy let up on the computer keys  the tea party Cuban Canadian/wannabe american has not a snow balls chance in hell in winning the whit house.

HudsonValleyTim
HudsonValleyTim

Oh please, please, please, please, PLEASE SANTA!!!....if you make Teddy the GOP candidate, we'll never ask for another thing as long as we live,

Sincerely,

Every Democrat in the United Stated

lurch
lurch

Brain damage. They all must be drinking bleach or something.

synmax11
synmax11

The poll was conducted on members of a Tea Party Political Organization - so of course they applaud Ted Cruz' actions, that's his core support.  Try polling the entire Republican Party and I think the poll results would be very different.  Cruz is very unpopular with the overall Republican membership and especially their corporate and financial backers.  If Cruz does get the nomination then that's great, we'll have another Democratic President.

I'll make a guess that Ted Cruz does a Joe McCarthy move and implodes by then.  Cruz is making powerful enemies who would love to crush his political ambitions and shut him up before he does permanent damage to the Republican Party and the Federal Government.

JoseGomez
JoseGomez

@drudown

At the 4-0 vote, Chairman Patrick said,

“ We seek to extend to the electronic press the same First Amendment guarantees that the print media have enjoyed since our country's inception.

 Doesn't Congress appoint FCC commissioners?  

The FCC is directed by five commissioners appointed by the U.S. president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate for five-year terms, except when filling an unexpired term. The president designates one of the commissioners to serve as chairman. Only three commissioners may be members of the same political party. None of them may have a financial interest in any FCC-related business.[2][4]

Who had the majority in the Senate in 1987?  DEMOCRATS. 


100th Congress (1987-1989)

Majority Party: Democrat (55 seats)

Minority Party: Republican (45 seats)

Other Parties: 0

Total Seats: 100

What year was the Fairness doctrine abolished?  1987.

So what's your beef?

Are you against the First Amendment? 

 

JoseGomez
JoseGomez

@Openminded1 NEWSFLASH:  Benghazi matters, and her lackluster performance over Benghazi will be the end of her. Her only hope is her running against Chris Christie the RINO from New Jersey. Look forward to a Cruz-Paul administration in January 2017.

Arimathean
Arimathean

@Openminded1 
It's weird that you spout off about a "media conspiracy" when Fox has the largest market share and leans far right (just as MSNBC leans far left).  How in the world do you justify that to yourself?

drudown
drudown

@Openminded1

In other words, "paid for" PR losers like you will do their best to deflect attention from the Speaker trying to coerce Unconstitutional concessions via the Speaker's (1) Anticipatory Repudiation of Congress' PLENARY duty to RAISE REVENUE under Article I, Section 8 culminating in a premeditated "default" and (2) proposing same be effectuated via an Unconstitutional Legislative Veto? 

Maybe you can "man up" and proffer a cost/benefit argument effort as to WHY any voter wants to vote the GOP into office if it admits it wants to "drown the government in the bathtub?" Do tell, Benedict Arnold. 

"Thy love afar is spite at home." - Emerson

Openminded1
Openminded1

@HudsonValleyTim Your looking a little under the weather there Tim, I  have seen this before it is called GOPPHOBIA. You never can truly get well after it gets into your blood. Tea party IV's help only slightly.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@lurch You have to quit smoking lurch , you are looking a shade to green.

Ergosum
Ergosum

@synmax11 'before he does permanent damage'?  I think that horse left the barn.

canisfamilaris
canisfamilaris

@MichelleBoutin So, even though the fact that Senator Cruz was verifiable born in Canada does not make him ineligible for President? If that's the case, then it doesn't matter where President Obama was born, does it? 

canisfamilaris
canisfamilaris

@MichelleBoutin That dog don't hunt no more (not that it ever really did). However, there is no such thing as enough evidence for your ilk, so I'll just have to be satisfied knowing that as long as you people are running the Republican party, they will never win another National Election.

drudown
drudown

@JoseGomez @drudown

Taken to its illogical conclusion, the Speaker (and, indeed, many “Fairness Act-less” Media talking heads) seem to parrot the same unfounded, Tea Party theory that, gee, “maybe not following the law and ‘shutting down’ the government is somehow ‘needed medicine’ for the State as their own GOP Senate leader faces indictment charges for Corruption and Self Dealing (e.g., Sen. McConnell accepting personal gifts and perks from the Foreign money pushing obstructionist tactics that culminate in the present breach of Duty). Of course, no officer of the Court can cite any such legal authority purporting to justify the Congress placing personal interests (or even GOP special interests groups’ agendas) over performing legal functions and honorably discharge agency on behalf of the People, for none exists. See, e.g., Lundy v. Masson (2008) 260 S.W.3d 482 (“A Fiduciary Duty arises out of agency or operating in an official capacity based on a special relationship between the two parties- particularly where one is subject to the control of the other”). As such, it is simply unavailing for the Speaker or GOP Congress to invoke some self-made procedural “roadblock” or even purport to interfere with the necessary and proper functioning of the State. By analogy, the GOP would condition the People to believe a Financial Advisor appointed by the State could, what, refuse to promptly file necessary legal documents pursuant to Court Order because he/she “refused to follow the law” on account of partisan beliefs. That is advocating for no law at all.

Consequently, it is absolutely legal blasphemy to hear the “paid-for” Media – much less Congress- even imply that, what, either the Speaker or Sen. McConnell – or Grover Norquist for that matter- can operate like some Tyrannical despot and disregard the express language of Article I, Section 8 because either “he” or “his base” want to gain some “concessions” via Unconstitutional Legislative Vetoes or, worse still, a “shut down” that former Defense Secretary Panetta already aptly noted were a National Security risk. That is flat out false and the Media is- similar to the run-up to the Iraq invasion (i.e., given Saudi Arabia- not Saddam- was actually behind the 9/11 attacks)- complicit in creating a fabricated sense of legality where none exists. If that is the “indirect result” of the Reagan/Bush “deregulation” of the Fairness Act…the Several States should enact legislation or sue in the Supreme Court (i.e., which retains original jurisdiction) to prevent such a “chilling effect” on the First Amendment and being a proven means for officials to circumvent applicable law. This should be considered carefully.

“When the country is in chaos, loyal ministers appear.” – Lao Tzu

PatrishDehler
PatrishDehler

@JoseGomez @Openminded1 I serious doubt that.  The country always votes moderate be it Republican or Democrat.  They do not like anyone to far right or left. 

Openminded1
Openminded1

@JoseGomez @Openminded1 Jose, I have no love for Hillary and agree about Benghazi but that will not keep her from the Oval office, Cruz will not make it pass the primary.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@Arimathean @Openminded1 Read my post dummy about the media. take the time to research before opening your silly mouth. And whats with the stupid avatar, you a cartoon figure?

Openminded1
Openminded1

@drudown @Openminded1 You need Prozac or something to help that conspiracy theory mind of yours. Paid for by whom moron? I am an old retired guy who can careless about the moron speaker. You need mental help and or at least to get a life away from politics you are over the top. I hope you do not work around people.

drudown
drudown

@Openminded1 @HudsonValleyTim 

You simply parrot the same Foreign-money funded propaganda that tries to condition Americans into imagining the political process designed to SERVE the PEOPLE is some contest of ideological principles simply proffered to shroud greed and treachery. 

The "shut down" hurt America. It is self-evident that FOREIGN money is behind ANY "movement" to hurt the People. If you "drown the government in the bathtub" it logically follows- by DEFINITION- you are INJURING real, living American citizens. 

How do YOU reconcile that treason?

MichelleBoutin
MichelleBoutin

@aztecian  No he was not born there  you are fool DUMB!!!!!! 

Openminded1
Openminded1

@Arimathean @Openminded1 You are a very strange little man, you must be lonely living in that world of fantasy and make believe. Do you spend any time at all with people of your own age? Try getting out more and socialize . relax get laid, eat at fine dining if you can, take a vacation, buy a puppy. just live and get off the computer, seem mental help something to improve your quality of life i worry about you.

Arimathean
Arimathean

@Openminded1 @Arimathean 

I did read your post.  And I responded to it.

I found your avatar comment cutting, though.  Cut me to the quick, it did.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@drudown @Openminded1 @mantisdragon91 There is no doubt in my mind dru, you have done your homework on the subject, but I wonder if you take it to an obsessive point of which is not healthy. I will admit you are thorough , I feel you are at a brick wall of which can not be tumbled.

drudown
drudown

@Openminded1 @mantisdragon91 @drudown

It is hard to say which violation of applicable law is more blatant: the Congress' failure to pass a budget on an ANNUAL basis or its disregard of the law of Judicial Estoppel:

The doctrine of judicial estoppel is sometimes referred to
as the doctrine of preclusion of inconsistent positions as applied to any official proceedings [Jackson v. County of Los Angeles (1997) 60 Cal.App.4th 171, 181, 70 Cal.Rptr.2d 96]; in order to maintain the integrity of the government, judicial estoppel precludes a party from gaining an advantage by
taking one position, and then seeking a second advantage by taking an incompatible position in disputes involving the same set of operative facts. Id.; Scripps Clinic v. Superior Court
(2003) 108 Cal.App.4th 917, 943, 134 Cal.Rptr.3d 101. Here,
the GOP implicitly contends that Article I, Section 8's express language mandating Congress raise revenue for the People's "general WELFARE" is somehow "discretionary", despite the fact the attendant circumstances, foreseeability of harm to the United States, our precedent and empirical evidence proves otherwise. 

Openminded1
Openminded1

@mantisdragon91 @Openminded1 @drudown Mantis mantis, No one especially not me said anything about being legal or moral to alter anything , read my old foe and comprehend my post.. you are preaching to the wrong guy. Maybe the the old home for judges, you know the supreme morons should step in>

PatrishDehler
PatrishDehler

@Openminded1 @drudown @HudsonValleyTim That's because he is not white and he's a Democrat.  I am so tired of this whining because some people's 'guys' didn't win.  Get over it you can try in 2016 and see if you can come up with something better.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@drudown @Openminded1 @HudsonValleyTim Greed,ego,self serving arrogant ass holes yes., but treason Drudown is a real stretch . The one I do not trust is Obama he has lied to the American people many times and I doubt is true motivations.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@MichelleBoutin @canisfamilaris Hey Michelle in this country Donald is known as a moron and what he says is not taken serious even by mental patients. I am afraid you are to far gone. Obama is a Muslim and racist so you can stick to that there are facts leaning in that direction, but never quote Trump.

Diecash1
Diecash1

@MichelleBoutin @canisfamilaris Congratulations!  You've made the most ignorant comment of the day!

Seriously, Trump?  Can you really be this stupid?  I'd chalk it up to a weak attempt at trolling, but, judging by your other comments, you're simply a moron.